event celebrations

5 Budget-Friendly Event Ideas: Plus Inspiring Tips To Wow Your Guests

5 Budget-Friendly Event Ideas

Creating an atmosphere that screams “fun” is not as difficult as you might think! And you don’t have to break the bank to do it! Here are some tips to help you keep the budget in check and still create an event they will be talking about for months!

Event ideas

Here’s a twist on the “bring a covered dish” request

Create a Tapas-style experience and ask your guests to bring an appetizer and their favorite drink. Make it more interesting and have them bring an appetizer that reflects their heritage. Tapas has become more popular as sophisticated Tapas bars pop up. Tapas are basically small appetizer dishes served with drinks that originated in Spain.

Check out All About Tapas to learn more about the origin and traditions.

inspiring event tips

Plan a wine tasting event

Ask guests to bring their favorite wine. Provide grapes, crackers, and cheese. Place small tester cups in front of the bottles. Frame wine tasting tips and vineyard history for guests. Provide an evaluation card and let your guests smell and guess notes like a pro!

Article you might like: How to Taste Wine Like a Pro

inspiring events

Create a themed event with things you may have around the house or that you can borrow. 

For instance, borrow pillows, rugs, and tablecloths and throw an outdoor Moroccan-themed festivity.

creative budget-friendly events

Hold a happy hour party

Invite friends and family over for a happy hour gathering for $5.00 per head, no shoes required.

creative picnic party

Hold a picnic party in your back yard.

Invite guests to bring a picnic lunch for a fun day of games and entertainment. Place a large basket with rolled up blankets next to pitchers of beverages and glasses for guests. Provide Snowcones, watermelon, or strawberry shortcake for dessert. Plan fun outdoor games!

Article you might like: Insanely Fun Outdoor Games

Inspiring Tips to Wow Your Guests

  • Create a popcorn movie binge night. Provide a variety of popcorn, candy, and favorite movies!
  • Create a music playlist that complements your event or theme.
  • Provide party favors, like a CD of the event playlist.
  • Greet every guest and make them feel extra special!
  • Create a swap night where everyone can swap out books, clothing, or jewelry.


greeting cards

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.