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How to Host a 4th of July Party (On the Cheap)

Parties are so expensive! You can easily spend $2-300 without realizing it. The 4th of July is no exception. Independence day is all about food, and food is expensive!

Fourth of July Fun Fact: Independence day wasn’t made official until 1870!

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The following are my favorite tips to have a super stingy 4th of July party.

Make it a Bring Your Own party!

Make everyone bring their own stuff. My family does this often.

Make guests bring their own meat, their own alcohol, and a dish to pass. Meat is expensive and you don’t want to provide for everyone. I would recommend picking up a package or two of hot dogs, for the forgetful people. You can usually get them for a buck or so at Aldi.

Learn how to Have a 4th of July Party (on the Cheap) with Stingy, Thrifty, Broke.

Make your guests bring their own alcohol! It’s even more expensive than meat. Buy what you want to drink and no more.

The last thing to make your guest bring: a dish to pass. Theses should be things like side dishes, fruit/veggie trays, desserts. If you have a bad memory, and can’t remember what you assign, write it down!

I’ve read a couple of ways to assign dishes. One way is to write down everyone coming, and assign each person a number. If a number is between, say, 1-5, they bring a side dish. 6-10, a dessert. You get the idea.

Whatever you do, don’t just let bring people bring whatever! You will end up with 80 desserts and no veggies. Or vise versa.

What You Need to Buy

As the host, you do need to buy a couple of things. The first is basic drinks. While I don’t recommend buying alchohal, obviously, you should still provide drinks. Buy pop, tea, coffee, punch. The basic party drinks. I suggest keeping an eye on the sales before the party. You can usually get brand name pop for about $1. 

The second is disposables. Unless you want to clean a thousand dishes, buy disposables. You can’t expect people to eat with their hands either. Most stores will have sales on these items. You need plates, silverware, cups, napkins, ect.

If you want to be really cheap, get some of your items from fast food resturants. Bear with me here. Resutrants like Wendys will have silverware and napkins out in bountiful numbers Don’t take all of them, that’s douchy. Also, make sure to order at least something so you don’t look like a crazy person taking all their stuff. Although most workers won’t care. You can also pick up ketchup, mustard, salt and pepper. Then you only need to buy plates and cups.

Things You Think You Need to Buy, But You Don’t.

Decorations. Yes, they look pretty. But no one cares! If you really want to decorate, DIY items you can keep and reuse year after year. Bonus points if you can use it for Memorial Day, too. 

Tables/chairs. Unless you really want to make the investment, don’t buy them. I promise you, one of your friends or family already have. Ask them nicely to share.

Invites. Facebook works great! Or a phone call. Or a text. It’s not a wedding, you don’t need formal invitations.

Final Thoughts

Fourth of July parties can be fun, and they don’t have to be expensive. Call up your friends, call up your family, and celebrate America the way it should be celebrated. With food!

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