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How to Plan a Cheap Party Without Looking Like a Cheapskate

There’s plenty of wrong ways to plan a party that will definitely make you look cheap. How you save money will also depend on what kind of party you’re throwing and who else is involved in throwing it. These tips will keep your party costs down so you can stay on budget while still throwing a great event.

Our Best Tips To Plan a Cheap Party

Bring Your Own Beverage. This is probably the best tip I can give you when hosting any kind of event. It can be everything from a cash bar at your wedding to a backyard BBQ.


If you really want to serve an alcoholic beverage, make a spiked punch, Jello shots, or some other kind of pre-made drink or signature cocktail. Use cheaper liquor and when it’s gone, it’s gone.

A great, easy way to save is to have your guests bring something. But there are right and wrong ways to do this!

Potluck or Plan Away From Meal Times

How to not look cheap: Don’t ask someone to bring something expensive or the main course. If you can’t afford the main course, skip it altogether or host a “bring your own meat” BBQ.

Unless it’s your wedding (and even then…) or your kid’s birthday party, there’s really no need to send out print invitations. Take advantage of Facebook to create a private event for your party.

Skip Formal Invitations

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