Groceries for last-minute entertaining

Dear Frugalistas, this is the ultimate (frugal) grocery store haul for last-minute entertaining. Summer is always completely packed, with nice weather, BBQs, patio drinks and lounging. That said, some of the best summer get-togethers aren’t planned at all. Spontaneity can be so fun and if you find yourself welcoming a group of friends unexpectedly — one quick run to the grocery store can lead to simple, delicious and elegant snacks — without breaking the bank! You can do this, and you don’t have to spend a ton of money in order to do it well. And you’ll have everyone at the party thinking you’re the last-minute hostess with the mostest.

This is one of the ultimate $50 grocery store hauls! No Frills is my go-to store, especially on occasions like this because of great brands and unbeatable prices in-store. Their ‘No Frills in Your Bills’ promise makes a big difference to the bottom line, especially when you’re shopping for extra bodies. With the supplies pictured above, plus a few staples you have at home already, you’ll be satisfying your guests in a flash. Your shopping list is HERE.

Hungry yet?! Now you’re armed with a smart, savvy (and delicious) snack plan that will make hosting an impromptu party for friends more joy than stress. Do you have any favourite frugal recipes for entertaining? I’d love to hear about your go-to dishes in the comments below.

Have a great time, and happy party planning!

NOTE: I partnered with No Frills for this post. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. Big thanks to Lindsay Agnew for help with props and styling.

1 Comment

  • Reply May 25, 2017


    Very nice, and stress free too. Thanks!

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