Skip to content

How to Host a Cheap Summer Party for Less Than $150

cheap summer partySummer brings the heat, pools, and barbecue’s, but it also brings the parties! With 4th of July, back to school sales, and lots of other fun days, a cheap summer party is a great way to get everyone together before summer ends. But how do you throw a party for less than $150?

This post was written by the ever-talented Kimberly Studdard.

Keep Invites Minimal

This pertains to both the invites themselves, and who you choose to invite to the party. Are you friends on Facebook with all of the people you want to invite? Create an event and invite them virtually. Can your kids text their friends or invite them by word of mouth? Have them do so! Don’t spend extra money on your cheap summer party if you don’t need to.

If you still want to send an actual invite, that’s okay! Try delivering them by hand rather than mailing them. As far as how many people you invite, that depends on you! Can you penny pinch in other areas to keep your budget at $150 if you are inviting a lot more people? If not, keep the guest list small, preferably 25 people or less.  

Buy Party Friendly Foods

Many people love hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, and chips! Plus, these items are typically cheaper than other items at the grocery store. If your guests have specific dietary needs, ask them before planning your menu. You can keep their needs in mind while looking at sales or searching for coupons.

A good rule of thumb for buying enough food at a party is each person will typically eat 6-10 Hors D’oeuvres depending on if they are served before the meal or as the meal. So if you plan on having a lot of finger foods, serve more! If not, a few appetizers plus a plate of food should be enough. And don’t forget about a slice of cake or a cup of ice cream! A cheap summer party doesn’t have to mean boring food.

Visit A Dollar Store

If you are looking for decorations or serving platters for your cheap summer party, look no further than your local dollar store. You can find everything from plastic plates, napkins, banners, and even goodies for gift bags. I’ve typically gone to the Dollar Tree for the bulk of my supplies for a party, and have never spent more than $35 for everything!

Related: 21 Things I Always Get From the Dollar Tree

If you don’t have a dollar store near you, you can always try hitting up dollar “spots” at your local Target, Wal-Mart, or local grocery store. There is always a way to save money on most of your non food necessities.

Have Free (or Cheap) Entertainment

Do you have a local pool that you can throw your party at for free or cheap? What about throwing a cheap kiddie pool in your backyard for the kiddos? You could even buy a few water guns or games to play from the dollar tree. Kids can typically make a game out of anything, so keeping it simple can be the way to go.

If you are having an adults only party, bring some of your childhood board games out and make new rules to fit the adults. Or, have a contest to see who can make the best cocktail. You’ll have fun, but won’t spend a ton of money to do so. Sometimes, even just sitting around and chatting with friends is exactly what you need to have fun!

Throw A Potluck

If you really want to cut costs, host a potluck. You can be the host and provide the venue, but you won’t have to provide everything. A potluck is a great way to save money and a ton of stress, because you won’t be the sole provider for food, drinks, and even decorations if you choose to split those up.

This could also help you save time cleaning up, so it’s a win-win for everyone! Everyone just takes their items home, and you’re only left cleaning what you brought to the table. Easy, cheap, and fun for everyone.

It doesn’t take a lot to have a fun and cheap summer party. In fact, with family or good friends, any time spent together can be considered a party! Remember to not stress out. Have fun at the party and indulge in delicious food and company. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s really about.

Are you ready to host your cheap summer party?

Money Save Money


My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.

Related posts