I talk to a lot of people who would like to entertain and host a party and never do because they think it costs too much. I was inspired to write this article because people are always asking me how I host so many parties on such a small budget. Well here is exactly how I do it.......... Having a party can be fun and entertaining. If you have never hosted a party before you are really missing out on some great entertainment. It is not that complicated, all you need is a little money and organization. The great part of hosting the event is that you can delegate different responsibilities and make it a fun event and not a painstaking complicated project. When I first started I selected some appetizers, main entrees and deserts and used them over again for many different events like: Sport events, baseball Games, football games, basketball games and Concerts, my favorite is a Jimmy Buffet Concert. Of course I am including the normal festive holidays and family and friends birthdays. Like any project someone needs to take charge and sort of develop a plan. Where? When? And what are you serving? Then write down what supplies are needed and who is responsible for different jobs. After deciding where? and when? Now comes the planning.A theme for type of food – Cajun, Barbecue, Picnic Food, etc., Or Just Pot Luck, especially if you are going to have people brings items. Sending invitations is classy and with computers you can now make your own. People are very ingenious about recipes and what entertainment they will have before and during the party or major event. So let your imagination take over when it comes to coming up with a theme and games. Personally I enjoy talking and socializing.
This is an example of a low cost item to serve:
Tostada Chip Supreme
An excellent appetizer or main dish for any sports event or home party. Combination of tostada chips, beef or chicken, beans, onions, tomatoes, cheese.
1 bag of Restaurant style tostada chips
1 12 oz. can Mexican style tomatoes with jalapeños
1 10 oz. can black olives.
1 12 oz. small can red kidney beans
1/4 cup shredded lettuce.
1/8 cup diced onions
1/2 cup cooked ground beef mixture or a combination of beef and chicken with taco spices
1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. (Kraft Mexican Style Cheese is an excellent choice.)
Prepare taco meat mixture as you would be making tacos, cook beef and add a taco seasoning and onions. After taco mixture is prepared, place chips on a large flat pan and spoon taco mixture on chips then top with kidney beans, tomatoes and jalapeño sauce. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake at 350 degrees oven until cheese melts. Remove from oven and add lettuce on top along with additional tomatoes jalapeño sauce, shredded cheese and serve.
NoteYou can add many different ingredients and become creative with this appetizer. Black olives and green olives different combination of cheeses etc.