host a dinner party on a budget

Hostess Essentials: Host a Dinner Party on a Budget of $150

I absolutely love dinner parties. Stories and laughter over wine. Bellies full of homemade meals and hearty company.

Being one of the few 20-somethings I know who owns a home, I often find myself hosting, and it’s one of my absolute favorite things to do. There’s nothing quite like sharing your favorite recipes with your friends and opening up your home to help your loved ones feel warm and cozy. It’s a wonderful gift to be able to give for the low price of deep-cleaning your house (which, let’s face it, we all need reminders to do anyway!) and an extra run of the dishwasher.

And yet, hosting seems to scare people. The two concerns I hear most often? “I don’t have enough space,” and “I don’t have nice things.” While there’s only so much you can do with the space that you have, you can easily host a dinner party on a budget by stocking your kitchen with the essentials. Start with the basics (classic white dinnerware, simple flatware, wine glasses, etc.), add some candles or fresh flowers, put on some music, and voila! Everything you need to host a simple dinner party.

Bonus: You can buy everything that you see below and serve six people for less than $150! Ever better—all are available on Amazon Prime, so shipping is fast and free. Links below.


01. Dinnerware set for 6
02. Flatware set for 4 (Buy two!)
03. Drinking glasses for 6
04. Serving utensils
05. Wine glasses for 6
06. Serving platters, set of 4
07. Bar set (includes cocktail shaker, bottle opener, wine opener, and other essentials)

What are your hostess essentials?


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