Memorial Day, End of the School Year, Fourth of July and so much more are quickly approaching! Hosting a party can be a lot of fun, however affording to feed all the people at the party can wreck havoc, if not carefully planned out. Luckily there are several creative ways to fix that budgeting problem without breaking the bank or creating a bad party.
Top Tips to Consider
1. Get a Catering Platter
The first way is to order a big catering platter, like a 6-foot sub or a Mexican platter from a local restaurant. Many restaurants, both casual dinning and fast food, have this option of the patter and can make it within a few days’ time, if given the proper notice. If the party is catered, the cost can be split between the families attending, so each family can offer five to ten dollars for the platter, then they can eat as much as they want. The platters come with a variety of foods, so even the pickiest eaters can enjoy the food and party.
2. Make Your Own Deli Meat Tray:
Having a deli inside the host’s house is another inexpensive, but fun idea. The guests can choose what meats, chesses, breads, and additional items they would like on their sandwiches. They can also determine what side dishes they would like. This ‘Build Your Own Lunch or Dinner’ is a great and inexpensive way to make everyone happy at the party.
3. Host a Potluck:
Your hosting the party, why should you have to do all the work! Make your party a potluck ask friends and family members to brings their favorite dish. This is a very inexpensive way to have a great party. You also don’t have to worry about packaging up leftovers and clean up because everyone can bring their own dish back home.
Have a friend that doesn’t cook? Ask them to bring the plates, silverware, and/or napkins instead of a dish.
Being that it is summer time, what’s better than turning your party into a barbecue! The host can supply the hot dogs and hamburgers while each guest can bring a side dishes. Remember to check the paper or sites like EarningStation to print coupons for hot dogs and hamburgers. Are you a member of a wholesale club? Meat can be bought at a wholesale store for less than at a grocery store when in bulk.
5. Pizza Party:
Another idea is to order pizza from a local pizza shop. Who doesn’t love pizza? To cut on the cost of ordering pizza make sure you order it for pick up instead of delivery. When you get delivery, there is typically charge, which can get expensive depending on how much pizza is ordered. Ordering pizzas that are not cooked, but can be cooked at home is another way to save money because those pizzas usually cost half of the delivered ones. They can be special ordered to fit the guests’ tastes as well.
6. Plan Plan Plan!
Finally, the most important thing to do is to PLAN! Planning ahead when shopping at the grocery store is a good way to get part of what is needed slowly instead of getting everything at once. For example, one week, buy the chips and drinks needed, then the next week buy the meats. The week after that, buy the extras, like ketchup and mayonnaise, and the desserts. Then, the last week, buy the paper plates, napkins, and cups. This way spreads out the expense of the party and the budget does not suffer as much as it would with one huge bill. However the party is supplied, the most important part is to have fun and enjoy each other.