My Husband has several people to our house from time to time from work. These evenings of entertaining and getting to know the people in our home, are good times for him and the people that he works with. But for me these times normally come about at the last minute to me and budget is always at the top of my mind.
Since I do a lot of home canning during the summer I use the goodies that I can for these functions. I also keep entertaining in mind when I set out for my summer canning. So for this evening I had chips and salsa, sweet tea, water, Pepper Jelly with Crackers, black olives, Spicy Dill Pickles, Refrigerator cucumber salad, Candied Jalapenos, Ranch Dressing with fresh veggies, Inside Out Chocolate Strawberries, Slow Cooker Cheese Dip, and Bruschetta. So none of this is fancy, or hard to make. It goes together quickly and there is something for everyone.
This evening cost me less than $30 since I was able to use so much of my home canning goods.