Looking to throw a party this Saint Patrick's day? You're not alone. Of all the holidays outside of New Year's Eve, Saint Patty's is the one that lends itself most readily to partying and revelry. It's already heavily associated with alcohol, wild celebrating and a general sense of letting loose, making it quite tempting to want to host a party.
But not all of us have a pot of gold waiting on the other side of the rainbow: some of us need to make sure that we still have money in the bank to pay the bills and keep the lights on once our hangovers have faded. If you're in that position, then we have some cost cutting ideas that can help you throw a great party while staying within your budgetary constraints.
While traditional Irish meals aren't that expensive to cook, depending on how many people you're inviting and whether you want to be a little more extravagant with your ingredients, costs in the kitchen department can add up faster than you might think. To minimize your food costs, why not ask all of your guests to pitch in and turn your party into a potluck?
If you really want to save money and avoid having to do something like take out a cash advance to pay for everything, have each of your guests bring a bottle of their alcohol of choice to donate to the cause. Alcohol is one of the most expensive vices out there, and it's unfair to absorb that kind of financial burden entirely on your own.
Unlike Christmas, Halloween or Thanksgiving, Saint Patrick's Day is one of those holidays that's here and gone again in the blink of an eye. While the decorations from those other holidays can stay up for over a month sometimes, nobody much wants to see your green shamrocks, leprechaun costume, or pot of gold all month long.
That's why at the end of the day, it's a pretty poor use of your money to buy anything beyond the cheapest Saint Patrick's Day decorations. That doesn't mean you can't create a festive atmosphere for your party, though. A quick search on Pinterest will reveal a plethora of handmade decorating ideas that are affordable, creative and more likely to impress your guests than any trip down a store aisle.
After it gets dark, instead of leaving your party to go out to a bar or club, convince your friends to stay. Bars are expensive, and with a lively enough group of friends there's plenty of ways to have fun at home. Put on some music and dance, play classic party games like charades, or invest in some new games like Cards Against Humanity or any of the many popular party games out there.
If all else fails, there's always one last resort: conversation.