How to Party without Parting with Your Cash

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In the midst of the holiday season, it’s easy to go into celebration overdrive. Stores and shopping malls are decked out in elaborate displays (some places since October) and the air is filled with goodwill and the scent of sweet treats.

If you’re planning to host a party, you can save a lot of money by decorating with objects you already have.

Fill varying shapes and sizes of jars and vases with items  that reflect your party’s theme. Below are a few suggestions and photos:

Party Theme: Items to Fill Vases/Jars:
Christmas Various ornaments, pine cones, homemade paper snowflakes
Kid’s Party Leggos, marbles, Matchbox cars, party favors/noisemakers
Birthday Curled ribbon, confetti, small balloons, small wrapped candy, Pixie Stix, marshmallows, Twizzlers, or M
Dinner Party Lemons, apples, dry pasta
Thanksgiving Mini pumpkins or gourds, fall vegetables

Birthday party

Italian-themed dinner party

Children’s birthday party

Need more table space for your guests? A door laid across two smaller tables (or other sturdy objects) instantly expands your seating capacity. Cover the table with brown craft paper (large rolls are available at most home improvement stores) and set out markers or crayons for an inexpensive yet entertaining party.

When it comes to planning a menu, don’t feel you need to break your budget to impress your friends. Breakfast staples like pancakes, waffles, and crepes make for fun yet budget-friendly dinner parties. Invite guests to bring their favorite toppings, fruits, or vegetables (for savory crepes) and let everyone make their own custom creation. The same method works for pizza or pasta parties, too. Just prepare a large batch of pizza dough or cooked pasta, and have guests add their own toppings.

What are your go-to tricks for hosting a party on a budget?

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2 responses »

  1. I find reading your blog very humbling. I have spent way too much on froofie bling that ended up in the trash. Keep the ideas coming as they are having an impact on me!

    • I find myself buying new items for entertaining all the time and agree that most of it gets thrown away. With a little ingenuity (and asking others to borrow items), it’s possible to throw a great party without so much waste.

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