With two vehicle payments, I had to budget for it. It took me a few paydays, but I managed it, and it's not just the food. I usualy like to put up a few decorations for the little ones to play with. I also use green table covers, St. Patrick's Day napkins, cups and green plasticwear. There is also no way to get an accurate head count, so I allways end up with tons of left overs. That's perfectly, because what my guests and I don't eat will end up in my lunch bucket the following week. My local bakery makes the meanest light Rhy bread I ever tasted in my life. That bread, a pinch of horse raddish and some yellow mustard with my corned beef, and I'm in lunch Heaven for the day.