Throwing a bash for your graduate can be a fun, exciting and memorable time for both you and your child—but it can also take a big bite out of your wallet. There’s no need to skimp, though. You can create a festive time of celebration worthy of your esteemed graduate and still save a few bucks along the way if you’re smart about it.
Here are five ways to save.
Food: Are you serving lunch or dinner? Meats and barbecue items go on sale around Memorial Day, so stock up when you see great deals, even if it means freezing food till June. Look for crockpot-friendly foods—great for feeding large groups. Or put Dad and his buddies on grill duty for hot dogs and burgers while you take care of the sides – save $1.00 now on sweet potato fries!
Beverages: To make things simple for your guests who are coming and going, have soda, juices (save $2.50 on Welch’s) and bottled water on ice (try using kiddie pool as a giant-sized cooler). However, since that can get expensive, limit the amount of convenience beverages you purchase and also brew some sun tea, make lemonade and serve ice water in pitchers.
Cake: To save on dessert, buy a small decorative cake that you can use as a table centerpiece, then place a few serving platters of cupcakes and cookies (save $1.50 now) around the room—easier for both you and your guests (no cutting and serving) and less expensive than purchasing large decorated sheet cakes.
Decorations: Instead of spending money on streamers, balloons and other party store swag, frame the art projects and school pictures you’ve saved over the years and hang or set them around the room. Find inexpensive frames at the dollar store.
Tableware: Skip the grad-themed tableware and buy plain plates, napkins, cups, etc. in school colors instead. It’s typically cheaper, plus it’ll be more colorful. Cover tables in white butcher paper and leave markers out so that guests can write a “congrats” message to your new grad.
Looking for inspiration? Check out our Pinterest board of Graduation Party Ideas.