Subscribe -- FREE!
Shel Horowitz's monthly Clean and Green Newsletter
Receive these exciting bonuses: Seven Tips to Gain Marketing Traction as a Green Guerrilla plus Seven Weeks to a Greener Business
( Privacy Policy )

Cater Your Own Party--For $1-$2 Per Person - Shel Horowitz's Monthly Frugal Fun Tip

Cater Your Own Party--For $1-$2 Per Person

Commercial catering is expensive. It would be unusual to get a meal for less than $10 per person, and not unheard of to pay $60. When I entertain, I cater it myself--cheaply and well. An example: the book release party for The Penny-Pinching Hedonist, held in a local library. I didn't know how many people to cook for, and no one ever goes away hungry from my events! So I made a ton of food: I fed 70 people at the party and had enough left over to have fed another 70. My family ate the leftovers for three weeks. Cost: about $100.

The secret is to think about foods that are filling, interesting, easy to prepare, and cheap. I also find that spicy foods often stretch farther. My menu included: a European-style pasta salad with vegetables, capers, a few sun-dried tomatoes, and just a little cheese; an Asian-style pasta salad with rice noodles, Japanese mushrooms, snow peas, ginger, and hot pepper; houmous made from scratch (starting by soaking dried chickpeas a few days ahead), cut up carrots and celery with several dips, bags of chips, soda and ice tea, and I forget what all else.

Return to the Frugal Fun Tips Archives
Preview Shel Horowitz's Penny Pinching Hedonist: How to Live Like Royalty with a Peasant's Pocketbook a 280-page e-book that shows you how to save a big pile of money on travel, dining, entertainment, recreation, and all sorts of other fun.
This article originally appeared in Shel Horowitz's Monthly Frugal Fun Tips. Please click here for your free subscription.

Share this article/site with a Friend

Bookmark Us

Many of the 1,000+ articles on Frugal Fun and Frugal Marketing have been gathered into magazines. If you'd like to read more great content on these topics, please click on the name of the magazine you'd like to visit.

Ethics Articles - Down to Business Magazine - Frugal & Fashionable Living Magazine
Global Travel Review - Global Arts Review - Peace & Politics Magazine
Frugal Marketing Tips - Frugal Fun Tips - Positive Power of Principled Profit

Clean and Green Marketing

Our Privacy Policy

Disclosures of Material Connections:
  • Some of the links on our site and items in our newsletters are sponsored ads or affiliate links. This financial support allows us to bring you the consistent high quality of information and constant flow of new content. Please thank our advertisers if you do business with them.
  • As is the case for most professional reviewers, many of the books I review on this site have been provided by the publisher or author, at no cost to me. I've also reviewed books that I bought, because they were worthy of your time. And I've also received dozens of review copies at no charge that do not get reviewed, either because they are not worthy or because they don't meet the subject criteria for this column, or simply because I haven't gotten around to them yet, since I only review one book per month. I have far more books in my office than I will ever read, and the receipt of a free book does not affect my review.

Site copyright © 1996-2011 by Shel Horowitz