Cash-strapped couples revive dinner parties

Dinner parties are back on the menu as credit crunch means fewer of us go out for dinner

One unusual side effect of the credit crunch is the revival of old-fashioned dinner parties.

Couples and friends who would normally choose a meal out to relax are now swapping expensive restaurant trips for dinners at home.

Rather than spend £20 a head on food and drink in a restaurant, cash-strapped cooks are creating cheaper dishes in their own kitchen.

Matthew Drennan, editor of food magazine Olive, told The Express that dinner parties are definitely back on the menu.

‘People are beginning to entertain at home more,’ he said.

‘You can go to a supermarket and treat yourself to fillet steak, and you are going to put together a dinner much cheaper than you would going out with friends.’

Supermarkets have also noticed a trend for people to swap nights out for meals in.

Sales of restaurant-style food have increased, with sales of tapas and olives in Waitrose up by 7%.

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