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7 ways to save big on graduation parties

7 ways to save big on graduation parties
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Celebrating a graduation often means throwing a party or having a family get together. Luckily, you don’t need to spend a ton to give your grad a party to remember.

How to throw a thrifty grad party

1. Invite online

Send your invites via Facebook by creating an event or use an online invitation service like or This saves money on paper invitations — and your guests receive them right away!

2. Throw the party at home

Don’t rent out a venue. Throw the party at your house to keep the party personal and your spending down.

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3. Make the food yourself

Prepackaged food is often more expensive than cooking at home. Search for dip ideas and easy recipes to satisfy your guests’ cravings.

4. Make it a potluck

If you aren’t so keen on preparing food for a large party, invite your guests to participate potluck style. If you’re using a Facebook event page, ask guests to post what they are bringing. If not, you can create a sign-up list with a website like SignupGenius.

5. Buy dollar store soda

You can get a 3-liter bottle for a dollar and your guests won’t know the difference.

Check out this 3 for $3 deal on 2-liters at Dollar General!

6. Create a signature beverage

Making a punch is a great way to cut cost. It keeps you from having to buy too many different beverage options. Most non-alcoholic punches can be easily doctored with alcohol for your over-21 crowd, too. Just be sure to label which is which if you make them both in advance!

7. Improvise on decorations

You don’t need a million miniature graduation hats scattered around the room for your guests to know the party theme. Instead, grab some streamers, a few balloons and a poster board from the dollar store. Guests can write messages to the graduate and it becomes a keepsake for this monumental event in their life.

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