Valentines Day is around the corner! All you party planners out there better start planning! I already had my Valentines Day party and I wanted to share with you how I did a party for 12 people for UNDER $17!
If you are on a budget like we are, you have to account for everything you spend- even parties! I LOVE planning parties! I love having people over! I love decorating. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE theme parties! However, this all costs money! So for awhile I stopped having people over. We decided to get on a budget and parties just weren’t in the budget. But this was sad for me and for my social life, so I decided to make it work. I had to buckle down, find some deals, and have a party…..for not a lot of money.
So, I brought out my party planning printable, which you can get for free by clicking here, and started planning everything I was serving, which decorations I wanted, drinks, etc. and then made a grocery list of items I needed.
Here is a breakdown of what I had to buy and where I went to buy it at the lowest cost:
Paper Plates – $1
Cups – $2 for 2 packages
Plastic Silverware – $1
Decorations – $2 (Yes! Two dollars! Check out this decoration here)
I made these yummy cucumber sandwiches (you can get the recipe by clicking here) and needed…
Cucumber- 75 cents
Bread- $1.50 (sometimes you have to get the cheapest kind of bread)
Cream Cheese – $1.50
I made Heart-Shaped Rice Krispie Treats and needed….
Rice Krispies – $2.50
Marshmallows – $1
I made Heart-Shaped Jello Jigglers and needed….
4 boxes of jello – $2.00
Potato Chips- $1.50 (cheap brand)
Note that some of the ingredients for these recipes I already had, like mayonnaise, butter, etc. I strategically did that so I could keep my budget down. I also snag deals on 2-liter sodas when they are on sale and then keep them for occasions like this. So I didn’t have to spend any money on drinks.
And there you have it! That is how I did a Valentines Day party for 12 people for under $18. It can be done, friends. The key is staying organized and sticking to your plan. Don’t make last minute shopping runs- get everything at one time! The more you shop, the bigger chance you have on spending money on “impulse buying.” Also sometimes to get the best deal you have to go to two different stores! This takes time, but being on a budget takes time and sacrifice. It’s worth it in the end- I promise!
Happy party planning!
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