How to Host A Summer Dinner Party On A Budget

When I started 3 Chairs, I made a tiny vow to myself that I would never talk about the weather to start off any of my posts, because, well — that’s self explanatory, right?

Let me just say, really really quickly, that it’s finally hot as balls here and no one wants to be sweating over a stove cooking. But, of course, the dinner parties must go on. Enter: tacos, potluck style. The answer to all your sweaty summer woes.

All this takes is a little team work, and around $5 out of your guests pockets (and around $10 out of yours).

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The day before the party, send out a charming group text. Tell them it’s going to be a taco feast, and list the things you’ll need. (sour cream, sharp cheddar, cilantro, corn tortillas, some radishes or shredded cabbage, salsa, lime, and avocados). Have your friends divvy it up amongst themselves (“I’ll bring the salsa!“), then pick up some protein and beers. You could marinade some chicken thighs or shrimp in spices, to grill outside later– but if you don’t have a grill, you could buy a rotisserie chicken and shred it. Your stove stays off, you stay happy.

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Once it’s show time, start up the grill, and have an eager friend whip up a batch of guacamole. Set out bowls for the fixings and plates for the tacos and open a beer. You know how to do the rest!

Any other no-cook dinner parties you guys have up your sleeves? I’d love to hear! 

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