Having a party can get expensive if you aren’t paying close attention to your budget. You can easily get carried away if you’re trying to make your party perfect. You can end up spending so much that you won’t want to throw a party again for a long time.
Fortunately, there are money saving party tips you can use, like saving on invitations, setting a budget, and using your own plates and silverware. If you plan ahead, you won’t have to worry if you and your guests are having fun. It’s easy to host a party on a budget in the summer because there are so many sales where stores are promoting seasonal items. And your party doesn’t have to be perfect to be fun. If you follow these summer party tips, you and your guests will have a great time, and you’ll stay on budget, plus, you’ll be more likely to host more than one party between Memorial Day and Labor Day because you learned how to save.
Go Shopping First
Start by planning your menu and then make your shopping list before you go to the store. Summer is the perfect time for creating a menu using seasonal ingredients. Go to your local farmer’s market or reasonably priced supermarket, and look through the sales circulars to find out what’s in season and priced on the low side.
Create a Hot Dog Bar
Put out every topping from onions to relish, cheese, sauerkraut, chili, mustard, ketchup, and anything else you can top a hot dog with. You can even serve tofu dogs for your vegetarian friends.
Host a Salad Party
You can serve several main dish salads. Pasta salads, green salads and potato salads are just a few examples you can try. You can even put meat or seafood in those salads, but try to keep the concept of using seasonal ingredients.
Invite Friends to Share Your Catch of the Day
Plan for your friends to come over to share the fish you have caught. You can grill your fish on the bbq and add a salad, corn on the cob, and bread.
Try a Post Fruit Picking Party
Plan a dessert party for after you have picked berries from a local farm. Invite your friends to join you for strawberries and whipped cream, blueberry pie or peach cobbler. Continue the evening with iced coffee or tea.
Host an Ice Cream Night
Many people enjoy the cold sweetness of ice cream during the hot summer months. Ask your friends to join you for an ice cream sundae party. Serve different ice cream flavours, ice pops, frozen yogurts, Italian ices, and a variety of other cold treats. Offer toppings like candy, sprinkles, whipped cream, fudge and other sauces, and fruit.
Organize a Summertime Pot-luck Party
A summertime party favourite is a pot-luck party. With a pot-luck, everyone chooses what they will bring to the party. And everyone is in control of how much they spend.
Control Your Bar
You don’t have to feel like you have to provide a full-scale bar to your guests. Offer only two cocktails, plus water, sodas and juice. If you choose, you can ask everyone to bring their own favourite alcoholic beverage and you can provide the non-alcoholic drinks. As an alternative, you can host a party where there is no alcohol at all.
With these simple tips, you will save money while planning a great summer party. Everyone will have fun and you have saved enough money to host another party later in the summer.