Fireworks! Barbecues! Who wouldn’t want to throw a party on Fourth of July? It’s just that pesky bank account that’s holding you back.
Getting together with friends and family without spending a bundle is doable. Use these tips for throwing a Fourth of July bash on a budget.
Keep the Decorations Simple. When choosing decorations, there is nothing wrong with raiding the dollar store. There are plenty of fun adornments for the holiday, and some you could even reuse next year. You can also load up on supplies for Fourth of July arts and crafts projects to entertain your younger guests.
Make it a Potluck. What better way to save money on food than to have others bring it? You can make the main dish or supply the ingredients for grilling, then encourage others to bring fruit, appetizers, sides and dessert. Challenge your guests to be creative and incorporate red, white and blue into their dish.
BYOB. To coincide with your potluck theme, have your guests bring their favorite drinks to enjoy. As host, offer a signature cocktail such as this Layered Patriotic Punch to add a festive touch and provide guests an alternative to what they brought.
Have Others Help You Grill. If you really just want to grill out, see if someone has a grill they can bring to supplement the one you already have. Having two grills going at once means people are fed quicker and time spent away from guests is minimized.
Have a Patriotic Playlist. There is no reason to hire a deejay when you have Spotify or Pandora to keep the music going and take the guesswork out of deciding what to play. Make quickie playlists for the Fourth or choose a themed playlist from their selection.
No Better Time for Board Games. Board games are a great way to bring people together, especially if the Fourth of July forecast is less than optimal. Provide your own cards and games and invite guests to bring their favorites. You might be surprised at how much people open up with a drink in one hand and a few dice in the other.
Dazzle Your Guests. Have a plan for fireworks. Either find a nearby spot where you and your guests can watch them or have your party before the fireworks begin. Don’t set off your own fireworks. Instead, offer your guests sparklers or glow necklaces for a less expensive—and safer—option.
Fireworks are definitely the hallmark of Fourth of July, but the time you get to spend with friends and family is an even bigger holiday perk. Make the most of your day off from work, and throw a budget-friendly Fourth of July party that everyone will enjoy.
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