With all the talk of the “economic downturn” I know people are looking for ways to still enjoy life and feel a bit extravagant – without breaking the bank. One of the best ways I know of is to dine in.
While we were in Tucson visiting family we lavished luxury on ourselves with a “Crystal Dinner.” Basically this means that we ate at home but set the scene as if we were a 5 star restaurant. It wasn’t quick or easy but it was worth it.
Sarah (Dave’s sister) hatched this idea for a few different reasons: 1) a fun thing to do when we came to visit, 2) as a way to remember and honor their mother and 3) a perfect opportunity to use the Fostoria that had been handed down to her and that she had augmented through multiple years of garage sales.
Now, I’m not saying the dinner was cheap, but compared to dining out we probably cut the budget by half. Here’s the dinner:
This dinner took 3 days to pull off. Day 1: wash all the crystal and polish the silver. Day 2: Cook everything from scratch, visit with family and eat the dinner. Day 3: You guessed it – clean up. Wash the crystal and silver and put it all away.
If you are like us and you have more time than money, this is a great way to spend time with family and friends. I’d recommend it if you are the other way too (more money than time). This dinner made a trip that we will not forget.