Think throwing a summer party means spending a fortune? These six tips to throwing a big bash on a budget will save you time, money, and sanity. 

1. Pick a theme

Before you spend a single penny on party supplies, WAIT! Make sure you have picked a central theme for the party to set the tone for your big affair. To help you stay on track, we recommend creating a mood board for Inspiration. Inspiration boards keep you focused, on budget, and help you fulfill the perfect vision. Don’t know where to start? Pinterest is a great place to create your very own inspo boards by pinning photos that fit the vibe. 

Here are a few themed Pinterest boards that you can use as a starting point.

2. Get crafty with DIY decorations 

With inspiration teeming from YouTube, Pinterest, and Flipp blogs, it’s your chance to join the DIY revolution! By getting crafty and making your own decorations, you’ll not only save a few bucks but also add a ton of character to your event. It’s easy, we promise. You can create an Instagram-worthy photo booth, on-theme table decor, and statement-making DIY props. The best part? Instead of stressing over your lack of swanky china, you can mix and match designs of bowls, plates, and cups or even opt for disposable dinnerware to save time on cleanup. 

3. Be wise, food-wise 

Filet Mignon? PLEASE. Offer a variety of appetizer-sized treats instead of offering full entrees on your menu – this will let you save major dough.  Don’t forget to check out the Flipp app to find all your ingredients and make your own sizzling selection of side dishes. For inspiration on lovely sides that you can serve, be sure to check out our post, 5 Fresh and Affordable Side Dishes for Your Next BBQ. If you are really strapped for cash, then try presenting the party as a “potluck.” By asking each invitee to bring something, you can keep your expenses low for the seasonal soiree while ensuring that guests are well-fed and happy. 

4. Create one signature drink

Alcohol can be one of the biggest budget-busters. Instead of buying bottles of different types of alcohol, pick a signature drink for the party. For example, a party punch that can be made in big batches and enjoyed by all. Another tip is to substitute some drinks for cheaper non-alcoholic drinks, which are essential for those designated drivers. Lastly, you can even respectfully ask people to BYOB to the party. 

5. Crowdsource music and games

Music is a low-cost way to set the vibe and entertain. With modern-day music apps such as YouTube and Spotify widely available, you can create playlists ahead of the party to last you the entire time — for free! There’s no need to overthink which songs to include, as many guests will likely make music recommendations throughout the day. If you’re worried about ads ruining the mood, ask around to see who has a premium, ad-free account that can be used for the party. #sharingiscaring. Lastly, wrap up the day by cozying up the party with some all-time favorite board games or party games. Again, you can ask around to see which guests are willing to bring games of their own to help you save big.

6. Don’t get caught up in the details

Hosting a party is a BIG undertaking, it might be easy to get caught up in the details and lose sight of what guests are even going to notice. Will they care that you didn’t put up a perfect charcuterie board with fancy cheeses? If there are drinks and plenty of snacks around, the answer is very likely a no.

Make your next summer party the “Best Party EVER!” with these simple but brilliant tips. Don’t forget to check out the Flipp app to find the most affordable party essentials at your local stores.

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