Throwing a Fantastic Party Without Breaking the Bank
Memorial Day is a time to honor our loved ones who have served in the military, but many families also make it a time to get together, remember those who aren’t with us anymore, and celebrate their lives. Often, it can be a great time to take a vacation and get away, but many people choose instead to have a big party with their friends and family members. The food, decorations, and details can get costly, however, so it’s important to think about ways you can create a fantastic bash without having to spend a huge stack of cash.
Because Memorial Day is typically regarded as the beginning of summer, there are several fun themes you can go with for the party that will be easily shoppable at the local dollar store. Small American flags planted around the perimeter always make a big impact, while fun designs on paper plates and cups will help you keep things light without blowing your budget.
Here are a few things to consider when you want to throw an awesome Memorial Day bash.
Cook for the Masses
Grilling is a great way to save some money on food since hot dogs and hamburgers will feed a lot of people, but it’s important to keep grill safety in mind, especially if it’s gas. Your safety — and the safety of your guests — is a priority, and sometimes at parties, it’s easy to get distracted and forget. Never place a gas grill close to the house or to another structure, and make sure there is plenty of ventilation. Before you begin cooking, check the entire grill — including the gas tank — for leaks, cracks, or anything that might cause a problem.
Print Your Own Invitations
There are tons of ideas online for printable invitations to just about every kind of party, and you can also look on Etsy for more unique and creative printables that will fit your budget. If you want to save money on postage, create an event on Facebook and share it across social media to your guests; this is an easy way to keep track of how many people are coming since everyone can RSVP right away from their smartphones.
Decorate for Less
Memorial Day is about coming together with friends and loved ones and spending time with one another, so it’s not necessary to go all out with decor. Small plastic flags are perfect decorations that won’t cost much and can be used for everything from lining the driveway to anchoring the centerpiece of a table. If you have a pool or will be providing an inflatable pool for your guests, use beach balls to bring some color into the area and lay out some fluffy towels for everyone to use. You can also hang a mixture of streamers and twinkle lights for a wow factor. Those little details will make a big difference and won’t break your budget.
Make it a BYOD party
Your party budget will go up quite a bit if you have to provide drinks for anyone who wants one, but if you stick mostly to bottled water and soda and tell guests to bring their own adult beverages, you can save money and ensure that everyone will have what they want. Just keep in mind that some people might need a designated driver at the end of the party, and if there will be children present, keep the alcoholic drinks in one spot that can be easily monitored.
Throwing a Memorial Day party that is memorable and fun doesn’t have to be expensive. Get creative and think about the best ways to make the event personalized and safe so that you and your friends and family will have a blast from beginning to end.
Article submitted by Carrie Spencer