How to Throw a Memorial Day BBQ on a Budget

There are so many good reasons to celebrate Memorial Day (aside from honoring our country’s veterans of course). The occasion is perfect for throwing a killer backyard BBQ with friends and family, and it means everyone gets a Monday off from work! Even if you’re on a tight budget, you can still throw an amazing party without hurting your wallet. Here’s a basic checklist for throwing the perfect Memorial Day BBQ.

Send evites.

Shoot out a quick evite or email to friends and family with the details of your Memorial Day party. An easy way to stick to your budget is by holding a potluck-style BBQ. You can supply beverages or the main food items (hamburgers, hot dogs, etc.), and have people sign up to bring condiments, paper plates, or other essentials. Use a service like SignUpGenius to create invites that let people sign up for what they want to bring. Potlucks are easy to organize, and you won’t feel like you’re responsible for paying for the whole shindig!

Decorate your backyard.

Don’t waste your money on expensive party decorations. Head to a site like Dollar Days for cheap patriotic decorations. They carry everything from streamers and balloons to table covers and confetti. Completely deck out your yard in red, white, and blue, and you’ll be all set to properly celebrate Memorial Day! There are also tons of discounts to be had, so you won’t feel like you had to shell out too much cash to create an awesome party atmosphere.

Cook yummy food.

The most essential part of every BBQ is the food. If you decide to supply all of the food yourself, make sure you create a list before you hit the market. Being organized about the quantities you need will end up helping you save money in the long run. Oh, and only add items to your cart that you absolutely need - those last-minute impulse purchases can add a ton to your bill! To help save more cash, check for coupons before you enter the store.

If you want to be creative with your food selection, set up a unique dessert station like DIY S'mores or a Sundae Bar. Your guests are bound to love the chance to mix up their own yummy creations.

Serve drinks.

The number one most important thing to remember for your Memorial Day BBQ: get lots of ice! There’s nothing worse than attending a party where the hosts didn’t buy enough ice, and you’re stuck sipping a tepid drink. You can also get creative by finding fun drink recipes online to make for your guests.

Set up games.

A BBQ becomes truly great when there are games to play. If you have the space, set up a volleyball or badminton net so your guests can play throughout the day. If your space is limited, you can still play horseshoes or bocce ball. You can even leave out some cards or board games for your guests - they’ll love the chance to just kick back and play anything.

Overall, just make sure you spend the day relaxing and having fun. That’s the point of having a BBQ, right? And have a happy Memorial Day!

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