How to host a pint size party & GIVEAWAY!

I recently partnered with Apartment Guide to bring you 3 party planning tips for hosting a entertaining in small spaces (check out my tips here). Today, I’m sharing more tips for entertaining & living in small spaces plus launching a $50 Target GIVEAWAY that you can use for your next gathering.

If you are planning a get together, party, or dinner for guests — make an effort to keep things simple, this will allow you to stay within a smaller budget. Here are a few easy ways to plan a great gathering without overspending:

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{tip #3 :: image from this 30th birthday party}

1. Reuse items from your home. Move around candles, decor items, and use older pieces from your kitchen in new ways. This prevents you from buying new pieces that you can’t afford (or store!).

2. Keep the menu simple. Serve just a few items rather than offering a ton of choices. A salad, burger, and dessert is plenty. Don’t get distracted by  thinking of all the sides and extras you can do. Keep the menu small. It will save you money at the store and time in the kitchen!

3. Choose a signature drink or stick to beer & wine. No need to stock a full bar. That will put a big dent in your budget (think of all the liquor and mix-ins you’d need) and take up valuable counter space in your home. Instead, create one signature drink or stick to the basics and serve beer & wine only.

I also love these simple ideas from Apartment Guide that will help you get ready for your next pint size party: get creative with frugal decor ideas & decorating a small space.

You can check out more tips at Moving Today and on the Apartment Guide blog

Target Giveaway

What are your tips for entertaining in a small space and/or on a small budget?

Comment below to enter to win a $50 Target gift card!

Contest is now closed – Congrats to Crystal!

{contest ends Sunday March 31, 2012 at 11pm PST}

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23 Comments on How to host a pint size party & GIVEAWAY!

  1. Cindy
    March 27 at 12:34 pm (6 years ago)

    I so needed this as I started planning my son’s baptism, I kept adding more and more to the menu. This brought me back to reality with the time constraints of that day. Phew!

  2. Samantha Brooke
    March 27 at 12:35 pm (6 years ago)

    For entertainment, I suggest hiring a college pianist (or other musician) to play music for an hour or two during cocktails. Their rates are generally less expensive than a career professional.

    Love these 3 notes!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Teila Thomsen
    March 27 at 12:52 pm (6 years ago)

    I love going to the dollar store for cheap items and crafting/making them into something chic and useful as decor! The food network has great recipes your can serve just by typing in a few things you already have in your refrigerator! When entertaining in a small space I make sure that things are dual function like my ottomans in my livingroom double for seating!

  4. Mami2jcn
    March 27 at 12:59 pm (6 years ago)

    For entertaining on a small budget, I suggest having a dessert party instead of a dinner party. Pot luck is always a money saver, too!

  5. Amy T.
    March 27 at 4:54 pm (6 years ago)

    To help set the tone for the night, I tap into Pandora for a mix of music to match the theme.

  6. Josie Chenier
    March 27 at 5:12 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m a mother of a graduate this year:-) I’ve been looking forward to giving our son a party to show how very proud we are of him & how he has accomplished so many things including peer pressure! I’ve been putting back & started shopping 3mnths ago for all sorts of fun things to do. Planning far ahead & budgeting by searching & using the clearance isle has really helped & saved alot:-)

  7. stephanie @ Couture Parties
    March 27 at 6:15 pm (6 years ago)

    Invest in all white serving plates, cake plates, and dishes. They can always be updated with paper liners, ribbon, or washi tape :) That way you can always have them on hand and can change them up per new theme.

  8. Cheryl Walker
    March 28 at 9:20 am (6 years ago)

    Ask each guest to bring their favorite signature food that they make. Keeps your end of planning simple :)

  9. Not Just A Mommy!
    March 28 at 9:57 am (6 years ago)

    I advise everyone to Invest in reusable partyware; my go-to pieces are my glass milk bottle glasses, paper lanterns, tissue poufs and balls, and a great set of white appetizer plates.

  10. steph
    March 28 at 10:12 am (6 years ago)

    to clear out all extra furniture that isn’t for seating or tables – makes the room flow better!

  11. Sarah
    March 28 at 10:24 am (6 years ago)

    To entertain on a budget, I stick to my go to easy recipes and hit up my local farmers market for some fresh flowers. Using vases, mason jars or even jelly jars add great decor.

  12. Crystal
    March 28 at 3:56 pm (6 years ago)

    In terms of budget, don’t feel like you have to go all out. Keeping things simple usually works! Also, don’t be afraid to ask a friend or two to bring something (food, drink, music, etc). Most people really don’t mind contributing something small to the party!

  13. saniel
    March 28 at 6:32 pm (6 years ago)

    Budget keep it to what you can afford and try to do stuff second hand without looking cheap and cheesy!
    Always purchase items and keep in the freezer. I made chocolate chip cookies last night but made two rolls one for now and the other for later(freezer). thanks

  14. Deanne H.
    March 29 at 11:02 am (6 years ago)

    I use all the coupons I can find and plan a menu that’s more fun than expensive, like a taco bar or ice cream bar.

  15. Jessica F
    March 29 at 8:42 pm (6 years ago)

    Have a potluck dinner, or a dinner or just a lot of little appetizers!

  16. Deanna G.
    March 29 at 10:15 pm (6 years ago)

    For entertaining on a small budget, keep portions small & don’t invite too many people.

  17. Marlo
    March 30 at 6:00 am (6 years ago)

    Last time we threw a party I mess up creating signature drink, that’s a bad lesson. I mess up also with the budget. Gross! I think your tips are simply the best to follow, specially making the menu simple…and satisfying.

  18. Ani G W
    March 30 at 9:38 am (6 years ago)

    I use coupons and shop sales to buy the food and beverages for a party. I also buy things at goodwill and thrift stores and repurpose them by painting them or making them into something new!

  19. Sarah Reece
    March 30 at 11:56 am (6 years ago)

    What a great timing for this post. I’m starting to plan for a small get-together at my place for our anniversary in the coming month. These are some great tips, which I’m surely going to use. I think I would preferably go for some home-made recipes and signature drinks, as you suggested. Thanks for the share.

  20. anash
    March 31 at 7:00 pm (6 years ago)

    to entertain on a small budget- cook from scratch and make it delish! also get decor from the dollar store! Thanks for a super giveaway!

  21. Your Hostess
    April 2 at 11:49 am (6 years ago)

    Thank you all for sharing your tips for hosting a party on a pint size budget — they are all great! A big congrats to Crystal who was our randomly chosen winner!

  22. chibiwow
    June 6 at 11:40 pm (6 years ago)

    Great ideas! I always stick to wine and beer for the drinks. Noted that for keeping it simple and less yet still make guests feel satisfied.

  23. industrial racking
    June 26 at 10:27 pm (6 years ago)

    My mom is about the same size as you she always just goes to DEBS and get a short dress and it fits her right or go to macks they have a lot of short dresses there that would look great….Thnaks…


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