• The Ultimate $100 Dinner Party Menu

    The Ultimate $100 Dinner Party Menu

     

    You don’t have to be rolling in dough to host an epic dinner party for your friends and family. GOBankingRates.com compiled five unique dinner party menus for up to six people, each totaling less than $100 and complete with drinks, an appetizer, main course, side dish and dessert.

    The cost of each dinner party includes your total trip to the grocery store for that particular menu, excluding the cost of pantry items you likely have on hand, like olive oil, salt and pepper.
    Dinner Party Menu No. 1 — $66.80
    Drinks:

    Panilonco Carmenere 2014
    Cost: $23.94 for six bottles

    Appetizer: Fresh Tomatoes With Anchovy Dressings, Not Eating Out in New York

    When you’re eating on a budget, dishes with few ingredients are the way to go.

    8 tomatoes
    6 anchovy fillets
    2 cloves of garlic
    4 tsp. vinegar
    4 Tbsp. olive oil
    Cost: $4.44

    Main Course: 20-Minute Creamy Spinach Artichoke Pasta, Budget Bytes

    With creamy Parmesan, spinach and artichoke hearts, this delectable dish will have your guests asking for seconds.

    12 oz. linguine
    6 oz. fresh baby spinach
    1.5 15 oz. cans quartered artichoke hearts
    6 oz. cup Parmesan
    2.25 cups chicken broth
    2.25 cups milk
    3 Tbsp. butter
    2 cloves garlic
    3 Tbsp. butter
    Salt and pepper
    Cost: $22.97

    Side Dish: Caesar Salad

    Add a kick to your salad with fresh anchovies, cracked pepper and some lemon juice.

    2 bags of Fresh Express Complete Caesar Salad
    Cost: $7.58

    Dessert: Super Simple Chocolate Mousse, Stonesoup

    This light and sweet dessert is the perfect topping to a delicious dinner.

    4.5 oz. dark chocolate
    15 oz. whipping cream
    1.5 Tbsp. icing sugar
    1.5 tsp. vanilla extract
    Pinch of salt
    Cost: $7.87

    plate of sweet potato nachos
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    Dinner Party Menu No. 2 — $94.45
    Drinks:

    Albero Organic Monastrell
    Cost: $35.94 for six bottles

    Appetizer: Sweet Potato Nachos, BrokeAss Gourmet

    Pick up your favorite toppings for these delicious nachos. BrokeAss Gourmet recommends chopped onion and cilantro, black olives, jalapenos, sour cream, guacamole and salsa.

    3 medium sweet potatoes
    1.5 cup shredded cheddar or jack cheese
    4.5 Tbsp. olive oil
    Pinch of salt
    Cost: $8.59, plus the cost of your favorite toppings

    Main Course: Jalapeno Cheeseburgers With Caramelized Onions and Avocado, BrokeAss Gourmet

    Hamburgers and pizzas are a staple American dish. Serve up these juicy cheeseburgers without spending a lot.

    1.5 lb lean ground beef
    3 cloves garlic
    1.5 small onion
    1.5 green jalapeno
    6 hamburger buns
    6 slices pepper jack cheese
    1.5 avocado
    1.5 Tbsp. olive oil
    Salt and pepper
    Cost: $18.44

    Side Dish: BLT Pasta Salad, Well Plated

    Have your meat with a side of meat with this pasta salad from Well Plated. Don’t let the ingredient list intimidate you — this is one side dish that’s easy to throw together.

    6 oz. thick cut bacon
    8 oz. whole wheat pasta
    1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. ranch dressing
    1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
    10 oz. cherry tomatoes
    2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
    2 cups baby spinach
    3 Tbsp. chopped chives
    1/4 tsp. pepper
    Cost: $23.33

    Dessert: S’mores

    Top the evening off with a classic favorite. Easy to make at home or in the backyard over a fire, these s’mores are a treat for a cool night.

