Q. My husband and I are having an open house, but with our budget we will be unable to afford a multitude of alcohol. Is it inappropriate to state on the invitation for our guest to b.y.o.b?
A. Technically, events at which guests are asked to bring or pay for food or drinks are organized, not hosted. BYOB and pot luck affairs are normally used for very casual, last-minute entertaining and allow friends to have a fun time while spreading the costs.
In your case, BYOB would not be the gracious choice. If you can’t afford alcohol, then serve those beverages that you can afford such as soft drinks, beer or wine, or mix a holiday punch that can stretch a small amount of alcohol a long way