Graduation: Throwing a Budget Graduation Bash
Graduation is a huge milestone in your child’s life. What better way to commemorate this accomplishment than with a graduation party? Celebrating with your closest friends and family is a great way to show your child how proud you are of them, whether it be for college or high school. Need party ideas that won’t break the bank? Throw a budget party using our tips below!
Chances are, your recent grad has friends or even family members graduating at the same time. Sharing the cost with other parents or family members can literally save you half the costs, if not more. The more friends you can share the graduation celebration with, the cheaper it will be. This party idea will not only save you money but also time. Having others to plan the budget party with will create a less stressful process. Try assigning certain tasks to people like food and decorations to prevent overlap of duties.
Use digital invitations! This will save you cost on the actual invitation, plus cost on stamps. Digital invitations are super affordable, and often times can even be free. Using digital invitations for your budget graduation party will also make the RSVP process easier. Guests can RSVP or decline right from the invitation so their response is immediate. The RSVP lists are organized for you so you will know how many guests to plan for in advance. With email being accessible to people on their phones, it makes more sense than snail mail anyway. For guests who don’t have email or some form of social media, buy a small pack of general invitations. They will still be cheaper than the customized ones.
To host your budget party and save on food, it is best to cook yourself. While it requires more work, you will save money in the long run. (Another reason to share the graduation celebration with others.) If possible, shop at places like Costco and Sam’s Club, where they sell things in bulk at affordable prices. Also, keeping an eye out for sales at your local grocery store can also help. If you know you want brisket at your party, look for butcher sales in the weeks leading up to the party. This can also be useful for beverages. A lot of grocery stores will have sales on cases of soda and water, especially in the spring and summer months when it is common to have BBQ’s and other seasonal parties. Another budget party idea is to have your guests bring a food item. Even if it is just for desserts or appetizers and you still provide the main course. Additionally, pizza is always a low-cost food option that everyone enjoys.
If possible, host your graduation party at home, or a family member’s home. Not only will you save on renting the space, but also on catering. Most places require you to pay for both. If weather permits, you can host guests outside in your backyard. If you want a shaded area, you can set up tables and chairs in your garage. If that is not an option, renting a tent is still more cost-effective than renting out a banquet hall or room in a restaurant. Another party idea is to host at a local park. A lot of parks have free areas for people to use on a first-come-first-serve basis. They often already have covered tables, chairs, and areas for grilling as well.