Last night, Mrs. Frugal Law Student and I had some guests over for dinner. We had a great time, but one thing my wife and I agreed on was that it cost too much in time and money.
My wife is a mean cook. One of her specialties is homemade pizza. She makes everything from the sauce to the dough. So, she decided to make a pesto pizza and a tomato sauce pizza for our guests. While I posted earlier on how dinning out can save you time and money, this was an exception. Making the pizzas was an all day affair for my wife. God bless her heart. She had to go to the grocery store and buy all the ingredients. Then she had to come home and start making the sauces.
She came and picked me up early from law school, so I could help out. That trip cost her 45 minutes of her time. I get home and start doing laundry and picking up around the house. My wife starts working on the dough. The dough didn’t come out they way it should have and we had 15 minutes before the guests were going to be here. So, I had to make a quick trip to Albertsons to buy some ready made pizza crusts.
The food turned out great and our guests were pleased as punch. But our troubles did not stop when they left. The kitchen looked like a pizza bomb had gone off. Sauce and flour were everywhere. Plus, there were a ton of dishes. It took us a little over an hour to get the place cleaned up.
So, dinner parties, while fun can be time consuming. Plus it was kind of expensive because my wife used fresh ingredients for everything (Pine nuts for pesto sauce are pricey!) My wife and I decided the next time we invite people over, we’re going to do it pot luck style, and that we make something that isn’t so money and time consuming.
Do you all have any ideas to make dinner parties more affordable?