fun ways to host friends

5 Inexpensive Ways to Host Friends Instead of Going Out

Spending time with friends is important. It’s how you nurture your relationships, develop a sense of community, and build camaraderie. But, when you’re shelling out a ton of money to go out with the gang, you might not get together as often as you’d like.

To save money, and still enjoy company, here are five inexpensive ideas to host friends at your house. They’re simple, fairly inexpensive, and will allow you to spend time together.

No matter what activity you pick, don’t stress over the state of your house. Your friends are coming to spend time with you, not analyze the dirty dishes or laundry. Pick up the main area and clean your toilet. Then sit back and enjoy!

Game Night

Bring out your favorite board or card games and have a grand time playing with your friends. Since you’ll be busy playing, host this event after dinner. Then serve up some simple, finger-food snacks for everyone to enjoy like:

  • Popcorn
  • Chips
  • Brownies or Cookies
  • Simple sandwiches cut into small, bite-sized squares
  • Licorice

Movie Night

Thanks to Netflix, you no longer have to spend a ton of monies to enjoy a movie night with your pals. Invite a couple of friends over, and get comfortable on the couch. Then enjoy a favorite movie or watch a new one.

For refreshments, think about what you’d enjoy at the theater. Pop a big batch of popcorn, pick up some candy boxes, and grab your favorite beverages. It’s all you need for a low-key, enjoyable evening.

Host a Breakfast

You don’t have to stick to evenings to host friends. Breakfast foods are usually much more inexpensive to prepare, so call your friends and invite them for breakfast one weekend morning.

Make sure you have plenty of coffee on hand. If you don’t have a single serve machine, use a thermos to keep one batch warm while you make another.   Orange juice is another fun drink to serve in the morning.

Your menu can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like. To keep your work low, consider a breakfast casserole. These can be made the night before, and then stuck in the oven before your guests arrive.

There’s nothing wrong with eating from paper plates. This will keep your cleanup simple and give you more time to enjoy everyone’s company.

Host a Craft Party

If you and your friends are crafty, make plans for a craft party. Pick a couple of projects you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest, and get the supplies you’ll need.

Print out a copy of each project, and directions to go with them. Create work stations around your table or counters, where there’s plenty of room to work. Then, invite your friends over for a DIY craft session.

Food can be super simple—a few appetizers or favorite finger foods. You want things that can be eaten in one bite, to avoid getting crumbs on the projects.

Tea Party

Tea parties aren’t just for little girls! They’re a fun way to spend time with your friends. If you’d like, you can ask everyone to dress up to add a little flair to the event.

If you don’t have enough cups and saucers, check thrift stores for them. Don’t worry if they don’t match. Mismatched mugs will add a whimsical charm to your party.

Besides tea, you’ll want to have cream and sugar on hand. You’ll also want some simple to serve foods such as:

  • Sandwiches cut into strips
  • Slices of cake
  • Crackers
  • Scones

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