A Summer Dinner Party Menu for Under $100

A Summer Dinner Party Menu for Under $100

Welcome to the final installment of a six-part collaboration between Mint and Brewing Happiness. I’m Haley, the girl behind Brewing Happiness – a blog about celebrating the small healthy choices we make in our lives, complete with recipes for everybody! I’m so excited to bring you this summer dinner party menu for under $100, so that you can celebrate the long, hot days with all of your friends.

Recently, I wrote about my top 10 tips for eating out on a budget and one of those tips was to skip going out and have a dinner party instead. So I figured it would be helpful if I provided you with a cost-effective menu to help you execute that idea. I love throwing dinner parties, and I’ve perfected the skill of creating delicious, yet easy meals to impress my friends with. Don’t be intimidated by the idea, you can do totally do this. I mean, the menu even includes frozen pizza – does it get any easier than that?

Since I’m all about healthy(ish) food, the menu is vegetarian but it includes both a cocktail and a dessert. I don’t think you will feel deprived from the lack of meat at your table. In fact, I think you’ll feel invigorated from this fresh and seasonal menu, which is perfect for those hot summer nights.

I’ve broken the pricing down by menu item, and also included a per-person cost breakdown. This way you could ask your friends to pitch-in and everyone would be spending less way less than you would by going out to eat. If you decide you still want to cut down the cost even more, you can eliminate the cocktail or the dessert. Or if you decide you want to add a protein (perhaps try chicken on the salad), you can know exactly how much extra that will cost.

A SUMMER DINNER PARTY MENU FOR UNDER $100

Serves about 6 people

GREEN GRAPE SANGRIA

7 cups green grapes, about 1 bag $3.29

2 lemons $0.99 each, $1.98 total

1 bottle chardonnay $9.99

½ bottle cava $6.99

¼ cup agave nectar (sub maple syrup) $6.09 per bottle

 

NON-ALOCOHOLIC VERSION

7 cups green grapes, about 1 bag $3.29

2 lemons $0.99 each, $1.98 total

1-2 bottles sparkling water $2.09 each, $4.18 total

¼ cup agave nectar (sub maple syrup) $6.09 per bottle

 

TOTAL COST – $ 28.34 / NA version $15.54

CRISPY AVOCADO SUMMER SALAD (double the recipe)

2 bags mixed greens $3.09 each, $6.18 total

2 large ripe avocados $1.59 each, $3.18 total

2 cups breadcrumbs $1.09

2 cups non-dairy milk (sub any kind of milk) pantry staple 

1 cup all purpose flour pantry staple 

4 tablespoons nutritional yeast $6.69

3 peaches $0.07 each, $0.22 total

1 cup cherry tomatoes $3.69

1 cup chickpeas, about 1 can $1.29

1 sweet onion $0.69

honey mustard dressing $3.09

salt & pepper pantry staples

TOTAL COST – $26.12

STRAWBERRY BALSAMIC SUMMER FLATBREAD (double the recipe)

2 frozen cheese pizzas $7.39 each, $14.78 total

2 cups strawberries $4.89

1 tablespoon olive oil pantry staple

½ cup feta cheese $3.09

4 tablespoons almonds $3.69

4 teaspoons high quality balsamic vinegar or balsamic reduction $7.39

salt & pepper pantry staples

TOTAL COST – $ 33.84

WATERMELON CUPCAKES WITH COCONUT CREAM ICING

½ seedless watermelon $6.09

1 can coconut cream $4.69

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract pantry staple

salt pantry staple

powdered sugar, to taste pantry staple

TOTAL COST – $10.78

TOTAL MENU COST – $99.08

NON-ALCOHOLIC MENU COST – $83.54

Per person total – $16.51 / $13.92

 

All of the pricing is based on the current cost in my area (Atlanta, Georgia). This means that the menu cost will be slightly different depending on where you live and what grocery store you go to. However, I think that generally the price will hover around the $100 mark no matter what, unless you want to buy fancy wine or something like that.

Enjoy!

Follow along!

Check out all of the other ways to be healthy on a budget I’ve covered: 10 Tips for Eating Out on a Budget, 3 Easy Ways to Make Coffee Shop Drinks at Home, 5 Tips for Eating Well (and Cheap) While Traveling, A Health-Centric 7-Day Meal Plan that Won’t Break the Bank , and 10 Tips to Make (Healthy) Groceries Budget-Friendly.

Head over to Brewing Happiness for more healthy recipe inspiration!

 

Haley Hunt Davis is the voice behind Brewing Happiness, a food blog dedicated to celebrating healthier choices. Haley makes “health-ified” versions of everyone’s favorite foods, like pizza and chicken nuggets, as well as suggestions for how to make every dish fit one’s lifestyle. For more from Haley, follow her on InstagramFacebookPinterest and Twitter.

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