A protein meal often produces the most attractive theme for a diner party
Most guests will enjoy a protein meal, without realising the lack of starch, but lift their eyebrows if there is no protein present. Three courses are ample for any occasion.
It is often pleasant to be able to offer a choice of starter to guests. Prepare enough to offer to each guest a choice, the host then gets what is left.
Entertaining on a budget
Meat and cheese are often the most expensive items in a meal. If you entertain on a budget, avoid these two groups of ingredients, and go for a range of fresh fruit and vegetables, prepared and served with sauces and spices. You are not providing your visitors with sustenance to last them a week, but with a delightful combination of flavours, colours and textures. If you feel that they will need a 'solid' meal, provide a range of fresh breads or bread rolls together with a variety of salads and dressings.