These days, the price of a pair of movies tickets feels more expensive than the two speeding tickets I received this summer! Spare yourself the unnecessary outing (and the 1200 calorie tub of popcorn) and reinterpret the theater experience at home, with the fabulous Recessionista twist. Bonus: You can leave those annoying teenagers who usually sit behind you and throw popcorn off the guest list.
Budget: $40 (for 6 people)
Movie Selection: Be aware of your guests' preferences (not everyone loved Titanic, Recessionista!) To avoid the mid-movie chatter, try to select something that everyone has not seen before or in a very long time. I recommend checking out classic or independent films from the library and creating a theme around them. For instance, plan "A Night with Humphrey Bogart" and show Casablanca and Sabrina.
Menu: Keep it simple yet elegant with an alternative to the standard popcorn and jujubees. Pair a few delicious yet inexpensive wines with a French picnic style spread, and your guests will feel that you provided a lavish cinematic paradise rather than a ho-hum evening in. Plate the cheeses, slice the baguettes, uncork the wine, and voila! Une soirée parfaite!
Shopping List (NYC prices = most expensive):
1 bottle Alamo Malbec (Argentina): $9
1 Bottle Jacob's Creek South Australian Chardonnay (Australia):$6
1 Package strawberries: $5
1 Container of Nutella Hazelnut spread: $6
2 Baguettes: $4
1/2 lb Brie or Soft Cheese: $5
1/2 lb Gouda or Hard cheese: $5