Host a Theme Party
Of course, you don’t have to serve a meal at all. Cocktail parties are a staple of any social season, but the drink bill can really add up. Try making food the focus instead by choosing a theme. For instance, make it a tapas party, or focus on appetizers and canapés. Offer a dessert buffet with a small selection of wine to complement the choices, or focus on a particular ingredient — like chocolate. You don’t have to wait until evening for a get-together. Host an afternoon high tea, complete with little sandwiches and mini desserts, for instance.