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Delicious Deals For Your Next Shindig

Delicious Deals For Your Next Shindig

If you have a celebration coming up, it may be more cost-effective to have your party at home or a local park. A restaurant bill can not only add up quickly, but become confusing when it’s time to split the tab. You can make it easier by planning your own party and letting guests be comfortable walking around and talking amongst themselves. There are all sorts of deals available to help you along the way. Here are five delicious deals for your next shindig.

Make the Party a BYOB

It shouldn’t be shocking to discover that one of the highest percentages of your party budget would go toward liquor at your party. So it goes without saying that to help save money, but still have fun, make your party a BYOB.

Now just because you turn your party into one doesn’t mean you can’t serve up any liquor. This helps the attendees know they can have some of their favorite alcoholic beverages in case the more economical kind you serve is not to their liking. With that said, any leftover beverages brought should be left behind for the host, so you can stock your home bar back up again.

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In the event you do still provide alcoholic beverages, serve signature drinks. This is simply a handful of drinks you will prepare. Be sure to have just those liquors available to prepare your signature drinks. For instance, you can serve just gin and tonic. You can find other inexpensive signature drinks on The Knot.

Prepare a Main Dish, but “Outsource” Sides

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Many people feel that they can prepare food items for their guests to save money. However, it really depends on when you will host your shindig. For instance, if you are hosting a brunch or lunch, you may want to have an omelet or pizza bar. You can serve finger foods and appetizers. The later in the evening you have your event, the more you may want to prepare for a sit down dinner. Guests are willing to stick around longer, so you’ll need to feed them.

You could host a barbecue and have the meat on the grill. If so, get your side dishes from a caterer. Instead of running around store to store trying to find deals, it’s worth it to get all your goods from one location. This will save you time and travel expenses. Try out catering. They’ll handle the ingredients, the serving dishes, ensure everything is ready on time, as well as prepare the ample amount of food once you hand them the guest count. Be sure to look out for restaurant coupons from Valpak to ensure you’re getting the best deal.

If you are going to have a long event, make sure you grab a few filling items such as chips, popcorn, and dips. You’ll find your local grocer has all sorts of deals, and your local bakery will have a sheet cake much cheaper than individual cupcakes and pastries.

Design Your Dinner Menu Based on Deals

Figure out your budget before preparing a menu. It’s imperative to ensure you have enough money for the meal you’ve selected. Once you have your budget, check out deals in your local paper or for big box stores such as Sam’s Club and Costco. Let the sales inspire your serving selections.

An overlooked place to grab food deals is Amazon.com. They have plenty of bulk items you’ll need for your party such as chips, condiments, paper products, serving items, and party favors.

Finger Foods Will Keep the Party Alive

If you prefer an exciting party, be sure to serve up appetizers and finger food items. These are convenient foods your guests can snack on while walking around and mingling. Convenient foods are veggie platters, fruit salads, and crackers with cheese. You’re not subject to serving just cold foods either. Mini burgers, steak skewers, or fried mozzarella balls are perfect examples. If you’re in need of other hot menu items, check out Martha Stewart’s Hot Appetizer list.

The above five delicious deals for your next shindig will save you time and money. With a bit of careful planning, you could host the party of the year at home.

About Jess

Jess hails from Sunny Australia and is the youngest of the frugal ladies. She loves shopping for a bargain, reading, watching movies and spends most of her life on the beach

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  • Robin Rue

    It’s not a party without finger foods. No, seriously! These are great tips!

  • Debbie Lamb

    I don’t think people realize how cost effective catering can be. On numerous occasions catering was less expensive than making the food ourselves. Good Tips!

  • Terry My Journey With Candida

    I like to have my drinks already mixed and ready to go. Not sure if you would call them signature drinks… but having them already mixed gives me more time to mingle.

  • Debbie Denny

    Very good ideas,. Love sharing the sidedishes idea,

  • Shauna

    I love all these wonderful ideas. I will keep it in mind when I have people over. I’m a finger food fan already.

  • I have always gotten a kick out of the idea of creating signature drinks for an event. A friend of mine has done this at parties and it always adds something extra special and fun.

  • I absolutely plan my menus around what’s on sale! Great tips. I agree that Amazon can be a great place to buy in bulk!

  • Jeanine

    So fun, I’m hoping to have more parties and get togethers in the new year. I don’t really ever have any. Maybe 2 since moving into this house 3 years ago., these are great ideas!

  • Catherine S

    These are all great suggestions. I like the idea of a signature drink. I will have to do that for my next party.

  • fancygrlnancy

    These are some great ideas. I agree with the finger foods, they are great to have at a party/get together.

  • Pam W

    I like the idea of making a main dish and outsourcing the sides. My MIL is doing that for Christmas this year.

  • Tracy Iglesias

    Everyone loves my seafood stuffed mushrooms! It’s my favorite ‘finger food’ to serve at parties! Great tips, thanks for sharing!

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  • Hezzi-D

    I totally agree with a signature drinkl We had a holiday party last weekend and I made a huge thing of cranberry ginger margartias that were a huge hit! I also like the idea of outsourcing the sides.

  • touristmeetstraveler

    These are awesome ideas, a signature drink is always very smart; I’ll have to figure out a new recipe!

  • Virginia @thatbaldchick

    I love having others bring the sides. It’s always so interesting to see what people bring!

  • Esther Wilson

    A lot of great ideas. I agree to outsource the side dishes. That helps out a lot! I have hosted parties at places and at home. I prefer places but that does get super expensive and you can still have a lot of fun at home.

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    I’m with you about having others bring dishes. I like the idea of bringing in the sides!

  • A Mom’s Take

    I love the idea of a signature drink. We had one for a party I held last year. The drink was a huge hit.

  • mail4rosey

    It’s fun when others bring dishes because you inevitably get to try something new! These are all good ideas.

  • mail4rosey

    Those artichoke turnovers (the first on the hot appetizer list) sound so good to me. I’d love to give those a try.

  • ParentingHealthy

    I have never thought to create a signature drink-what fun!

  • Alesha @ Full Time Mama

    Great ideas! I tend to plan the menu based on deals and sales. Love to be frugal when I can! 🙂

  • I think a signature drink is a great idea. It makes it cute and festive for any event!

  • Kathleen Bunn

    Serving signature drinks is a great way to go, then you only have to stock certain types of alcohol and mixers. Great ideas for saving!

  • Signature drinks are my FAVORITE! I love making colorful drinks to match the decor.

  • Hi frugal ladies, how can I create a blog of myself and there are so many visitors and comments, like here.

  • Rebecca Swenor

    I would have to agree it it easier and cheaper to have a party with BYOB. I love the fruit platter it looks amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  • Hey, This is something that makes me interesting. I love the way you have mentioned all the deals.
    Thanks for sharing