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A Budget-Friendly Early Summer Celebration: Tips for a Great Memorial Day Party

Mary Ellen Vanaken

Mary Ellen was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After graduating from college, she worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan in New York City...

Mary Ellen was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After graduating from college, she worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan in New York City...

May 22 7 minutes read

A Budget-Friendly Early Summer Celebration: Tips for a Great Memorial Day Party

Long holiday weekends are perfect for having fun with friends and family, and Memorial Day Weekend is one of the best times to celebrate because it’s the unofficial kickoff to the summer. Winter’s a distant memory, and everyone eagerly anticipates vacations and more time spent outdoors playing golf or hitting the beach. A party is an awesome way to start the summer fun, and It’s even better when you can party without having to dip too deeply into that vacation budget. Here are a few budget-friendly party tips.

Bolster Your WiFi

Presumably, smartphones won’t dominate at your party, but handheld devices will probably be in evidence. The kids (and probably some adults) will want to play games and exchange texts, so look into a WiFi signal booster. A booster extends the range of your router’s signal, which reduces the likelihood of a service blip. And you don’t want your party mix to conk out just when the party’s hitting high gear. Always read product reviews and recommendations before buying so you’re getting the best extender for your money.

DIY Decorating

Why blow money on overpriced holiday decorations when you can have fun making your own and saving money for food and drinks? If you’re looking for material and inexpensive decorative objects, check out online coupons before running to your local craft or retail store. Joann Fabric, for example, frequently offers savings online, and you can often find great promo codes online. Combine string lights and streamers out on the patio for a festive and aesthetically pleasing look, toss in a few balloons and pinatas and you’ve got instant party atmosphere. 

Hot Dog Bar

Nothing says summer quite like hot dogs sizzling on the grill. In addition to your drinks bar, why not set up a hot dog bar with plenty of toppings so guests can customize their dogs? You can provide an extensive menu of toppings, including things like jalapenos, teriyaki mushrooms and broccoli sprigs without spending a lot of money (hot dogs are one of the most economical of summertime foods). Just be sure you’ve also laid out plenty of the classics, including hot dogs, mustard (brown and yellow), onion, and relish..

Bring It and Grill It

There are plenty of fun party hacks that will help save you money. Encourage guests to bring something they want to grill and offer to grill it for them. That way, you save a bundle on food and your guests all get what they want without having to prepare it themselves. Offer a door prize for the most original grilling item and see how creative everyone can be. It’s also a good way to avoid stressing over your menu selections.

Find a Pool

If you have a backyard pool, you’re all set: a pool party just waiting to happen. If not, don’t despair. See if someone in your group or in the neighborhood would be interested in hosting a party if you take care of all the details? You’ll save money on decorating your home, not to mention the cost and time of cleaning up. And since the pool is the star attraction, no one has to get crazy about cleaning the house.

Portable Bar

One sure way to put a smile on everyone’s face is to bring the drinks to them with a portable bar. If you happen to have a golf cart, you’re gold. Otherwise, jury rig a wheelbarrow, small table with wheels, or a kid’s wagon and mobilize your drink selection. You’ll save a little money because you selected the drinks and how much of each you offer. Or, you could make it a BYOB party, which will certainly save money.

You can throw a memorable party without spending heavily on food, drinks, or decorations. In fact, part of the fun is coming up with economical ideas that will appeal to everyone. Whatever you choose to serve, try to incorporate a pool so there’s some ready-made fun for everyone.


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