I know I’ve blogged about potlucks before, but Mr. BFS and I just hosted our annual Halloween Potluck Board Gaming Party. I just worked the numbers – it was pretty cheap and got my house clean too!
We used to have dinner parties but the hit every month for whoever hosting was easily $100-$200 depending on the dishes they chose to cook. It also took hours to prepare. Then we started all contributing a dish or two and the costs plummeted – so did the prep time.
This last potluck was by far the best one we’ve ever hosted in my opinion. We all agreed on the theme being “Finger Food”, lol. I was able to decorate and provide a few dishes for a total of $50. Here was our breakdown:
- Sweet Potatoes: $2.00
- Peanut Butter “Monster Fingers” Cookies: $Negligible
- Mini Egg Rolls: $4.00
- Pizza Rolls: $4.00
- Tea: $Negligible
- 2 Plug-In Jack-O’-Lanterns – $12
- 2 Halloween Table Covers – $3
- 4 Halloween Tea-Light Candle Holders – $8
- Halloween Serving Bowls – $6
- Halloween Soap for Bathroom – $2
- Black and Orange Hand-Drying Towels for Bathroom – $4
- Disposable Dinner Ware – $5
- Grand Total – $50
Whoo-Hoo!!! Everybody seemed to have a great time, my husband helped me clean and organize our whole bottom floor, and I stayed within the $50 simple budget to boot! I call that a complete success for 9 hours of entertainment (6pm-3am)! Best of all, none of our guests seemed to have needed a budget helper either to attend although a few made pretty long drives to be there. We were happy to see them!
I know that Nicole and Maggie wrote about hosting parties today, so have you ever hosted a potluck? What suggestions could make a potluck even better?