We had a fairly busy weekend around our house. On Saturday, my brother-in-law, father-in-law, stepmother-in-law and step-niece-in-law came over to celebrate our youngest’s third birthday. It was also my father-in-law’s birthday, so we had kind of a double celebration.
I hope I’m not alone in saying that having company over means a very busy morning of cleaning house. Fortunately, my husband has done a great job with getting the kids excited for the teamwork required to clean the house for company. So although it’s busy, it’s a relatively stress-free time.
Our celebration included a late lunch of a party platter from Subway, pretzel jello salad, fruit salad and chips and dip. For dessert we had strawberry birthday cake and the last of the cupcakes from Thursday.
We typically have these types of mini-parties a few times a year and we budget separately for them so that the extra money doesn’t eat into our monthly groceries. Actually, we use our entertainment fund for these types of events. That money is reserved for things like going out to eat, trips to the zoo or museum and other things along those lines. It works perfectly to tie our extra party expenses in there.
After everyone left on Saturday, we just picked at leftovers for a late dinner. On Sunday, we had French toast before church, leftovers for lunch and tacos for dinner.
I spent a large chunk of the day on Sunday working in the kitchen on a new recipe idea I had. It still needs a bit more tweaking, but I can’t wait to share it once it meets my (and my husband’s – he’s my best critic!) standards.
It always surprises me how differently our family eats on weekends. Some weekends we eat a lot less than on normal weekdays just because we’re so busy and running around out of the house. On other weekends, it feels like we eat non-stop.
Are your weekend eating habits different than your weekday habits? How does that affect your monthly budget, if at all?