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How to throw a great fall bash on a budget

September 24, 2014

If you're planning to host some family or friend festivities this autumn, you might be concerned about the cost. Parties, whether they're simple get-togethers or football-viewing extravaganzas, get expensive really fast. To throw the best possible bash without breaking the bank, use these easy tips. They'll help you entertain your guests while staying under budget.

Set a firm budget
It may seem obvious, but you need to set a budget and stick to it! Be as specific as possible. Don't just try to spend around $100 - allocate $50 for food, $40 for alcohol and $10 for decorations. U.S. News & World Report explained that when you have a firm budget, you'll make trade-offs and avoid buying unnecessary foods or drinks.

Get an accurate head count
Before you set foot near a grocery store, get an accurate guest count. You can do this with an electronic invitation or Facebook event. Send the invitation out early and then send subsequent reminders indicating when you need a response by. Getting an accurate head count will allow you to buy only the food you need. That means no leftovers and no wasted money!

Buy side dishes on sale
If your food budget is higher than you'd like, make smart shopping decisions to spend less. U.S. News & World Report recommended avoiding dishes that require a lot of ingredients and instead focus on buying a variety of side dishes that are on sale. Instead of offering each guest two hamburgers, offer them one and some pasta salad, rice or corn-on-the-cob. Meat will be the most expensive item, so buy only what's absolutely necessary.

Make your own decorations
Instead of spending money on festive decorations, head to Pinterest for all the do-it-yourself crafts you could ever need. Catch My Party suggested reusing household items like soup cans in your crafts. You can create a beautiful centerpiece with a decorated tin can, live foliage and some ribbon. If you have kids, work together to make leaf-covered votive jars or festive garlands.

Let guests bring something
When your family and friends ask what they can bring to the party, have a list ready. Letting your guests bring soda, desserts or disposable plates is a great way to save a few dollars. They won't mind spending a few bucks to help out, so don't think you have to do it all!

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