How to Throw a Great Family Party on a Budget

 
You are here: Home » MoneyTalk » Budgeting and Saving » How to Throw a Great Family Party on a Budget

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.

If you do not have that big of a budget though, you might be wondering what you can do to make the party a success. Fortunately, there are ways to throw a great family party on a budget.

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
  • Meatballs
  • Fruit skewers
  • Bags of popcorn
  • Nachos
  • Bags of peanuts
  • Dumplings
  • Garlic bread
  • Pigs in a blanket
  • Lettuce wraps
  • Ham and cheese wheels
  • Fruit salad
  • Hummus
  • 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.

Trusted lender of over 250,000 customers2

Trusted by over 250,000 customers since 2002, we know how to do business the right way. Our US based customer service team is there for you seven days a week.

LoanMart © 2019 All Rights Reserved. Version: 19.07.19.9
Go To topGet it on Google Play

DISCLOSURES FOR VEHICLE SECURED LOANS MADE BY LOANMART

LoanMart may act as the broker for the loan and may not be the direct lender. Loan proceeds are intended primarily for personal, family and household purposes. LoanMart does not offer or service student loans. California loans are made or arranged pursuant to a California Financing Law License. See State Disclosures for additional disclosures.

1Credit approval is subject to LoanMart’s credit criteria standards. Actual loan amount, term, and Annual Percentage Rate of the loan that a consumer qualifies for may vary by applicant. Minimum loan amounts vary by state. Consumers need to demonstrate ability to repay the loan.

2Based on consumers who received a loan from February 2002 to October 2018.

3Application processes could take five (5) minutes to complete. Upon completion, a conditional approval may be given pending review of documentation. Funding time is based on the time from final approval following receipt and review of all required documents and signing, prior to 5PM PST on a business day.

4To exercise the right to rescind, the consumer(s) must notify LoanMart in writing by midnight on the third calendar day from obtaining the loan. Within one business day from notice of rescission, the consumer(s) must return any monies received and fees paid on behalf of the consumer(s) by certified funds.

5LoanMart recommends and encourages customers to pay early and often and more in order to avoid additional finance charges.

If you are using a screen reader and are having problems using this website, please call 1-855-422-7412 for assistance.


DISCLOSURES FOR VEHICLE SECURED LOANS MADE BY CAPITAL COMMUNITY BANK

Loans for Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas residents are made by Capital Community Bank, a Utah chartered bank located in Provo, UT, member FDIC. Loans made by Capital Community Bank will be governed by Utah law and serviced by LoanMart.

All loan applications are subject to meeting Capital Community Bank’s credit criteria, which include providing acceptable property as collateral. Consumers need to demonstrate ability to repay the loan.

Questions? Customersupport@800loanmart.com or call 855-399-2261.