A Cocktail Party for 20 for Just $140 Country Living

published Dec 11, 2009
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We spent a lot of time last year talking about throwing holiday dinner parties on a budget. There was this winter wonderland dinner from The New York Times, which prompted us to come up with our own $100 menu. Well, the theme is back—only this menu from Country Living serves 20 people.

It’s a cocktail party, with the food served buffet style, so there are homemade biscuits with pulled pork in them and little, pretty glasses filled with a few slurps of soup. There are bowls of nuts and popcorn and, for better or for worse, some pigs in a blanket.

Check out the shopping list and menu at Country Living.

And yes, the price includes some booze—four bottles of cava and bourbon for two different drinks.

Obviously, the price would change depending on where you’re buying your groceries. But we’re big suckers for this type of story for many reasons. It shows you that you don’t have to spend a fortune to throw a good party. You can make good, homemade, (mostly) from-scratch food for 20 people. If you have friends bring one or two things, you cut down on the cost even more. Go throw a party!

(Images: Anson Smart and Don Freeman/Country Living)