In­ex­pen­sive ways to en­ter­tain from home

George Herald - Private Property - - Property News -

Out of the 261 work­ing days this year, most of us are ea­gerly an­tic­i­pat­ing those few De­cem­ber leave days that we've worked so hard for. Un­for­tu­nately, many of us for­get to think ahead and set aside money to al­low us to make the most of the hol­i­day sea­son.

If you hap­pen to find your­self in this hope­lessly un­der-sup­plied boat, sail­ing to­wards hol­i­day bank­ruptcy, per­haps you might con­sider a no-spend month en­joy­ing a quiet time at home in­stead of go­ing out on ex­pen­sive week­end ad­ven­tures.

“For mil­len­ni­als, this might mean a quiet month for their so­cial me­dia pro­files, but for the gen­er­a­tions that came be­fore them, it won't be such a novel con­cept. There are plenty of ways to en­joy the week­end with­out need­ing to put a foot out of your front door. That's why it's so im­por­tant to find a prop­erty that you love spend­ing time in,” says re­gional di­rec­tor and CEO of RE/MAX of South­ern Africa, Adrian Goslett.

But, while it might be easy enough to spend one or two week­ends tin­ker­ing about at home, tack­ling house­hold projects and just catch­ing up on some qual­ity down­time, even­tu­ally the need to so­cialise will have your wal­let beck­on­ing you to its side.

To re­sist its tempt­ing ex­cla­ma­tions, home­own­ers should get cre­ative and find ways of mak­ing their home the place to be dur­ing this month. Be­low are a few cost-ef­fec­tive ways RE/MAX of South­ern Africa sug­gests on how home­own­ers can en­ter­tain from home dur­ing this no-spend month:

Host bring and braais

Quite con­ve­niently, South Africans' favourite pas­time also hap­pens to be one of the most af­ford­able ways of en­ter­tain­ing. And this time of the year, the weather could not be more per­fect for an out­door gath­er­ing.

In­vite some friends over for a bring & braai.

The only thing you'll need to pro­vide is the fire, some cut­lery, and gees. If you don't have any out­door space, then fry some wors on your stove, buy some rolls, switch on the rugby and have a jol!

Throw a blind tast­ing party

An­other way to lure peo­ple to your place is to in­vite them to a blind wine tast­ing. In this case, the only thing you'll need to sup­ply are the wine glasses.

Each guest is in­vited to bring their own bot­tle of wine which they hand to you upon ar­rival. As the host, you cover the la­bels of the bot­tles (in tin foil, pa­per, or any­thing you have at home) and fill ev­ery­one's glasses with mys­tery wine. re­sults. Guests then rate each bot­tle and try and guess the cul­ti­var. At the end of the night, the la­bels are re­vealed and the rat­ings are tal­lied to re­veal which bot­tle was the crowd favourite. This game works best if there are a va­ri­ety of price points in the wine se­lec­tion, as this often leaves any wine snobs in the room rather shocked at the

Choco­late or cheese fon­dues

While it's not the so­cial norm to ask your friends to bring in­gre­di­ents for a meal you'll share to­gether, it is widely ac­cept­able to ask them to bring their favourite dunk­ing treat for a choco­late or cheese fon­due.

All you'll need to sup­ply is a fon­due set, some choco­late / cheese and a splash of milk.

The great thing about this is that you don't need a lot of space to host a night like this. If you don't have a din­ing room set that ev­ery­one can sit around to dip their treats, then set up an Asian-in­spired in­door pic­nic in your lounge or, weather per­mit­ting, set up the set in your back­yard.

“For buyers who want to lower their en­ter­tain­ing ex­penses, I would sug­gest that they search for a prop­erty that al­lows them to host peo­ple at their own homes.

“This will save them the ex­pense of hav­ing to go out ev­ery week­end. For home­own­ers who can­not stand the idea of spend­ing a month in their cur­rent home, it might be time to con­sider what else is out there.

“Given a dif­fer­ent home more to their lik­ing, they might find the idea more ap­peal­ing,” Goslett con­cludes.

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