We always do a big party for the Winterfest Boat Parade, but because of all the traveling back & forth to Louisville and the surgery, we had decided not to do it this year.
Well, 2 days before the day, looks like we will have about 20 people over.
I've made it quite clear to everyone that this is not a 'party party' per se, like we always do ... more of a casual gathering.
In other words, no the big food spread, alchol and such. Plus, hubby has said he'd like to make it a early night.
Here are the food things I'm looking at ... trying to keep it from pantry & freezer to keep cost down:
spinach dip - have all ingredients already
smoked fish dip - dh makes this using canned tuna, have in pantry
snausages - smoked sausage in bbq sauce
spicy meatballs - have all, except may need to buy another can of rotel
stuffed shells - freezer (from the cooking span before we went to surgery)
summer sausage & cheese platter - picked up summer sausage @ aldis (2.99) and need to buy cheese
chili - girlfriend wants to make & bring
sweet & sour meatballs - another girlfriend wants to bring
I know there are some other things, just can't remember what. So that's that! I really hope it's not a big deal. We have no christmas decorations out unless the kids want to put out the snowmen? :)
Frugal tip: use what you have in house, be creative when it comes to last minute gatherings. You don't have to run to store & spend $100 to entertain.