Five Tips to Throw a Fab Fiesta for Less Dinero

May 14, 2014

With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, this is a great time to invite over all of your amigos for a fun fiesta!  Unfortunately, playing host can sometimes cost mucho dinero.  Fear not!  If you keep these five tips in mind, you will be well on your way to planning a frugal fiesta and no one will know that you didn’t spend your whole paycheck doing it.

Avoid Wasting Money on Throw Awayscinco de mayo invite

A fun invitation sets the mood and tells your guests what to look forward to at your party.  But why spend money on stamps and paper invitations when guests will just toss them?  Paperless invitations can be sent by email from sites like evite.com and punchbowl.com.  Plus, they offer other features like allowing your guests to see who else is coming.  They also help you to track your RSVPs and invite others at the last minute.

Less is More When it Comes to Décor

You pinned this AMAZING picture on Pinterest where someone filled their ceiling with hundreds of piñatas and you KNOW you have to replicate it for your party!  Or maybe not?  At $ 20 a pop that’s a lot of money for décor.  Why not pick one favorite piñata and use it as a centerpiece for your appetizer table?  You’ll create a fun environment without a ton of stuff that you’ll just toss when everyone leaves.

Don’t Let Your Guests Come Empty-Handed

Everyone wants to be helpful and bring something to make your shin-dig more fun.  Why not make the most of that sentiment by creating a potluck list on evite.com or punchbowl.com where your guests can pick among a few suggested items to bring?  That way you don’t have everyone bringing the chips and nobody bringing dessert.

Having alcohol at your party?  That’s a great thing to ask guests to bring because it often is the biggest expenditure for the host.  A 6-pack of beer or a bottle of wine is not a major financial investment and also doesn’t require your guests to cook anything.  Win-win!

Find Your Signature Stylecinco de mayo food

A signature cocktail is fun and time-saving while also being a good way to save some money. Making margaritas?  Skip the pre-made margarita mixes in favor of fresh limes that you can purchase for 10 cents or less at your local Hispanic market.

Mix up a pitcher (or two) of your favorite brew, name it something fun like Kate’s Killer Kiwi Margarita, and you are on your way to impressing your guests with your bartending prowess.  By mixing it in advance you are ensuring that you can spend your party time mingling with your friends instead of making drinks behind the bar.

Not sure what to make?  Search delish.com for some great ideas like colorful Pomegranate Margaritas or Guilt-Free Margaritas for those calorie-conscious friends.

A Well-Fed Guest is a Happy Guest

You’ve got your friends bringing the chips, salsa and guacamole.  Impress them with a taco bar!  You can make your shredded chicken in the crockpot earlier that day – just layer a packet of taco seasoning, frozen chicken breasts and a pint of pico de gallo in the crock and cook on high for 4 hours or until the chicken is cooked through.  Shred the chicken and done – easy taco filling!  Offer corn tortillas, shredded cheese, tomatoes, avocados and hot sauce and guests can build their own taco creation.  You’ll save on similar pre-made options found at the grocery store and your guests will think you spent all day in the kitchen.

A little planning can go a long way.  If you follow these steps, you will be on your way to making your frugal fiesta a fabulous one!

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