A Hip Energy Saving Strategy – Dinner Parties, Baby!

January 1, 2007 at 10:34 pm 3 comments

Looking for an easy recipe to have fun and save on your bills at the same time? My peeps, it’s all about turning off the TV and having dinner parties!

This isn’t revolutionary thinking. But as the energy crisis deepens, we are all going to find ourselves in a pickle as costs of food, transportation, utilities, and just about everything else rise. And as much as this is going to hurt, we can start training ourselves to live in the new future, starting right now.

Honestly, the best times I can recount in the past couple of years are from small gatherings of friends for adventures in cooking, conversation, board games, and drinks. If everyone loves the feeling of the holidays, why not just extend that feeling to anytime, 2007? I’m sick of so much gloom and doom. If we have to reduce our energy consumption, then we had better figure out fun ways to do it. Here’s one recipe:

6 – 8 friends (with an optional dash of someone new to spice it up a bit)
Food recipe (Everyone must agree on the meal to be made)
Food ingredients (one person might shop and everyone splits the receipt, everyone goes Pot Luck, or your own way…)
Music (If they are your friends you probably have similar tastes – why not give someone music-mix duty?)
Alcohol (optional, but I like to get my drink on with friends)
1 Clean Kitchen – Did you know that the kitchen is the most popular room at parties? It’s where everyone congregates anyway.

If you throw all these ingredients together, the thing practically makes itself. I mean, board games + friends + food + alcohol = Hootin’ Annie! Need I say more? But I should say, no driving drunk! And for those that can’t cook or don’t know how, the whole thing is a social exercise, so what a great time to learn while you appreciate the fine art of culinary delights and good company.

And it doesn’t have to cost anyone much… buying in bulk saves cashola. And you can eat delicious and healthy meals. And And And… the awesomeness just keeps on coming:

– Utilities: Everyone can turn off their heaters/AC units at home for the evening
– Carpooling: the way to go for saving gas and cutting down on carbon emissions.
– More for your dollars: More food can be made for less money via community cooking rather than buying pre-packaged foods
– Leftovers will save on food costs for a couple days after

So give it a try. Whip out your cell phone and just call some friends up… get the idea floating first, you can all pick an evening that will work for you. Just get started… make the invite, and since you’re the one reading this, offer to host the first one at your place.

Peace and Reality,

– Randy

Entry filed under: Around Portland, Carpooling, Community Building, Dinner Parties, Energy Crash, Peak Oil, Personal Preparation, Random.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Angie  |  January 2, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    This sounds familiar….oh wait, you talked to me about this today at my desk! 🙂

  • 2. Uma Karedla  |  January 5, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    In Large Joint families in India
    this is what happens /used to happen.

    Apart from all those points you mentioned, the family
    used to be a tremendous support system too.

    It was a good read though…


  • 3. The Fitness Center  |  December 20, 2007 at 9:42 am

    Really nice site you have here. I’ve been reading for a while but this post made me want to say 2 thumbs up. Keep up the great work


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