July 4th is coming up soon! That is the time for lots of fun, food and fireworks! I love hosting these parties just to get together with friends and enjoy great food and watch the night sky light up so beautifully. It gives me chills when I think about the fact that I can do this where I live – I live in a country where we truly are free!
If you are planning on being the host or hostess for your get together, keep a few things in mind to help keep your budget in check, while still having fun!
1. Make your party BYOB and chairs. This is one way that you can quickly add up the costs. I usually have water and tea available (and even kool-aid for the kids), as those items are affordable. However, you can just ask your guests to bring along his or her own libations. Grab some coolers filled with ice so your guests can grab another cold one without missing out on the fun!
2. Go Potluck. Why not offer to provide the hot dogs and burgers and ask your guests to bring along the buns, sides, and chips! This is a an easy way to ensure you have a variety of foods without you having to foot the bill. Since you will be outside, take care to keep foods properly covered and then, when you are through eating, get them inside and stored properly. No one wants to end up sick.
3. Hit the Dollar Stores for Paper Goods. Rather than spend money on printed paper goods, just go for red, white or blue solid colors. Or heck – just skip the color all together and pick up white plates and goodies at the Dollar Store (includes Family Dollar, Dollar Tree and/or Dollar General). You can find some incredible deals on these items, which just end up in the trash anyhow. Think about it – do you remember the plates you ate off of at your last party? Chances are you don’t – so why spend so much on something that doesn’t really matter?
4. Set up correctly. Make sure that you’ve got everything you need ready to go. That means setting out enough chairs and seating for your guests. You might even ask your guests to bring along their own lawn chairs. Make sure you have the bug spray and/or citronella candles on hand so that you don’t get eaten alive.
5. Plan before you shop. A shopping list is key to saving money. Figure out what you need ahead of time and make sure you print your coupons before you leave home. When you forget something, it not only takes more time to run back to the store to pick it up, it also might cost you more as impulse purchases might find their way into your shopping cart.
Whatever you do – make sure you do it safely. No one wants to end up in the emergency room nor have a fire. Just use your head and you can still have a lot of fun! Enjoy the day!!