With real estate in it's slow season, let's talk summertime parties!|
Hosting a 4th of July party, or a mid-summer pool party, or even an end-of-summer back to school party is a great way to get your friends and family together for the celebration, but many people are put off by the potential costs. If you assume that you'd need to spend lots of money to throw an impressive party, think again. As long as you're prepared to do a little more planning than you might otherwise have done, you can easily save across most areas without looking cheap or tacky. Here are some tips for hosting a summer party that won't hurt your budget too much and that will still be remembered for all of the right reasons!
Make a list of who will be coming to the party and base your food around that to avoid serving more than your guests will eat. See if you can find coupons in your local paper or on coupon websites to help you lower your food costs a little bit.
If you're having a backyard barbecue, cooking burgers and steaks for multiple guests can become expensive, so think about alternative options like hot dogs. This way, you can still maintain a BBQ theme without seeing your food costs spiral out of control. You might also ask your guests to bring along some potato chips or other snacks to help you out. Side dishes and drinks are all easy things that guests can bring, and they won’t feel like you're a cheapskate for asking them.
Plastic utensils/cutlery, napkins and cups can be purchased cheaply from dollar stores if you don't want to use your own or you don’t have enough to go around... but remember to recycle those paper plates and plastics!
Again, asking your guests to bring their own isn't a big deal. They might prefer it. Summer parties are usually a casual affair, so sodas, beer, and lemonade usually work best!
Throwing a fabulous summer party doesn't need to break the bank. With some creativity and careful planning, it's more than possible to impress your guests without going over budget, especially if you can persuade them to pitch in with food and drink to spread the costs around. Ultimately, it's all about the company that will make it a good time and memories to remember.