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Elliot asked in Food & DrinkEntertaining · 2 months ago

How to keep costs down for a party?

I’m trying to throw an awesome surprise party for my parents 25th anniversary. I’m only 19 and in college so money is super duper tight. We’re using my grandparents house as a venue and I’m doing food myself (taco bar!) and I was going to get a helium tank and my own balloons. Any other ways to keep costs down but still have an awesome party! 

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  • james
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Buy a live pig or goat & self butcher it. Or catch a large fish or buy one. 2 to 4 rice dish's. Buy vegetables to steam at the market & a good home made honey dip of wild honey. 

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  • Mr. P
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    No to helium just blow up regular balloons.

    Try getting guests to BYO drinks, but say food and some drinks will be provided.

    Cheap eats include frozen pizza that you can add extra toppings and cheese very cheaply, and is a hot filler.

    Food that can be prepared ahead of time is useful - cocktail sausages, cheese cubes, salad bowl, mini ham sandwiches, indian snacks work well too.

    Nobody will be there to eat a feast so is just a fun time to talk with nibbles if people get hungry.

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  • patty
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    go and rob a bottle shop, go to bakeries at night  and get the day old cakes etc from the bin.

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  • 2 months ago

    Skip the balloons 

    Just decorate one table nice

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  • denise
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Ask the guests to 'bring a plate' like a 'pot luck' event, then you only need to supply the 'basics' at the venue.

  • Tulip
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Taco bar? Yuck! Helium balloons?? No, very juvenile and the helium stores are rapidly being depleted by moronic balloons. Just NO on that

  • 2 months ago

    Skip the helium tank. Get a few balloon centerpieces and some big numbers for the anniversary year. I love the idea of a taco bar, how about some margaritas to go with?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    It's bending etiquette, but many families will make parties like this a group effort especially when a 19 year old college student is bearing the brunt of it.  

    Do you have siblings or aunts/uncles who might be willing to help?   I wouldn't ask anyone for money or help directly, but you can spread the word that if anyone would like to bring paper plates/napkins/cups or pick up some beverages or bring the guacamole, that would be great!

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