If you are planning a Memorial Day BBQ this year, I have some really great tips for you to save money and have a very festive, fun day. It’s always great to go cheap without being cheap. When it comes to party planning, my rule of thumb is to go to the Dollar Tree first, and anywhere else as a last resort. It is amazing what you can find at DT!
The Dollar Tree is cheap and has really cute decorations for Memorial Day. From table centerpieces, to lanterns, napkins, plates, bows, door hangers and flags. If your theme is red, white and blue you will be saving some serious green by shopping here over Walmart or Target. Using their simple red or white table clothes, and adding a $1 centerpiece and maybe some flag plates and napkins, you will have a very festive table setting for literally a few dollars.
I can’t imagine a Memorial Day BBQ without hamburgers and hotdogs. If you have a Costco or BJ’s near you, you can take advantage of their day passes and stock up on the meats, rolls and chips for your BBQ. I have found that their produce is really much cheaper as well. At the grocery store they typically have deals for 2 strawberries for $5, but at BJ’s I can get a huge container for $5, and blueberries are half the price. For dessert a fun and festive dessert is a strawberry and blueberry pie in strawberry jello. The recipe can be found on Kraftrecipes.com. Really yummy, and goes great with the red, white and blue theme.
Besides dogs, burgers and pie, you can do a fruit or veggie tray, some mac n cheese, and a must have is a huge watermelon sliced with the rind on (because that is how kids ALWAYS want their watermelon).
If you are in need of a tent or 2 to keep your guests out of the hot summer sun, Aldi is offering really great deals on pop up gazebo tents. Only $59.99 each. As well as food covers for $4.99 to keep the bugs away. They also have cheap pool and yard games and some of the best potato chips on the market (gluten free and super yummy.).
When it comes to planning your BBQ, have fun, think cheap, and get what you want. Dollar Tree and Aldi are really must hit stores to keep you on track and under budget.