I always do the kind of entertaining I can afford. If it's tea and muffins with a friend, that's it. If it's potluck, that's fun. If I want it to not involve much in the way of food, we start way after dinner... and often have byob stuff, 'cause I'm not paying to get anyone drunk, or paying for the damage they do to someone later that night.
Relax. People want your company and your hospitality --select simple, inexpensive food that's well-prepared and offer games (if you like playing them) or conversation topics or even activities like decorating the tree or baking cookies...You'd be amazed what people will use as an excuse for a party. From demolishing (not kidding, really, the whole thing right to the ground) a house, to renovating a garden, partying in total darkness to 16 tables of bridge, the choice is yours. Invite away, see what happens...
at 2:38 PM on Dec. 6, 2010