How to Throw a Great Family Party on a Budget
When you are in charge of hosting the family party, a lot of the expenses will fall entirely on your shoulders.
Food for a Family Party
Appetizers Can Do the Trick
When you do not necessarily have a whole lot of money to drop on food for your family party, remember that less is more. With this approach, you can easily stay within budget.
Instead of trying to provide an entire meal, you could serve a decent appetizer spread. By doing so, you could provide your family guests with more variety to eat because you are not spending a big chunk of money on one main course (and other sides that would go with said course).
Appetizers you can provide and serve while on a budget include:
- Deviled eggs
- Buffalo chicken dip
- Cheese quesadillas
- Assorted vegetable platter
- Pizza bites
- Fruit skewers
- Bags of popcorn
- Bags of peanuts
- Garlic bread
- Pigs in a blanket
- Lettuce wraps
- Ham and cheese wheels
- Fruit salad
- Wonton crackers
- Crackers and cheese
- Bean dip
- Salsa and chips
- Stuffed mushrooms
- Oven-roasted edamame
Make it a Potluck
If you would still like to have an actual meal be part of the occasion’s proceedings but do not necessarily have a lot of money to spend, you could host a potluck.
If everyone attending your party brings a dish of their own to contribute to the potluck, you can end up having a full spread available to your guests for only a fraction of the cost.
Plus, you might be able to enjoy that special family dish that a certain relative only makes a few times a year. Saving money and getting tasty goodness? Sounds like a win/win.
Supplies on a Budget
Figure Out What You Already Have at Home
Before you go out and buy more things, figure out what supplies you may already have on hand at home. If you do not need to spend more money, why do so?
By making use of the items you have on hand, you can end up cutting the total bill for your family party down by a significant amount.
Already have dishes, utensils, party food, and some decorations? Make use of them and keep more money in your wallet!
See if You Can Borrow the Things You Need
Alternatively, if there is something that you need for the party but cannot necessarily afford to buy, see if you know anyone who has what you need and would be willing to lend it to you for the duration of your family party.
Borrowing from a friend or family member will more than likely be free, so that will be one less expense you have to be concerned with when putting together a family party on a budget.
Go to the Dollar Store
The dollar store is your best friend when you want to throw any kind of special celebration on a budget.
The decorations and party items you find there may not be the fanciest, but you can still find a lot of basic necessities that will be more than good enough for your party needs at a more affordable price.
Things such as napkins, decorations, basic ingredients, games, and more can be found at a dollar store, so you will not have to waste money on such small purchases at a higher end establishment.
Other Family Party Items
Use Inexpensive Invitations
You do not need to waste money on fancy invitations when you are informing your family of a get-together.
You can get low cost, simple, cute invitations at just about any store that sells greeting cards—like the dollar store. They might not be elaborate, but they will still get the job done at a fraction of the cost.
If you would like to cut down the costs even further, you could just make your own invitations by hand. All you would need to pay for is the paper, pens, and the postage.
You can get even cheaper than that, however. You can ditch the paper route altogether and send invitations online through email, social media, or other electronic means. You could also just do it by word of mouth.
Look to the Internet for Activity Ideas
If you are looking for activities for you and your family to partake in at your party, the internet is chock full of creative ideas that you can do on a budget. Places like Pinterest or Instagram are a prime source for party inspiration ideas.