School is just about at a close for the summer, and you know what that means: almost 3 months of freedom to indulge in summer shenanigans and fun in the sun! It also means that holidays like Memorial Day and Father’s Day are right around the corner as well, so, if you’re planning a get together with friends/family to celebrate the holidays then you’d better get to it because they’ll both be here before you know it.
One of my favorite ways to celebrate both Memorial Day and Father’s Day is with a backyard BBQ. Nothing announces the arrival of summer like grilling out with your loved ones and in my family, we always celebrate holidays like Memorial Day, Father’s Day, 4th of July, etc. by breaking out the grill and cooking up an assortment of savory meats like ribs, burgers, hot dogs and the like, while enjoying the fresh summer air and sunshine.
With Memorial Day just a day away, I realized I hadn’t hardly done any party planning for the festivities and settled down to start putting together a list for what I’d need/have family and friends bring to our traditional party. Planning was going well until I got a little deeper into the swing of things and realized how expensive it would be to pull it all together, especially when I was getting such a late start on planning!
Thankfully, I just so happen to be the Queen of research and brought up Google to see if I could find any tips on how to save some money on planning our Memorial Day bash. The world wide internet didn’t let me down, I found quite a few handy ideas on how to cut down costs for your next BBQ!
Make it a potluck. You should never be afraid to suggest each guest bring a dish to share with the party crowd. In fact, most people these days will ask if they need to bring anything and your answer should always be YES. Not only does it help them feel like they’re contributing to the event but it also helps you save some money on food/supplies in the long run.
- Buy less expensive meat cuts – For example, chicken legs or chicken thighs are much cheaper than chicken breasts and are more juicy than traditional chicken breast which tends to dry out if not prepared properly. You can also choose fish over shrimp and cheaper beef options that’ll taste fantastic when paired with a marinade.
- BYOB – This is super important because providing alcohol for your party is an even bigger expense than supplying good meat options. You’ll quickly go broke if you try to supply a large group with alcoholic beverages. Don’t feel bad for making it a BYOB bash, most people will enjoy this option anyways because it allows them to ensure that they get to drink what they prefer.
- Center your meal options around vegetables – In terms of cost, veggies are drastically less expensive than meats. Rather than build a party around carnivores, make marinated and grilled vegetables the center of attention and add meat as a secondary aspect of the meal. You can even throw in a veggie tray for those who enjoy munching on raw veggies or dipping them in sauces.
- Utilize coupons and watch weekly sales – If you’ve been planning your BBQ for awhile, then you’ve most likely been watching the sales. This is a great way to find some awesome deals on party supplies that you might not otherwise buy because of high prices. Coupons are also a great way to save money on new things you’ve been wanting to try or old favorites.
Out of the tips I came across during my research, these were my favorites and solutions for a few things I always seem to stress over the most when I plan a big gathering for the holidays. I hope you guys can use a few of these tips to help if you have a few last minute problems you were in need of solutions for!