So you are planning a party on a budget, eh?
Yay!! Parties! Who doesn’t love to party?
Until… you become the host. Or hostess. And you realize that your dream backyard party is gonna cost a pretty penny.
Well, NOT TODAY!
Backyard party for adults
Adults like to have fun. I mean, all ages love to have fun, but, ahem.. adults are a different level fun altogther. Two fun events are summer parties and barbeque perties.
Barbeque on a budget
Fajitas. The ones used in tacos. The skirt meat of beef is extremely chewy with lots of tough muscles, and that’s why many people don’t buy it.
But here comes the catch : skirt meat is extremely flavorful. What would you want your guests to complain about – taste or painful jaws? If its worth the taste, trust me, they won’t mind the jaws.
Use aluminum foil as trays
What other uses of aluminum do you know (other than that it is used to make planes)? You can use them as trays! Just fold ’em corners like you are molding a tray with your bare hands.
Besides, you can later o ball it up and use it to scrub the grill grates after the guests leave. Genius much?
Use personalized wine labels
Personalized wine (or any drink) labels add extra fun and memories. Like, if I had to host a summer party and my friends come around and I know some embarrassing moments about the last time they got drunk, I would write that.
Use frozen cocktail treats
Mix hot n spicy with cold and relaxing in your barbeque party.
Besides, you get bonus points if you use mason jars as glasses and serve the frozen cocktails in those mason jars. Be sure to give spoons and straws for scooping every last bit.
Summer party on a budget
Summer parties are my favorite. They are an amazing away to catch up with your friends and know what’s up with there life and where they are and all. Let me show you how to make it cheaper .
Have a picnic
What’s the second thing that pops in your head after "summer parties"? PICNICS OF COURSE! So do your BBQ the picnic style. That saves the headache of scooping extra chairs from your neighbors or asking your guests to bring some.
As shown in the picture, you but need some bed sheets and pillows or cushions as chairs. If you don’t have a low table, just pick some crates from your garden (or the neighbors’) and color it up! More on that below!
Use fresh farm produce
Using fresh farm produce just adds into the whole BBQ feels of making meat and food like an early man. It makes me feel like Bear Grills (pun totally intended).
Besides having fresh farm produce will save you lots of money. You’d be surprised at the amount of money you save, especially now that you’ll be buying in large quantities. It’s also recommended for having paleo + vegan diet on a budget.
Entertaining outdoors on a budget
Nobody wants to call guests and run out of talking topics. Or worse, having no reason to stay as long as possible. And perhaps being the talk of the class…in a bad way…
Use string lights for trees
String lights are a must for any kind of party. Not only does it ensure that the guests (or even kids) can enjoy the evenings, but it will also keep they entertained.
Especially the kids. They will find anything pretty and will make up pretend-games where they might do something like…. starry nights, anyone?
Birthday party on a budget
Planning for a birthday party on a budget is really nice because not only do you save money , but you also get gifts and presents from your guests. That’s double the fun!
Use gift wrapper as table cloth
Start it all with setting the jolly, colorful atmosphere with color gift wrap papers as table "cloth"! Pick designs and patterns according to the theme.
Besides, if its kids, they’ll be occupied. And if either way, any food or drinks (adults) spilled shouldn’t make you feel like "Darn sloppy guests".
Use washi tape for straws
It looks colorful, festive and also, great conversion starters! My sister for example, loves crafts. I temporarily stole her washi tape collection to make straws look so cute and all.
Once, one kid was just blowing air in her juice. Then everyone started doing it, and as a good hostess, I had to join in too. But it was fun!!
Budget DIY party decoration
The best and the most tried-and-tested fail-proof method is making your own decorations for your part. Here are some of my favorite budget DIY party decoration:
Use brown craft paper as table cloth
Using brown kraft paper as table "cloth" makes the whole environment feel more rustic and gives a homely coy feeling. To make it look even more original (or crafty), you can paint the dishes and cutlery on it. You know, as places where and why to be kept and all.
Use bandanas as napkins
Bandanas are so colorful, and so stylish without much effort that it seems pointless if you do not use it as cloth napkins. For more bandana uses, keep reading!
Use bandanas as above-the-table decor
Fold them into half diagonally and knot the individual ends together. Or any other pattern or fashion you fancy. Nice above-the-table decor.
Use crayons as utensil holders
As you can tell by now, I love colors! And crayons are the building blocks of colors! If it’s a kiddie party, kids will go CRAZY for it!!
Once I hosted a get together party for all the college friends, and the the theme was "be a kid". And I used this crayon utensil holder. Everyone loved it. So much that when things got tipsy, some crayons were missing…
All in all, these are the ways you can plan any party on a budget – be it birthday parties, summer parties or any backyard parties.
My favorite budget DIY party decoration is – you guessed it- CRAYONS!! What about you? Do let me know in the comments below.