Looking to host a party this July? Well check out these simple tips to host a 4th of July party without breaking the bank!
Host a 4th of July Party without Breaking the Bank
As is the case every year, the Fourth of July is just around the corner. If you’re like most proud American families, then you’re getting amped (especially the little ones) about throwing that traditional party. With the economy the way that it is, tips on throwing a party to remember while saving money are always welcome. With this in mind, we’ve curated a list of ideas on making your Fourth of July get-together memorable without breaking the bank.
The Best Way to Extend Invitations
With the rise of social media as a primary means of keeping in touch with friends and family who are scattered across the city/state, giga-sites such as Facebook and Twitter have made it easier than ever before to effectively send mass emails. Use the existing features to post a general invite on your Facebook wall, or create a group if there’s enough time. Even if you’re short on time this year, it’s definitely a technique you can use in the years to come.
Starting relatively early is the key to getting enough guests; by creating a Facebook group, you allow other members to spread the news slowly but surely. Several weeks in advance should do the trick; make sure to decorate the page festively with red, white, and blue so that people know precisely what it’s for as soon as they log on.
Budgeting for the Festivities – Food and Drinks
Quite understandably, this is usually the biggest expenditure. How do you plan on feeding all of those people for this once-per-year event? One thing that you simply cannot afford to overlook is couponing; retailers have them for almost everything these days. You’d be surprised how significantly the right assortment of coupons can lower your food bill.
How to find them, then? First, search online. You’re going to need meat, unless you and all of your friends and family are vegetarians or vegans. Even so, unless your position is ideological, then you’ll want to procure some steaks, chicken, ground beef, or pork for your guests. Nothing beats a snack like a chili hot dog to celebrate the nation’s freedom.
Don’t Forget the Decorations
Festivities are incomplete without the necessary decorations. You want the scenery to be festive and welcoming, but you certainly don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for a transient event. It’s a good thing that the bulk of the decorations can be had from your local dollar store or CVS. In fact, coupons exist for just this purpose, given the sheer numbers of decorations that people buy throughout the year. The same stores that sell organizers for home decor and office parties sell balloons and other celebratory accouterments on the cheap; be sure to pick some up for your Independence Day party.
Flags are, of course, essential; it may work out better if you pick these up earlier in the year. If it’s too late to take advantage of pre-mid-year deals, then thin, cheap material will do; after all, they’re just flags for the day’s festivities. As for all the other things you need, such as napkins, paper plates, utensils, etc, the most important thing to remember is to make sure the decorations all have a touch of the seminal colors in them – red, white and blue. With coupons available for both food and supplies, a Fourth of July get-together just might be the least expensive (as opposed to ‘cheap’) holiday of the year.
You Can Never Have Enough Fireworks
Fireworks are perhaps the single most defining aspect of all Independence Day celebrations. Although you’re bound to see a ceaseless spate of fireworks brightening up the night sky regardless, it’s still good to have your own. You can create a sort of station off to the side of your party, so that as evening approaches, the kids and adults can head over there to start lighting up the sparklers. Fireworks are very inexpensive in the days leading up to the Fourth of July, because the supply rockets up to exceed even the considerable demand. Stores, street vendors, and online merchants are selling them in droves.
The number of substations that you can add are virtually endless for such a hallowed holiday. For example, since you’ve finally got all or most of the family together for once, a photography booth isn’t a bad idea. Another option concerning food is to suggest a potluck on your Facebook group page; everyone can bring their favorite dish and you, as the host, can supplement instead of providing the entire thing. Of course, good old-fashioned burgers and hot dogs can be bought in bulk. No matter what, make your Fourth of July one to remember.
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