Food is the largest expense for most parties. But you can cut the food budget by selecting party hours that don't require full-course meals. I call it the art gallery approach to home entertaining. Many galleries hold elegant parties in the late-afternoon or after dinner.
The bottom line: Skip the main course and spend more on desserts and beverages.
That's how my latest column in the Miami Herald begins. Here's a link to the full column.
The Frugal Duchess Boutique