Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer, and as Minnesotans, we love to celebrate this holiday with family and friends. When throwing a party and celebrating a long weekend, it can be easy to go overboard and spend more than you want to, but not with our Memorial Day on a Budget Guide! Use these tools to host an unforgettable celebration while staying well within budget.

Think Minimalist

Instead of decorating every spare inch in your home and/or yard, take a minimalist approach to your party decorations. We know you want to create a festive atmosphere, so include just enough to set the mood for the party. Also, try to buy decorations that you can use all summer long! From string lights to shade umbrellas, these are items that you can leave in your yard and enjoy after the party ends.

Shop on a Budget

Plan out your shopping trips to get the most bang for your buck! For decorations, try a retailer like the Dollar Store or browse at your local thrift stores; for food, buy in bulk at a large box store like Sam’s Club or Costco.

Delegate to Your Guests

It is perfectly acceptable to ask your guests to contribute to your party. Ask your friends or family if they would be willing to bring a shareable drink or appetizer to cut down on your costs and time in the kitchen! Your guests can also contribute to outdoor seating, so ask anyone willing to bring over some patio seating so you don’t need to buy extras.

Go Digital

Instead of spending a lot of money on printing and mailing paper invites, use a free digital platform like Eviteor create an event on Facebook.

We hope these tips help you throw a great party that will create unnecessary stress on your bank account!

A special thank you to everyone who served and sacrificed for our country. We thank you for your bravery and honor you today and every day!