Inexpensive Party Ideas for Summer

garden-party-364593_1280Parties are an excellent way to create lasting memories with friends and family this summer. However, throwing a party can get costly once you add up food, drink, décor and more. Here are four inexpensive party ideas to try this summer that won’t break your budget.

Cocktail Party
While hosting a cocktail party might seem expensive at first, they can actually be a great way to throw a fun party on a budget. A cocktail party is traditionally held later in the evening, meaning you can save on food costs. Since your guests will arrive after dinner, you can create a menu of finger foods and snacks that fit within your budget. Choose just one or two specialty cocktails to serve your guests to save on alcohol expenses. For a fun yet inexpensive party idea, choose a theme for your snacks and specialty drinks, such as a luau, or a 60s-style cocktail party.

Dinner Party Potluck
A potluck is not only an inexpensive party idea, it can also be a wonderful way to sample a variety of different foods. Choose a theme for the party, like comfort food, or a specific cuisine such as Indian, Mexican, Morrocan or French. Once you pick a theme, ask your guests to bring an appetizer, main or dessert. You can even offer recipe ideas. Decorate appropriately, and invite your guests to eat in the style they would in the country of origin.

Picnic in the Park
Combine picnic fun with an afternoon of outdoor activities for an inexpensive party idea to try. Your picnic can feature a simple menu of sandwiches, fresh fruits and veggies or salad. Don’t forget to bring along a few blankets to create a comfortable place to sit as you enjoy the atmosphere of a local park, or even your backyard!

Backyard BBQ
A backyard BBQ is always a great option for a summer party. You can prepare all of the tableware, condiments, and BBQ supplies ahead of time, along with any side dishes, salads and soda. Ask guests to bring their own meats or veggies to grill, and any beverages they might want to bring.

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