Want to know how to throw a party and have it catered for free?
Invite food bloggers.
If you live in a target-rich environment like the Bay Area, it isn't hard.
You can even invite bloggers you haven't met in meatspace yet, and you not only get a yummy potluck dish or two to share, but you will make new friends.
That's what Zoomie did yesterday. She and her hubster opened their fabulous home to a dozen of us vagabonds. She cleared off the dining room table, put out a tub of ice, some plates and utensils, and a gourmet picnic happened. Wine, iced tea, pickles, cookies, bread, cold cuts, salads, smoked ribs. All first rate.
Heck, I didn't even have to take pictures. This one was expertly snapped by the Rev. Biggles, thank you, sir.
(You'll have to check at Meathenge for photos of the... well, the meat. If he posts 'em.)
All the guests got to take home each others' leftovers. And we each got a party favor: a bag of beautifully harvested wild fennel seeds from Zoomie's plant.