If you focus on these three frugal tips for throwing your last minute party there will be no need to splurge!
Start by looking through your local grocery and superstore weekly ads. Base your menu off what is on sale! You won’t need too much creativity to spark your thoughts on what to make for your menu. If you are looking for super easy, there are usually good deals on frozen appetizer or pizzas, especially around the holidays. If you are going for more of a homemade taste, then you will probably be narrowing your search to the baking and produce sections of the store. Make a grocery list of items you need then do a simple search for coupons on a site like thekrazycouponlady.com to stack even more savings!
When deciding what time to have your party make sure to take into consideration how much food your budget is going to allow. If your budget is closer to the penny side then you might want to have a party planned avoiding meal times and think about serving more of an appetizer or snack type menu. If your budget leans closer to the dollar then you have more options to serve a full meal or entrée.
Homemade is usually going to be your cheapest option when it comes to feeding a crowd. Whether snacks or entrees you can find a quick and easy recipe for just about anything tasty. It might take a little more prep time over popping something frozen in the oven but you will feel better about sticking to your budget and lets face it, homemade always tastes better than frozen.
Paper! When going frugal décor, paper is always your best friend. I usually snatch up one or two pads of scrapbook paper when I see it on sale at Joanns. The different types of decorations you can make with paper are really endless, especially if you have a cutter like a Cricut! Do a quick Pinterest search of something along the lines of “diy paper décor” and you are sure to find something to help paint that image you have for your party.
You can never go wrong with a banner. Different fonts, shapes, styles, and colors, when you combine your favorites together, your banner will always be a cute centerpiece for your special occasion.
Don’t forget about photo booth props! Super easy to make. Do a Google Image search of different objects to match your décor and theme, print, cut, and glue to any simple stick (seriously, even a stick from a tree could be cute!) and you have your props ready to go! Not only does a photo booth add to the décor but also adds a fun opportunity for your guests to take a selfie and remember your fabulous party!
Entertainment for you party does not need to be expensive or time consuming to plan! Less can be more in this case! Stick to the basics! Pull together a few group board games or interactive games like Catch Phrase, Pictionary, or Charades. Everyone loves a good Minute to Win it game! Any of these options is sure to entertain and get everyone laughing!
It doesn’t take much prep or mu-la to put together a frugal fabulous party, have fun! Send me pictures of your parties on Facebook, I really want to see!