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5 Tips to Get a Princess-worthy Reception on a Budget


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Serve a Bring-your-own Banquet
If your friends can cook meals fit for a kind and queen, have them bring something to the reception.
If your friends can cook meals fit for a kind and queen, have them bring something to the reception.
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Have your loyal subjects provide a potluck. Request dishes they deem "fit for a queen," something they would serve the Queen of England if she happened by at dinnertime. (It almost guarantees a lack of three-bean salad.) To ensure variety, ask guests to RSVP with their planned dish. Reserve the royal right to suggest a change if needed. Those who are challenged in the kitchen might help with cleanup.

If you're uneasy with amateurs, tap the pros-in-training at a culinary school's teaching restaurant. The staff is highly motivated -- everyone's grade depends on your satisfaction.

You may want to spring for a professionally made cake. Buy a plain cake and adorn it with store-bought decorations or fresh fruit.

Another low-cost (and trendy) option: cupcakes. They can be just as stunning to eat. Figure on one per person plus a few extras and eliminate worries about expensive leftovers.


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