Feed a crowd for cheap

I like to entertain. If I have to choose 3 things to do the rest of my life, it would be something where I am surrounded with people who has to be fed or entertained. Or both. Oh and wine and G&Ts will have to feature as well…. Anyway, my point – I love having people over, making them feel at home and allowing them to relax. And I think I am kind of good at it. Our parties always start early, and go on way later than other people’s. We don’t invite you over for a meal, usually it stretches over 2 meals or at least a meal and a very substantial snack. The upside – lots of smiling friends and family, meeting new people and remembering why they love the old ones. The downside – serious drain on our budget. Even if we approach it as a “bring-and-braai” it still costs a few bucks to have a nice salad and side dish, ice, good coffee with actual milk (no plastic milk in our house), and all those extras that inevitably end up being provided for by the hosts. But because we love entertaining so much, we have learned a few tips over the years to make it kinder on your pocket while getting lots of compliments for our efforts.