Friday, October 19, 2007

My Budget Birthday

For my birthday (I turn 24 tomorrow!), I'm having friends over to my apartment for a potluck. My own contributions are going to be a big pot of cowboy beans and a platter of deviled eggs (not showy, but solid and easy to make in bulk; maybe I'll decide to get fancy if I have time tomorrow--I do have this butternut squash puree in the fridge that would be great for filling homemade ravioli); K is making his (by which I mean Orangette's) brownies, which are justifiably renowned amongst all who've tasted them.

Now, this is actually more expensive for me than it would be to go to a bar, where I might expect to have all my drinks bought for me, but my suspicion is that on balance, it will be cheaper for the collective. We'll all get dinner and drinks (non-cooks will be bringing wine and beer, and I'm going to borrow my parents' mega-blender and make frozen margaritas) for what we might each (except me) have expected to pay for drinks alone. And I think it's a nice opportunity for people to show off their cooking.

I'm going to need to do a thorough cleaning tomorrow (I did one already, but...well, long story), but I'm keeping that very cheap, too. My supplies are basically a couple of rags, a couple of sponges, and a spray bottle apiece of white vinegar-and-water solution and dishwashing-soap-and-water solution. Less toxic than most commercial cleaning supplies, and way cheaper.

Then I'm just going to have to pick up disposable plates and cups (and decide whether to get plastic cutlery--I think our household supply will probably cover it, but you never know). I'll go to the dollar store for that, and hopefully keep the whole purchase under $15. Then to the supermarket: I need probably another $15-$20 for the food supplies for my dishes. Finally, the liquor store and the bodega: I need a cheapie bottle of Triple Sec and a whole bunch of ice. I have $50 set aside for the party, and it shouldn't be a big deal if I go a little bit over. (I also have a sneaky little hope in re leftovers, but let's not go there.)

And then I just have to cross my fingers and pray the whole thing comes off! I'm kind of nervous, actually.


beth said...

Happy Birthday!

The party sounds like a great idea for everyone. Have a great time!

coffeebean said...

Happy Birthday!

Escape Brooklyn said...

Happy birthday! I love potluck parties and frozen margaritas. It sounds perfect! =)

MEG said...

Happy Birthday! And kudos for hosting your own shin-dig--I'd be nervous too, but I'm sure it'll be fabulous.

I've been wanting to have people to my place ever since I moved there a year ago...haven't had the guts to pull the trigger yet though. My birthday's coming up in a month though, so maybe I'll follow suit!

HC said...

Happy birthday! Your party sounds like it will be swell.

Yay, margaritas.

GG said...

Sounds like a blast! Happy birthday!

gildedbutterfly said...

Happy belated! I had a potluck last night, too! (Though not for my bday.) Great minds think alike?