When it comes to getting down, it doesn't have to be all about the Benjamins. This month is all about cheap thrills.
"If you are going to buy just one new thing, these fluffy balls of awesomeness (in your chosen color, of course) are it. Hang them; arrange them on tables with strings of white lights; throw on countertops. Later, tie to heads as hats," a very wise woman says.
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Yeah, you want to drink this. Philadelphia's Percy Street Barbecue takes the champagne of beers, pickle juice, and barbecue sauce (trust us) to combine the best piquant flavors from any proper tailgating spread into one thirst-quenching beverage.
Hues You Can Use
Our editor-at-large and Top Chef: Just Desserts judge Dannielle Kyrillos suggests picking a color and sticking to it when you decorate. White is obvious, but theming your fete around one hue means it's easy to use cheap grocery store flowers, plants, and leaves. Even carnations look fancy-pants when cut short and put in a bowl.
Magical Beans to Help You Get Drunk
Even the cheapest of vodka brands (salutations to Mr. Popov and Georgi) get bumped up to first class when infused with lemongrass, lavender, pink peppercorns, or just a couple of vanilla beans sliced in two.
Cacio e Pepe Two Ways
Chef Nick Anderer from NYC resto Maialino offers two crowd- (and budget-) pleasing recipes using two tried-and-true ingredients that are all they're cracked up to be: cheese and pepper.
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