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Solo Stays In

Throw a recession party!

Now that the recession is supposedly no longer a threat, but an actual reality, we’re here to give you some tips on how to keep enjoying yourself on a shoestring. It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom you know. Staying in has been the new going out for ages anyway, so why not stay in with a twist and throw a recession party? Be defiant in the face of adversity and we’ll all survive!

• E-mail your party invites. This might seem like an obvious thing to do but in these mobile phone-driven times we’re all inclined to over-text. Remember, texting everyone you want to come to your party will put needless pressure on your phone bill. Most of us have access to e-mail at home or at work (if you still have a job that is), so it’s a much more economic way of communicting in these financially trying times.

• Tell everyone that it’s a BYO (Bring Your Own) occasion. If they all bring enough drink to get themselves drunk, everyone will be happy.

• Tell everyone it’s a BYO occasion – when it comes to the food as well. This might seem a tad drastic but if you think about it logically, it’s not at all. You’re hosting the event so why wouldn’t you ask people to contribute?! We’re not suggesting that folk show up with their own packed lunches or anything. But there’s nothing wrong with politely requesting that everyone brings one dish each. It takes pressure off the host, ie you, and not just financially. Futhermore, ask your guests to let you know what they will be bringing when they RSVP – that will save you having multiple plates of the same thing.

• Assuming that the weather will improve (and please God it will), you can extend your party into the garden and crank up the BBQ (the one you bought during the boom years) . Shop in your local butchers for burgers and sausages – cheaper and tastier than the supermarket – and don’t even think about investing in any steaks. Serving refined food to folk who are eating outdoors is a pointless waste of money. Most of them won’t be even sitting down.

• If you decide to serves sandwiches, make them yourself from scratch. You’d be amazed how far a loaf of bread and fresh ingredients will go. Never mind with the fancy schmancy stuff like roasted red peppers and hummous. Stick with recession staples like ham, tomatoes and lettuce. Oh and on the subject of lettuce, buy heads of it rather than those overpriced bags of leaves, which are less nutritious anyway.

• Don’t bother buying fairy lights to string atmospherically around the house and garden. They too are a waste of money – and electricity. Go to the local bargain store for candles instead.

• Buy your booze in Aldi or Lidl. Yes, we know – in these darks times we should be buying Irish. But the odd indiscretion can be forgiven. There’s a recession of for goodness sake.

• It’s a party but that doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy a new outfit. Rummage through your wardrobe with a positive attitude. What’s the bet you’ll find something you bought ages ago (when money was no object) and forgot to wear?

• Finally, turn the music up (you can’t afford a DJ) and get the recession party started. Nothing will piss the economic downturn off like our determination to still have a good time. Let the good times roll and enjoy!

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