Everybody loves a good party, but not all of us can afford to throw one. With so many things to consider, including copious amounts of food and drink, planning a party can be a tiresome and expensive ordeal. However, there are ways that you can make it work, ways that you can throw a great party without the fuss and without spending a small fortune.
Make Your Own
You would be amazed how easy it is to make beer and wine. You can buy kits that will let you make it for as little as a few dollars a gallon, and if you get the ingredients yourself and use a simple bucket as a fermenter, then you can make enough beer to satisfy several dozen guests for just $10 or $20. It doesn’t take that long either, with most beer ready to go in just a few weeks. Wine is even quicker and easier to make, and you can use any old fruit juice to make a good wine. If you’re going to be experimental, just be sure to brew small batches first so you have a good idea of how it tastes. We have had the pleasure of sampling a very tasty wine that was brewed using a few flavored tea bags. A simple but very effective batch that cost the brewer about $4 for 4 gallons of wine.
You shouldn’t feel too weird asking people to bring their own booze. It’s the done thing in most countries and when it comes to a party, a simple bottle of wine or six-pack of beer from each guest can go a long way. You don’t have to tell them to bring their own drink for the entirety of the night, but be sure to ask them to bring something. It all adds up and if all guests bring a little something to the table, then you’ll only need to put out a small amount of beer you bought yourself.
Drinks on Wheels
Forget about stacking drinks on counters and wherever you can find space. They’ll be room temperature by the end of the night, you’ll have no room for anything else, and some of them will probably get knocked over. Simply grab a wheelbarrow, fill it full of ice and throw your beers in there. It’ll hold dozens of bottles and will keep them cold and in an easily transportable carrier all night. You can also use an inflatable pool if you’re having an outdoor party, or just a few buckets if not.
Forget about expensive foods that take hours to prepare. Throw some burgers on the grill or pre-cook them in the oven and stack them up on a tray. Put out some buns, take some sauce bottles out of the fridge, and lay out some trays of tomatoes and cheese slices. Your guests can make their own burgers and fill themselves up on inexpensive food.
Don’t Host Alone
Often the best way to save money is to get someone else in on the party. Ask a friend or a family member to help out. You can throw the party together and split the costs and the workload. If you have a roommate, they’ll be the perfect person to help you out, if not, then think about hosting the party at a neutral location and get a few of your friends involved. You’ll be able to host something bigger and better, whilst spending much less.
Corn in a Cooler
A great way to add some sides to your menu is to grab a cooler, make sure it is empty, fill it with corn cobs, and then pour some boiling water inside. The corn cobs will cook in seconds and will be perfectly crispy.
After a few drinks, your guests won’t know if they are drinking toilet water or fine wine, and many of them won’t be able to tell the difference even at the beginning of the night. If you have some cheap beer, then bring it out after the good stuff has gone. You can even empty it into a container or a keg, with guests using plastic cups to fill-up. They’ll never know the difference.