Hello Being Frugal readers! My name is Jenni and I blog over at A Well Crafted Party. I like to talk about anything and everything that makes life a party and the many ways to celebrate it. I'm not one of those party people with the gigantic budget though.
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Three Frugal Party Tips— Event Planning on a Minuscule Budget
There are a thousand reasons to party, and a very important few (as in the amount of extra money in my bank account) to not party. I try not to let my bank account discourage me from throwing a fabulous event though. I've got a list of three things that will save you money and allow you to throw a fun party without going into debt.
Putting out desserts that guests brought for our Valentine's Day Potluck. Photo by Motormouth Studios
Frugal Fete Tip #1: The Potluck
Maybe it is my Oklahoma roots coming out here... but, I love a good potluck. For a more sophisticated version of a potluck ask your guests to bring certain types of dishes or give a theme they can play around on. Potlucks are especially handy when throwing parties with people who love to cook and eat! You'll save a little money on the food, but still get to enjoy the best dishes around. You can even potluck ingredients for a meal if you'd like. Potlucks are a fun way to get people involved in the meal. Just remember that you are asking your guests to help throw your party when you throw a potluck.
Etiquette tip: I don't really advise the potluck for parties that people often feel that they need to bring a gift, such as showers, birthdays, or weddings. Asking guests to bring dishes for the meal and a gift is a little much. But, read the crowd, sometimes I can't dissuade my awesome friends from bringing drinks or food to parties! If you do happen to throw a potluck for an event that gifts are traditionally given, don't expect gifts as well as food.
Wine glasses can be used for anything from water, to wine, to signature beverages! Image from my "Real Party: Las Vegas Themed Bridal Shower"