How to Throw a Party on a Budget
Category: Personal Finance
Not only is it possible to throw a party on a budget, but there's also no reason why people should know you were trying to save money when planning the get together. From making your own invitations to using things from around the house for decorations, there's much you can do to save money.
Things You'll Need
- Disposable cups and dishes
- Food and drink
Stop at discount stores first to see what is available there. Plastic cups and utensils, paper napkins and even cleaning supplies for before and after the party should be available at discount chain stores and dollar stores. You may also be able to pick up other parties supplies there, including balloons and party favors.
Concentrate on lighting, as this is one of the cheapest decorating tricks used by the budget pros. Use candles if the party is at night (unless there are children attending), or replace white bulbs with colored or black-light bulbs for mood lighting.
Look for cheap decorations that make a big impact. Balloons and streamers are the most popular choices, but you can also get flowers or candles, posters and even small gag gifts that can then double as party favors. Or pick a single theme (Mexican, the 50s, end of summer) and use it to decorate the whole room. This also works if you want to find a common theme to make it easy to match decorations or plan the menu.
Save money on food by doing much of the preparation yourself. Buy fresh vegetables and cut them up rather than spending a lot on a prepared tray. Make your own dips. You can also enhance inexpensive food and snacks such as pasta or popcorn by using herbs and spices.
Serve a punch type drink such as sangria instead of trying to stock a complete bar. Buy soda and bottled water at a discount store by the case. If your guests are beer drinkers, a keg may be cheaper than bottles or cans.
Make it a potluck. If the guests are people you know well (friends, family or co-workers), ask them to bring a dish. Or prepare the food and request that they bring drinks and dessert. This will save you money and increase the menu variety at the same time.
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