How to Entertain Guests on a Budget

Whether you are hosting a big celebration coming up or you simply love entertaining, you want to be able to make the most of the moment without breaking your budget. This can be easier said than done when you add the food, drinks, and other expenses into the mix. But if you plan it the smart way, you can entertain your guest without spending a lot of money. Here are 4 things you should do:

Go Outdoors

In modern society, it seems that everyone is always on their phone, computer, or inside an air-conditioned building. We hardly take the opportunity to go outside and get fresh air. So, planning an outdoor trip is great for your mind and body anyway. When you factor in the reality that going on a hike, swim, or sporting outing doesn’t have to cost more than $5 most of the time, it gets even better. You could entertain a dozen people by simply taking them on a nice tour of your surrounding area. Perhaps you have a great trail near your home, or maybe there is interesting architecture in the city. Your creativity is the only limit.


If you were to order food at a restaurant, or even buy a lot of food from the store, it would add up fast. Feeding a few heads is one thing. But when you have guests, the expenses start to add up. Instead of paying for everyone’s food and drinks, encourage a BYOA event. This “Bring Your Own Appetizer” party is like a potluck. Everyone can bring someone small. Not all of us have a net worth like Floyd Mayweather. No one, including the host, has to spend a lot of money. Still, everyone will have plenty to snack on while visiting. Consider having one or two drink stations and food plates for people that forget to bring something or arrived with another guest.

Look Up Birthday Deals

If it’s your birthday soon, then you might be having a party. However, you don’t always want people to spend a lot of money on you. If this is the case, the above tips still apply. However, it if simply makes more sense to go out to a restaurant, then consider this: look for birthday deals. Many restaurants offer some kind of free meal, drink, dessert, or discount for birthdays. If it is not listed on their website, it doesn’t hurt to call in and ask. It might not be as cheap as staying in, but it can shave a nice amount off the total price of going out in a group.

Go Old School

When it comes to hosting events, it’s not so much what you do but who you do it with. Old school games and activities were popular for a reason. They allow you to connect with one another on a more personal level, away from screens and electronics. A tried and true activity is a game of poker or another card game. It can usually be played by large groups and even just two or three people. When you add in some food and drinks, you’ve got entertainment for hours. And it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

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