by guest poster
My name is Carrie, and I write about life and stewardship at with all that I’ve been given. Hospitality and frugality are two of my main interests, and I think they can certainly go together.
In my first post, I discussed the details and fun of hosting a potluck-style supper. But of course you can serve guests an entire meal without breaking the bank. For the past two years, we’ve hosted two sets of neighbors for a winter meal to thank them for keeping an eye on our house during Christmas vacation. For last year’s dinner, I served French bread pizza, spinach salad and brownies with ice cream. Here are some of the details--this is for 6 adults and 4 kids:
I used two loaves of French bread (purchased on the day-old rack for 90 cents each)—cut in half length-wise, this made 4 pizzas. I made four different kinds, but of course you could simplify this part and just make two varieties. We made pepperoni, cheese, BBQ chicken, and alfredo with ham and pineapple (my husband’s favorite). Obviously, the toppings you choose will vary in price.
The recipe for the spinach salad can be found here. All of the ingredients are inexpensive, especially if you can snag a bag of spinach on sale for 99 cents as I often do.
For dessert, I confess to using brownie mix (on sale for $1, and snazzed up with a handful of chocolate chips thrown into the batter). We buy the big buckets of ice cream when they go on sale for $4.99—that amount goes a long way!
I did not add up the amount I spent on this dinner, but I’m pretty sure the total cost was under $15. I think that’s pretty good for 10 people!
Having others over for a meal doesn’t have to be expensive. What are some of your recipes or ideas for offering hospitality on a budget?