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Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, graduation or another special occasion, there’s no better way to celebrate than with a party. Even if you have a limited budget, you can throw an outstanding party for friends and family without them knowing that you spent little to nothing at all on the food and decorations.

Ask your guests to bring a dish or a beverage to the event, especially if it’s an anniversary or reunion party. This can hep alleviate some of the costs that are associated with buying enough food for everyone in attendance, and it can save time you would spend preparing the food so that you can enjoy the party as well.

If you do have to supply all of the food and beverages, buy in bulk. Clip coupons to save as much money as possible, only using them when an item is on sale. Make sure you have a rough estimate of how many people will be at the party before shopping. Some of the warehouse grocery stores have large boxes and bags of food that are at a lower price than other stores, so this would be the best option if there will be several people. Another way to save money is to have the party earlier in the day or in the afternoon. You won’t have to provide as much food, and items for a brunch or lunch are often less expensive than those that are used for dinner.

Make your own decorations when you can. Instead of getting flowers from a florist, pick a few from the garden to put in vases as centerpieces on the tables. Find supplies at craft stores that are on clearance to use as table runners or to make decorations for the tables instead of buying items that are already made. You can also look at secondhand stores for dishes and decorative supplies.

Instead of mailing invitations, email them or make a party page on social media sites. This also gives you more control over the number of people who are invited. If you want music at the event, consider some of the apps that act like a DJ. You can easily change the type of music that is played and make the music as loud as you want with a few speakers. Use plastic eating utensils and paper plates. These are less expensive, and they can be thrown away, making cleaning up an easy process.