Celebrating a graduation often means throwing a party or having a family get together. Luckily, you don’t need to spend a ton to give your grad a party to remember.
How to throw a thrifty grad party
1. Invite online
Send your invites via Facebook by creating an event or use an online invitation service like Evite.com or PaperlessPost.com. This saves money on paper invitations — and your guests receive them right away!
2. Throw the party at home
Don’t rent out a venue. Throw the party at your house to keep the party personal and your spending down.
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3. Make the food yourself
4. Make it a potluck
If you aren’t so keen on preparing food for a large party, invite your guests to participate potluck style. If you’re using a Facebook event page, ask guests to post what they are bringing. If not, you can create a sign-up list with a website like SignupGenius.
5. Buy dollar store soda
You can get a 3-liter bottle for a dollar and your guests won’t know the difference.
6. Create a signature beverage
Making a punch is a great way to cut cost. It keeps you from having to buy too many different beverage options. Most non-alcoholic punches can be easily doctored with alcohol for your over-21 crowd, too. Just be sure to label which is which if you make them both in advance!
7. Improvise on decorations
You don’t need a million miniature graduation hats scattered around the room for your guests to know the party theme. Instead, grab a few balloons and a poster board from the dollar store. Guests can write messages to the graduate and it becomes a keepsake for this monumental event in their life.
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