Dinner Party on a Budget

We all know how expensive going out can be.  The cost of dinner, a movie ticket, plus candy and a drink if you choose to visit the concession stand can put you well over $30.  And don’t even get me started on how much it costs to get appetizers and drinks at your favorite wine bar!  So why not opt for an evening in instead?  That’s exactly what I did this past Friday night!

Putting together a small dinner party not only puts money back in your pocket, but it’s also FUN and EASY—my two favorite words :).  Pick a theme and start planning from there.  Ours happened to be men bashing—I mean celebrating being single—and wine!  Ask everyone to bring a side dish that goes along with the overall theme and, in our case, a bottle of wine—and wallah, you’re set for an evening of fun for half the price you would normally pay to go out!

Our spread included:

Wine, of course!  Other booze was there to visit but didn’t come out to play.  Apparently wine likes to party exclusively.

A delicious spread of cheese and crackers, veggies and hummus, chips and spinach dip, kabobs, and dessert!

Check out the amazing strawberry pie my friend Christina made!  Plus her kabobs were ah-may-zing!

I brought a bottle of Red Rover 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, a Californian red that was given to me as a gift.  I had never tried this wine before last night, but at $7.99 a bottle (yes, I did my research!), it wasn’t half bad.

Cab is a dry red wine known for it’s high tannin levels and bell pepper aroma.  This Cab was said to have aromas of cherries, berries, and cassis.  Cassis is a French term used to describe the black currant flavor that appears in wine.  Because of the high tannins that appear in Cabs, they are best paired with meat, strong cheeses and dark chocolate.  I picked up some Gouda from the grocery store which was absolutely fantastic when paired with the Cab.  You could also choose an aged cheddar, provolone, or Le Moulis.

If you want to splurge and plan an entire dinner around Cab, try this:

  • Filet mignon
  • Garlic herb mashed potatoes and steamed asparagus
  • Dark chocolate torte for dessert

Now you’ve got all the tools you need to plan your next dinner party!

Cheers,

Jess

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3 Responses to “Dinner Party on a Budget”

  1. Jasmine @ Eat Move Write Says:

    Looks awesome! That strawberry pie is so pretty! I might be needing an event planner to celebrate a certain career success coming up… I think I might combine it with a house warming. I’d like to maybe have it be book-themed. Have people bring new or gently used books that we could donate to a low-income school or a womens shelter? Just a thought.

  2. Christina Bashian Says:

    Great job with your wine selection. As usual, you always know the best wines to try!

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