It was just my Birthday and like any normal person I threw myself a party.
Okay so maybe that's not so normal, but I just moved into a new house and I was itching for an opportunity to throw a party! However like so many people, I am facing January with little to no money.
Here comes the bit my mother always said:
"Necessity is the mother of invention"
Let my creativity loose!!
I also work for a grocery store that has a floral department, and I'm not sure if you know this but florist toss TONS of flowers everyday, and I asked them to hang onto their blown roses and I walked away with over 50 blown roses that looked great in bunches!
Then I bought a bag of bag of tortilla chips and made a simple layered bean dip, which with the help of great sales at Kroger and armed with coupons ended up costing less than $5 to make. It had seasoned refried beans, sour cream, tomatoes, olives, red onion, avocado and cheese. Then my best friend whipped up some delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies, and snickerdoodles (never underestimate the power of cookies, and ease of asking a friend to bake some). And just to add some more filler to the table I scored some free Christmas candy which set out in fancy candy dishes makes you look like the hostess with the mostess. And just in case that wasn't enough food I bought popcorn kernels which is less than $2 for 2lbs and popped some of the good stuff with real butter and a sprinkle of sea salt, it was quite delicious. Last was the punch, a super simple inexpensive way to provide beverages to a large group. The recipe I threw together was a half gallon of Orange Juice, a 2 liter bottle of no-name lime soda, several scoops of orange sherbet and an orange sliced into rings to float on the top and make you look all fancy. The party was a big success and in the end didn't break the bank! Hooray! After all was said and done the house looked great, my friends were fed well and everyone had a brilliant time!!