How to Throw a Party on a Budget

Whenever there’s a big birthday coming up, a family reunion, or any other type of celebration, there’s always a party. Parties can be great fun, but they can also be costly, which can be a bit frustrating if you’re trying to minimise your outgoings and stick to a budget. The good news is that it is possible to throw a party without breaking the bank. All you need are a few recipes for kids and adults up your sleeve that can be made cheaply and taste delicious, and some economical ways to keep your guests entertained for the whole event.

Low Cost Recipes

Party-worthy recipes for kids and adults don’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, you might be surprised by how many mouths you can feed while sticking to a budget. Here’s just a few ideas to get your started:

There’s lots of fun recipes for kids that can be whipped up quickly and for very little money. How about making up a batch of pancakes (add food colouring to the batter to make them irresistible to the little ones!), or setting out a variety of finger foods like pizza slices and sausage rolls? And for dessert, you can go as simple as a marshmallow on a stick, dipped in a little melted chocolate.

For adults, there’s a huge trend over in the United States for ‘food bars’, and it’s starting to make its way over here. It makes food fun, so guests focus less on expensive ingredients and more on getting stuck in and preparing something they’ll really love. A baked potato bar is a good idea. All you need is baked potatoes and some toppings that guests can add themselves, like sour cream, grated cheese, and beans.

The time that you throw your party can have a big effect on how much you need to spend on food. To keep costs down, it’s worth considering hosting an afternoon event between 2pm and 4pm, or an evening event starting at 8pm. These periods are between conventional meal times, which means it’s acceptable to offer a range of light snacks rather than a full ‘sit down’, three course dinner.

Party Entertainment

Keeping the kids busy at a party is a piece of cake. All you need is a pot of colouring pencils and some paper, and maybe an area designated for ‘messy play’. You just need some plastic sheets or newspaper on the floor, and a few tubs of modelling dough (which is easy to wash out of clothing). If your recipes for kids went down a treat, then your kid-friendly entertainments are sure to be a big hit!

For the adults, skip the booze, which can be costly. Instead, ask your guests to contribute by bringing their own bottle, and spend your entertainment budget on something a little more engaging. For winter parties, you could hire a photobooth for a bit of a laugh, or a bouncy castle for the summer months!

Get The Party Started

With these cheap and cheerful recipes and a selection of low cost entertainments to choose from, there’s no reason to steer clear of big celebrations, even if you’re trying to save money.

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