Are you wanting to throw an epic Backyard BBQ this Spring or Summer? The chance to get together with family and friends, while spending time outside enjoying the beautiful weather is my favorite thing about backyard BBQs, how about you?
If you are on a budget, you may think that will keep you from throwing that epic party. I can tell you right now that a budget will not mean the death of your party! You need to be mindful of your spending and follow some simple tips, but you are going to have a blast and no one will even notice that your party was “budget friendly.”
Boy, do I love a good hamburger! Your guests will too!
How to Throw a Budget Friendly, yet Epic Backyard BBQ
Here are some tips for you to follow to make sure you don’t break the bank, but still have a great time:
Skip the spendy meat.
You don’t need to have top dollar steak for your BBQ. Fire up the grill and make some burgers and hot dogs. These are easier to eat while standing around chatting anyway.
Say yes to offers of sides.
Most people, when invited to a BBQ, will ask what they can bring or contribute. Instead of saying no, feel free to say yes to those offers. Let your guests bring some soda or chips or whatever they want. That is a relatively low-cost item for them to bring, but it saves you a little bit and every little bit counts.
Choose inexpensive sides.
Instead of focusing on making one elaborate salad, why not buy a premade salad mix and throw in some tomatoes? Why not make a super budget friendly macaroni salad instead deli made one that you have to buy by the pound? Are beans on your menu? Buy a bag of dried beans and make them yourself, for a whopping $2 or less. See how changing up your side dishes can save you big money?
Use what you have.
Make sure that you check out your fridge, freezer, and pantry to see what food you have in there before planning your menu. There is no need to go out and buy everything if you already have some of it in your kitchen. I don’t know about you, but I always have dried and canned beans and extra condiments in my pantry, I would much rather use those then go buy them again.
Skip the spendy drinks.
If you are serving alcohol, serve beer and cheaper wine. It’s highly unlikely that your guests are expecting top shelf liquor at a backyard BBQ. If you are serving soda, buy some plastic cups and 2 liters of soda. Individual cans or bottles get pretty pricey.
Do you have any other great tricks for saving money on a backyard BBQ or party? We would love to hear them!