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How to Throw an Epic Party for Under $50 – Let the Good Times Roll!

Updated: Nov 17, 2023


Hey party people! Are you ready to throw an unforgettable bash without breaking the bank? Well, you’re in luck because I’m about to spill the beans on hosting an epic party for under $50. Yes, you read that right! So, buckle up, get your party hats on, and let's dive into this wallet-friendly fiesta extravaganza.


Balloons

DIY Decor – Unleash Your Inner Artist


First things first, let's set the scene. Decorations don't have to cost a fortune. Here's where your creativity kicks in:

  • Theme It Up: Choose a fun theme! How about a ‘Retro Game Night’ or ‘Hawaiian Luau’? Themes set the tone and make everything more fun.

  • DIY Decor: Use what you've got! String up some fairy lights, make paper garlands, or create your own photo booth corner with a bed sheet backdrop and homemade props.

  • Repurpose and Upcycle: Empty jars can become lanterns with a tea light inside. Old magazines? Cut them into streamers or fun shapes to match your theme.

  • Balloon Bonanza: Balloons are cheap and cheerful. Create a balloon arch or scatter them around. Mix and match colors to fit your theme.

  • Thrift Store Finds: Scour thrift stores for unique, inexpensive items that can add character to your party setting.

  • Plastic Tablecloths and Wrapping Paper are AMAZING to decorate with and cheap!



Chili

Potluck Party – Everyone Contributes


Food can be a big expense, but not if you make it a group effort!

  • Potluck Style: Ask each guest to bring a dish. This way, you'll have a variety of foods without the hefty price tag.

  • Simple Snacks: Pop some popcorn, cut up some veggies, or make a big batch of nachos. Simple, affordable, and always a hit.

  • Themed Dishes: Align the potluck with your theme. For a ‘Mexican Fiesta’ night, guests can bring tacos, guacamole, or churros.

  • Recipe Swap: Encourage guests to bring a recipe card for their dish. It’s a great way to share and try new recipes.

  • Signature Dish Competition: Add a fun twist by having guests vote on their favorite dish. The winner gets a small, fun prize.

  • Chili Cook Off: Having an party like this provides you a ton of food and fun!


BYOB – Keep the Spirits High and the Costs Low

Drinks can add up quickly, so here's a smart workaround:

  • BYOB: Encourage your guests to bring their favorite drink. This not only saves you money but also ensures everyone has something they like.

  • Homemade Punch: Whip up a large batch of a non-alcoholic punch. It’s refreshing and goes a long way.

  • Signature Mocktail: Create a signature non-alcoholic drink for the night. It’s special and affordable.

  • Drink Exchange: Similar to a potluck, but with drinks. Guests bring and share their favorite beverages, from craft beers to unique sodas.


Free Entertainment – The Heart of the Party

This is where we really save and shine:

  • Free Trivia Games: Head over to Game Nights Galore for an array of free trivia games. Whether you're into movies, history, or random facts, there's something for everyone.

  • Scavenger Hunts: Also available on our website, these free scavenger hunts are a blast and a great way to get everyone mingling.

  • DIY Games: Classics like charades or Pictionary only need paper and pens. You could also create a custom quiz about the guests for a personal touch. Have guests bring their favorite game.

  • At-Home Escape Room: Use online resources to set up a DIY escape room challenge. It’s thrilling and requires just a bit of prep.

  • Karaoke Battle: Just need a phone and a speaker. Who doesn’t love a good sing-off?


Karaoke


Playlist Perfection – Set the Mood with Music

No party is complete without music:

  • Curate a Playlist: Use streaming services to create a themed playlist that matches your party's vibe. Ask guests for song requests before the party to make it interactive.

  • Theme Tunes: If your party has a theme, match the music to it. A ‘70s disco night calls for some groovy tunes.

  • Guest DJ Hour: Let guests take turns playing DJ. It’s interactive and adds variety to the music mix.


Photo Booth

Memorable Moments – Capture the Fun


Don't forget to capture the memories:

  • DIY Photo Booth: Remember the bed sheet backdrop? Add some props, and you’ve got yourself a photo booth. Encourage guests to snap and share pics.

  • Shared Album: Create an online album where everyone can upload their photos after the party.

  • Themed Photo Props: If it’s a ‘Pirate Party’, think eye patches and hats. For ‘Hollywood Glam’, go for boas and sunglasses.

  • Video Diary: Set up a corner where guests can record a quick video message. It’s a modern twist on the guestbook.


Eco-Friendly Party Favors – A Little Something to Remember

Send your guests home with a smile:

  • Homemade Goodies: Bake some cookies or make small crafts. It’s the thought that counts.

  • Personalized Notes: A simple thank-you note can be a touching memento.

  • Seed Packets: A lovely, eco-friendly gift. Guests can plant them and remember the fun times.

  • DIY Crafts: Simple origami, custom bookmarks, or homemade bath salts. They’re personal and heartfelt.


So there you have it, folks! Throwing an epic party for under $50 is totally doable with a bit of creativity and planning. Don’t forget to hop over to Game Nights Galore for more amazing tips, themes, and free games to make your party the talk of the town.


Get ready to host a bash that’ll be legendary without emptying your wallet. Let’s get the party started!

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