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Whether it's at a backyard barbeque or a patio celebration, summer is ideal for spending quality time with friends and family. But what's a great summer gathering without savings on food, party supplies and more? It's time to light up the grill and here are some tips on how to save for your next get-together.
Deck it out
Decorations help brighten up your space and set the stage for unforgettable memories with your guests. Attention to detail can make celebratory occasions such as birthdays, retirement parties and anniversaries even more special. To simplify your decoration decisions, choose a theme color (or a few!) and tie it into your place settings, drinkware and décor such as balloons and flowers. AARP members can link their memberships to their Walgreens Balance® Rewards accounts to earn points and savings on decorative items.
Plan the menu
Planning a cohesive menu helps take the stress out of party planning – and prevents you from making a last-minute trip to the store immediately before guests are set to arrive. Kick start the party with veggie, fruit and cheese trays to pass around while your guests chat it up. Set up a buffet and prepare a few simple appetizers like guacamole, deviled eggs and bruschetta. Finally, fire up the grill and cook up seasonal favorites such as burgers, hot dogs and kebobs. To make your job as host easier, ask each guest to bring a favorite drink or dessert to share. Save on the food and fixings for your festivities with the Grocery Coupon Center.
Don’t be afraid to play DJ! Curate a playlist ahead of time to help set the tone for your party. Include at least 6 hours’ worth of music so that your guests can listen to a variety of songs and genres. To keep your guests engaged, take song requests or create a shared playlist on Spotify or Apple Music and let them add their own choices.
Fuel some healthy competition
Whether you’re hosting longtime friends or introducing groups of acquaintances for the first time, games provide engaging conversation and can help bond even the shyest of partygoers. If you’re celebrating in a larger backyard and have an active crowd on your hands, try setting up a badminton tournament with a backyard net. If space is a challenge, consider introducing your guests to Giant Jenga, or pick up a few classic board games to add an element of nostalgia to your gathering.