My boyfriend and I are in our early twenties. We love hosting dinner parties, and we don't mind getting creative with seating in our small apartment. It's harder to get creative with our budget, though, and we're wondering if there's a nice way to ask friends to chip in for a meal. We're doing the cooking, and we think our friends enjoy the night out. We don't mind that we don't get invited back, because we get that not everyone enjoys hosting. What's a young couple on a tight budget to do when they don't want to go broke entertaining?
Dear Broke Hosts,
I think my answer may surprise you: You don't have to overspend in the name of etiquette.