Everyone can throw a party on the 4th of July. Even if you are on a budget. Here are 10 ways to throw a 4th of July party without spending an arm and a leg.
1. Have the party at a free venue. If having the party at your home isn’t an option then consider local parks or other free venues that require little or no set up. Kids love running around and playing and adults are happy to converse with other adults just about anywhere. Bring covered canopy tents if you have them and set up tables or use picnic tables if they are already there. It is an added benefit if the venue is close to a water source so that party guests can take a swim or play in the water to cool off from the summer heat.
2. Have guests bring a covered dish. This is one of the bigger money savers. There is nothing wrong with guests bringing their own dish to contribute to the party. This keeps your costs low and allows for everyone to get together. Additionally, guests who may have special food needs such as food allergies can accommodate themselves by bringing those foods that they know are safe for them to eat.
3. Shop at a bulk warehouse for food and party supplies. Usually bulk warehouse shopping can save more money than shopping at a grocery store. However, this depends on the item. Some items can be less expensive when bought at a grocery store. Items like napkins and plastic utensils are more economical when purchased at places like Costco, BJ’s Warehouse or Sam’s. Simple cost comparison between the stores can yield the best option for your needs.
4. Make up games like a scavenger hunt. An activity like a scavenger hunt is free fun that engages guests. They are preoccupied having a good time and getting involved without having to spend a lot of money. Children have a blast when there are activities and games that they can play and participate in with other kids. It is wise to plan out these games and activities in advance to avoid wasting time and a lull in the party. It is easier to change events around than it is to come up with a game or activity last minute.
5. Hand make or minimize decorations. Making decorations instead of purchasing them can save money if you have the time. In fact, it could also be a great craft project for kids during the party. Simple craft decoration instructions can be given to kids to follow. This way you have more hands on the project without spending a lot of money.
6. Borrow supplies instead of buying. This is probably one of the more cost effective ways to save a buck. Borrowing tents, tables and chairs can severely reduce party supply costs. Second in line would be to rent them but borrow is best.
7. Utilize the dollar store. The dollar store is a wonderful place for low cost decorations and supplies. Depending on what you need the dollar store may have it for you. This is especially true for kids’ water and outdoor toys. Grab a few of those and there won’t be a problem keeping kids entertained at your party. They are so inexpensive that you can even let them take the toys home as party favors.
8. Plan activities ahead of time. Make time to plan the party activities in advance so that you can consider what supplies you will need. This saves you from frantically running around last minute and throwing something together. When time is at a minimum we tend to throw money at the problem to solve it. Planning early can avoid this.
9. Plan your venue where you can see fireworks instead of buying your own. Fireworks are expensive. Especially around the 4th of July. Vendors know they are one of the few places you can buy them and they can take advantage of that. Also, fireworks can be very dangerous. There is a risk of injury. Thousands of people every year are sent to the hospital from firework-related injuries. Go to where your city is putting on fireworks and enjoy them there. If the venue is too crowded, find a place that is nice a location away from where everyone is gathering. The nice thing about a fireworks display is that they can be seen for many miles around.
10. Have a clear cut time for the start and end of the party. Knowing when the party is going to end will give you an idea as to whether you need more food and drinks or not. This can prevent unnecessary runs to the store for more items if you know that the party will end soon.