9 Party Ideas that Won’t Break the Bank

If you love throwing parties but aren’t quite sure what your next theme should be, this article is for you.

It will highlight nine different party ideas that won’t break the bank, but will still be a ton of fun!

You will be able to have all of your family and friends over, and know that they are in for a good time.

Also, along with these party ideas being friendly on your wallet, they are easy to set up. This will allow you to be able to kick back and enjoy the party with everyone else. 

Before you know it, you will be known as the person who throws all of the best parties!

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Dinner Party

Depending on the number of people, a dinner party can end up being pretty expensive, but not if you do it potluck style. So instead of having only you be responsible for everything, ask each guest to bring a side dish.

This will not only allow for a great dinner, but it will also let your friends and family show off their favorite recipes.

Before you know it, everyone will be enjoying each other’s company over dinner and good food. 

If you have guests that don’t already know each other, try using ice breakers to help everyone better connect and to get the energy flowing.

This will help make sure that no one feels left out and that people are meeting and connecting throughout the night. 

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Drinks and Appetizers

If you don’t feel like doing an all-out dinner party, go for appetizers and drinks instead.

You can still encourage people to bring their favorite beverages or a favorite appetizer, but it will be a little easier setup for you and everyone else.

If you go this route, try creating a specialty drink, and encourage your other guests to get creative as well. This way, everyone will be able to try a new drink or two.

Grill Out

Another great food-related party idea is grilling out with friends and family. If the weather is nice and there is a pool in play, it gets even that much better!

Once again, have your guests bring a side or something to throw on the grill, and you will be able to have all the food you can handle.

If you don’t have a pool (or even if you do), consider setting up some lawn games. Whether it is cornhole, lawn darts, or some other type of lawn game, this will give your guests something to do and watch as they hangout. 


Depending on the weather, a bonfire could be the perfect evening for family and friends. Even if it isn’t super cold, being able to sit around the fire talking and making s’ mores is always a good time.

All you need is a fire pit, prongs, chocolate bars, graham crackers, and marshmallows.

If you are unsure about having enough seating, have your guests bring a lawn chair or two with them. 

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Pool Party

Fun in the sun is always a good option when the weather is right. So if you have a pool, or have access to a pool, throw a pool party!

You will be able to enjoy the pool, beautiful weather, and all of the pool games you can think of. Also, as mentioned above, if you can combine grilling and a pool, you are sure to have a great afternoon. 

Scavenger Hunt

This one may take a little bit more to set up, but it will be worth it! Before your party, take some time to do a little research and then set up a fun scavenger hunt list.

Your guests will be able to show up at your house to meet for the rules, explanation, etc., and then you can partner up into teams and head out.

Each group will be able to have fun along the way, but then at the end of the night, it will be so much fun when everyone meets back up to see the winner and talk about all the adventures of the night. 

Game Night

If you don’t quite feel up to organizing a scavenger hunt, another fun alternative is a game night.

Depending on the group’s size, there are a number of fun games that you could play.

Whether it is Pictionary, Scategories, or other group games, it is sure to be fun!

This is also a great time to encourage guests to bring their favorite beverages and appetizers. Having the right food and drink around is only going to add to the fun of game night. 

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Music is always a great way to get the party going. And in this case, you and your guests will be personally responsible for making the music happen! All you need is a Karaoke machine and some willing participants. And guess what?

This isn’t American Idol, so encourage everyone to get up there and give it a try. And, if someone is feeling shy, duets and group songs are always an option! 


With all nine of these party ideas, you will be pretty stacked when it comes to hosting events at your house. Depending on the time of year, you should be able to have something both inside or out, and something that your guests will look forward to! 

Just be warned, though. Before you know it, you will be getting questions about when the next party is.

So if you are okay with that, start taking advantage of this list of the best party ideas that won’t break the bank, and start throwing some parties! 

Is there a party idea that you think should’ve made this list? Let us know in the comments below. 

Julie Higgins
Julie is a Staff Writer at momooze.com. She has been working in publishing houses before joining the editorial team at momooze. Julie's love and passion are topics around beauty, lifestyle, hair and nails.

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