There’s always a reason to gather and celebrate with your family and friends. Whether you’re celebrating the holiday season, a new baby, or watching a football game together we have come to appreciate how important gathering with friends and family can be. If a family gathering is on your calendar, use these five tips to host a party on a budget.
- Do some menu magic. You’re the host, so you get to design the menu, and can easily choose a tasty menu that won’t break the bank. If you plan to cook, consider an array of various appetizers rather than a full entrée for each person. Or provide the entrée and ask guests to bring side dishes.
- Shop smart. Plan ahead and get your shopping done early. If you’re planning your party during the holiday season or a for a popular event, the closer to the date the greater chance prices will be higher or items will be sold out. Consider using alternatives to the traditional grocery store.
- Get creative with décor. Search online for free, printable signs, place cards, and banners. If you want fresh flowers, the supermarket flower department usually carries fresh flowers at much lower prices than a traditional florist.
- Let your guests help out. To help cut down on costs, coordinate with your guests and ask them to bring something like a bottle of wine, dessert, appetizers, or even a party game. You save money and guests feel like they are contributing to the success of your party.
- Focus on what really matters. The purpose of your party is celebrating with family and friends and creating a fun atmosphere. No one is going to care that there aren’t individual place cards, party favors, or a gourmet cheese tray. Focus on creating an inviting atmosphere where everyone feels welcome.
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