Outdoor events are a huge part of your family’s summer. You would love to host an extravagant outdoor event with all your friends, family, and neighbors. Unfortunately, you do not have the money to wine and dine your guests. Don’t let your budget limit your fun.
Here are some tips on how to make any outdoor event a smash, even with a budget.
Skip fancy silverware and plates. Buy paper plates, napkins, and plastic silverware in bulk. You save money and make cleaning up easier. Use your wholesale membership card to stock up on bulk supplies.
These supplies are also available at online wholesale retailers, local superstores, and grocery stores.
Stick to the classics by purchasing major barbecue meats: chicken, hotdogs, burgers, and steak. Also add some seafood options for a more balanced array of meats. Keep a small stock of meats so that the fruits and vegetables are the bulk part of your food supplies.
People tend to eat lighter during the summer. Therefore, they’re more likely to grab for a small salad than a big chunk of meat. Eliminate some food waste by buying more fruits and vegetables than packages of meat.
Home improvement stores, such as Home Depot, carry a wide selection of affordable outdoor furniture. At Home Depot, you can buy everything from grills to lawn chairs online or in-stores. The home improvement giant runs coupons and exclusive savings on Groupon’s coupon page. These coupons make it even easier to afford all your outdoor furniture needs.
Avoid paying for alcohol by having your guest supply their own. On the invite, encourage guests to bring drinks to share with the party. Since you’re buying and cooking everything else, most guests should be compliant about bringing drinks.
This keeps everyone’s cup flowing all night.
Keep it simple when it comes to having fun. Don’t overspend on a DJ or a children’s bouncy castle. Stick with the basics. Find some cheap, but fun, games for the children to play. Consider games like Pin-the-Tail on the Donkey, Slip-N-Slide, and smacking the Piñata.
Let the adults have fun by dancing to your playlist. Set up 4-5 small speakers around the backyard. Make sure that the playlist includes at least 6 hours worth of music that’s a mixture of new and classic upbeat jams.
Also have a deck of cards around for anyone who wants to play card games during the party.