Birthday Party for me! Can you help me plan (22nd) with a budget?!

Question: Birthday Party for me! Can you help me plan (22nd) with a budget?
So I didn't celebrate my 21st, I was tied down with my ex and he didn't let me go out. But now, I'm single and I love to have a good time. So I'm making up for last year and throwing a bash! I have my own paycheck to spend on this since i paid my bills in advance so that I had money for this great day! BUT im an asst. mgr and dominos so my paycheck is about 500 to 600. I dont want to spend it all so i need to keep a budget.

What would you recommend? Keg or buy by the case?
pro- keg is most likely cheaper
con- not everyone likes the same beer

Mixed drinks???
pro- they are my fave
con- 5ths are pricey!

love butter babies, jager bombs, and irish car boms
pro: mmmm
con: $$ ouch!

No theme??

should I have food??? before? after? during?

Most likely beer pong is gunna be the game!
other games???

Would it be too lame to bbq some burgers and dogs around 6 or 7 then every one just stick around for drinks and fun? or should i just invite everyone over at 10 and start then with music, shots, and pong?

i want this to be fun, im going to the military in december so this is my last good birthday with my closest friends. not to mention my make-up 21st.


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Adding to Cathy's comment about the teriyaki's a great recipe for both the beef and chicken>>

TERIYAKI BEEF OR CHICKEN--makes about 6 servings, so adjust recipe accordingly

3 to 4 pounds of beef or chicken
Teriyaki Sauce:
2/3 cup shoyu (Asian soy sauce)
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons sherry or white wine
3 clove garlic, minced
1 inch piece ginger, crushed
3 stalks green onion chopped fine
1 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice (optional)

Mix all ingredients. Soak beef 4 hours or overnight in sauce. Bake in shallow pan. Turn pieces over and marinate with sauce. Ten minutes before turning heat off, pour rest of shoyu mixture. Serve with chopped green onions and Chinese parsley. Bake 325 degrees for 1 hour or less depending on how well you like your meat. Medium is best. This is also a great for grilling on the BBQ. Makes about 6 servings
Grilled Teri-Beef and Teri-Chicken Sticks: A great way to make teriyaki beef or chicken when grilling is to slice the meat into thin strips before marinating. Then put on bamboo skewers and grill for 2-3 minutes per side. The meat comes out tender tasty and is easy to eat right off the stick.

I only mentioned this in case you want to invite them over a little earlier than the 10pm time slot (say 8 pm?)--I'd put out some food for the guests (in the beginning).. and a bunch of snack things they can graze on through the night.

Drinks and're on your own, I'm sure you have plenty of ideas in mind....have fun! Best of luck in the military.

If you like "bomb" drinks - how about Sake Bombs? They are a lot cheaper. Get some Sake (it's rice wine so it's not like buying those liqueurs you mentioned for Irish Car Bombs, etc.) and it uses beer to drop the sake bombs into (you can use shot glasses for the sake, put chop sticks above the glass, set the saki shot on top of the two chop sticks above the the beer and pound the table so the sake bomb drops in the glass of beer).

And make a big pot of cooked rice (every inexpensive), and get some of the bamboo wood skewers and soak them in water (they're in the kitchen gadget section in the market) soak them for an hour so they don't catch on fire and then load them with with teriyaki meat, chicken, veggies and grill them. I suggest putting only meat on a skewer and veggies on another skewer cause they cook at different times. Corn on the cob cut into about 2" pieces, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, green peppers, onions, etc.

And if you eat Sushi, spend some money on sushi for your starters. Most grocery stores have sushi now and Edamani (those green soy beans in the shells - they are in the freezer section and take 5 mins. to make - you drop them in boiling water, shut them off, remove them right away from water and salt and fridgerate them - very inexpensive).

I don't know any drinking games so I can't help you there...good luck.

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