I love to entertain and I also love to have it be really easy and not break the bank. I know some of you have made comments that you don't have the dishes or time to put a big meal together for a lot of people. This is one of my go to meals that can be completely done the day before and all of the dishes came from Goodwill or the Dollar Tree. With some budget shopping this meal for 12 is under $18 and there will be leftovers.
It doesn't have to be fancy to have your guest enjoy it. I bought the double beverage dispenser on sale for $12.99. The glasses, wine glasses, wine bucket and dip and chip dish all came from GW or DT. Set this all up the day before then all you have to do at the last minute is fill the drinks, put some ice in the bucket and add some dips and chips.
Come party day, arrange on the counter for a casual buffet.
GW plates and bowls for salad. The glass salad bowl came from GW too. (I will fill it with a tossed green salad right before guests arrive)
I mixed the cantelope and watermelon together and placed in a GW bowl along with the macaroni salad in another GW bowl. They don't have to match, just buy the ones you like.
Since everything is covered with saran or foil, it will be perfect in the fridge until time to put them out. Everything is done in advance, so no stress, no last minute rushing. Super easy and inexpensive entertaining.
Ham - $8.05
Macaroni noodles - $1
Celery, Onions, Olives and dressings approx. $1
2 Cans Baked Beans $2
Bean Seasonings 25c.
Tossed Salad $2
Cake Mix $1
Frosting 1/2 can 50c.
Set a simple fun table and you are ready to party.
Shop the sales at your grocery store and have things on hand so you can pull a dinner together on a moments notice and do it in advance so you can relax and enjoy your company.
I'm so glad my DH doesn't mind leftovers because I am sure there will be plenty of ham, beans and macaroni salad for us to have the day after. There will probably be enough ham I can cut off around the bone to make some fabulous split pea soup with ham or scalloped potatoes and ham. So we will probably get another couple of meals out of the leftovers. Gotta love it, more meals with no stress too.
Another super easy do ahead meal for a crowd is Enchiladas and a Taco Bar. I will share that another time. Super easy and always a favorite with everyone.
This is part of my family and I never want to miss a moment with them, they are totally my heart. I am always blessed whenever any of us can get together.
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