Hi there! I’m Mandy from Miss Mae’s Days where I write about all things related to motherhood, party planning and teaching. I’m excited to be hanging out with you all today on A Butterful Mind!
Just a little bit about myself…I have a deep love for all things party planning and hosting. I like to organize, check items off of “to do” lists and highlight my over-sized party planning wall calendar. That’s right, I’m old school like that. I still use pen to paper and highlighters for my calendar planning.
I’m also a sucker for frugal living and budget-friendly party planning! As a mom to a growing brood of 5 children, frugality is a must in this household. Today, I’m excited to share with you my secrets for hosting an awesome party with these Budget-Friendly Party Food Tips!
Tip #1 – Potluck all the way!
My family has adopted this method of hosting where no matter who is hosting and what the event is, we all pitch in. The key is, as the host, you provide the main dish and the other guests help provide a part of the party meal. For instance, some might help out with a side dish, others choose to help with the dessert, drinks, or even the plasticware and plates. This method of preparing the party menu helps lower the cost tremendously!
Tip #2 – Party Sub
We have served a party sub at nearly all of our kids’ birthday parties, Baptism Receptions, Superbowl Parties and all events in between. The reason we do this is because it can serve a lot of people for less than $30! You have the freedom to choose your meat and cheese types, as well as all the dressings and vegetables. Extra Money Saving Tip: If you don’t mind cutting the sub slices yourself, then ask the deli to NOT pre-cut the sub for you. You can then have control of the size of the slices. This way you can cut smaller slices and make the party sub serve more people. One time I forgot to give notice to the deli ahead of time. Needless to say, my party guests ended up throwing away a lot of sub because the slices were too large.
Tip #3 – Serving Spoons
When setting out the side dishes, use a smaller serving spoon for the pasta salads and dips versus a large ladle. This way your party guests won’t overfill their plate with food they won’t eat. If they later want to come back for seconds, that’s great! But this way they aren’t throwing away food because they served themselves too much food from an over-sized ladle.
Tip #4 – Thrifty Shopping
Goodwill, yard sale and second-hand shopping are a must! I have found themed party supplies in the form of plates and plasticware still in the original packaging at both yard sales and our local Goodwill store. I’ve also purchased plasticware from the dollar store that looks like silverware. It’s actually a really pretty option. Something you might also consider is collecting old vintage glassware items for those times when you host fancier party occasions. I have enjoyed serving delicious tea party foods on vintage 1950’s glassware that was collected from second-hand stores and yard sales. Over a short period of time, we have collected 2 full sets of vintage glass plates, tea cups and glass carafes for serving drinks in. My tea party and baby shower guests have all commented on how beautiful and timeless these pieces are.
Tip #5 – Grocery Discount Days
Contact your local grocer and find out the day of the week that they discount their meats. At my local grocery store the meat department discounts their meats on Wednesday mornings around 8:00 a.m. I have stocked up on many deals on ground beef, steaks and chicken. Here are some of my favorite low-cost party menu items and my favorite dessert recipe as a bonus:
- Ground Beef Tacos, with rice and beans
- Crock Pot Shredded Chicken for a Tostada Bar
- Chicken Salad for Croissant Sandwiches (Recipe)
- Easy Salted Caramel Fudge in just 5 minutes with only 3 Ingredients!
If you’d like more party planning tips, check out the party planning tab on my blog! If you or somebody you know is planning a baby shower, you MUST grab my FREE Baby Shower Planning Printable Resource Pack! You will be able to easily plan a gorgeous baby shower on a budget because of these printables. Grab them here!
It was fun hanging out with you all today! Thanks for having me and if you have any questions or need some party planning advice, feel free to send me a message. I’d love to talk party planning with you!