Host a potluck: While you shouldn't expect your guests to bring everything, you shouldn't feel obligated to provide everything. Select a theme, then ask everyone to bring a side, salad or beverage to accompany the main dish.
Go simple with drinks. For one night, your friends can drink water or juice. If you must buy soda, stick to one regular and one diet variety.
BYOB: Keep some beer and a bottle each of white and red wine on hand. Let guests know they should bring their own alcohol.
When you're entertaining, you always want to make sure you have enough food on hand. But no one wants to waste food either. How can you determine how much food to buy for a party?
We'll show you exactly how much food you'll need for your next birthday, Halloween or New Year's party.
Cocktail Party: 10-12 appetizers per person
Dinner Party: 5 appetizers per person
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