    1 box graham crackers
    6 chocolate bars
    1 bag marshmallows
    Cost: $8.15

    balsamic brussel sprouts
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    Dinner Party Menu No. 3 — $92.26
    Drinks:

    Les Portes de Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc 2014
    Cost: $35.94 for six bottles

    Appetizer: Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Maple, Walnuts and Feta, Well Plated

    Feta cheese and walnuts are a pair made in heaven. Add them to your Brussels sprouts for the perfect appetizer on a budget.

    2 lbs. brussels sprouts
    2/3 cup chopped walnuts
    1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
    3 Tbsp. maple syrup
    3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
    2 Tbsp. olive oil
    1 tsp. kosher salt
    3/4 tsp. pepper
    Cost: $17.15

    Main Course: Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken, $5 Dinners – $17.83

    If you have a slow cooker at home, this is one cheap and easy chicken dish you can prepare ahead of time.

    5 chicken breasts
    1.5 cup apricot preserves
    1/2 cup French dressing
    4 Tbsp. minced onion
    2 tsp. garlic powder
    Salt and pepper
    Cost: $17.83
    Side Dish: Quinoa

    Few side dishes are easier to make than quinoa. Pick up a bag, follow the instructions on the back and add seasoning for taste.

    12 oz. bag of quinoa
    Cost: $4.49

    Dessert: Easy Icebox Strawberry Shortcake, Serious Eats

    Impress your guests with strawberry shortcake, a classic dessert that’s cheap to make for six.

    32 oz. fresh strawberries
    3 oz. orange juice
    1 box graham crackers
    3 cups heavy whipping cream
    3 Tbsp. sugar
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    Cost: $16.85

    grilled salmon on green beans with lemon
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    Dinner Party Menu No. 4 — $78.05
    Drinks: Vodka Soda

    3 6-pack Harris Teeter Club Soda
    1 Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
    Cost: $26.46

    Appetizer: Simple Tomato Cucumber Salad, Budget Bytes

    Serve up homemade dressing and a simple salad with this recipe from Budget Bytes.

    6 Roma tomatoes
    1 cucumber
    ½ small red onion
    2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
    1 tsp. dried oregano
    ¼ cup olive oil
    ½ tsp. salt
    Pepper
    Cost: $5.84

    Main Course and Side Dish: Sesame Glazed Salmon and Green Beans, Budget Bytes

    Salmon is a safe choice for the pescatarian in your life. Offer up this delectable and low-cost dinner.

    6 salmon filets
    1 1/3 lb. fresh green beans
    6 Tbsp. soy sauce
    2 Tbsp. water
    4 Tbsp. rice wine
    4 Tbsp. brown sugar
    1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
    2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
    2 cloves garlic
    2-inch fresh ginger
    2 Tbsp. cornstarch
    Cost: $33.78

    Dessert: Fruit Sorbet

    A sweet but light dessert, your favorite sorbet is a great finishing touch to a light meal.

    3 pints sorbet
    Cost: $11.97

    plate fresh fruit salad
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    Dinner Party Menu No. 5 — $70.21
    Drinks: Champagne Punch Belini, Crazy for Crust

    6 Andre Champagne
    1 HT Traders Raspberry Sorbet
    Cost: $35.97

    Appetizer: Fresh Fruit

    Pancakes and bacon are the main course, so start the dinner party off with a light appetizer, like fresh fruit.

    1 watermelon
    Cost: $5.99

    Main Course: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, 5 Dollar Dinners

    Few dishes are easier to throw together on a time crunch than pancakes. A bit of water, pancake mix and some heat on the stove will have your dinner prepped in under 20 minutes.

    1 box pancakes
    2 1/4 tsp cinnamon
    1.5 cup cinnamon baking chips
    1.5 cup white chocolate chips
    Cost: $11.28

    Side Dish: Candied Bacon, Food Network

    Nothing says breakfast for dinner like a helping of bacon. Follow this easy candied bacon recipe for a sweet twist.

    15 slices bacon
    ½ cup brown sugar
    Pepper
    Cost: $10.98

    Dessert: Fresh Fruit

    Serve sliced watermelon or strawberries. If you have left over sorbet, include it for dessert.

    Cost: $5.99

    Ingredient measurements are modified amounts from original recipes to account for six dishes. Pricing from Harris Teeter, Amazon and Wine-Searcher.com.

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