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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Frugal Way

Posted on Monday, March 9th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Your St. Patrick's Day party doesn't have to cost a fortune!  Here are some tips to help make your celebration a frugal one.St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that many people look forward to celebrating. Will you be having a party at your home this year? It doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Try some of these simple tips that will help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the frugal way.

Frugal Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Frugal “Wearing of the Green”
One way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is by wearing green clothing. Before you purchase a brand new green t-shirt, check to see if you already have one. If you bought it new last year, and stored it away since then, it will be perfectly fine to wear again this St. Patrick’s Day.

Did you wear a funny hat or buttons with Irish slogans on them last year? Dig those out and re-use them this year. If people remember the funny hat from last year’s celebration – it probably means they liked it!

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that inspires many people to consume alcohol. Your party doesn’t necessarily have to include alcoholic beverages, though. It depends on your guests. Will the party include people who are under the legal drinking age? Are many of your friends people who simply don’t like to drink alcohol? If so, you should spend your beverage budget on soda instead.

What if your guests love to drink? This can get incredibly expensive for a host. Make it clear that your party will be “BYOB” (or Bring Your Own Bottle). Let guests know that there will be soda, and maybe some beer, served. If they want to enjoy other beverages, they need to bring them.

Frugal Decorations
A St. Patrick’s Day party doesn’t require a whole lot of decorations. Put a green tablecloth on the table that will hold drinks and food. Use the leftover green or white paper plates and plastic cups from last year’s party. Another option is to pick up some frugal paper plates, plastic cups, and plastic silverware from a dollar store.

The dollar store might be a good place to get a couple of green balloons. Helium balloons are eye-catching. Tie them to the front of your house so guests can easily see where the party is at.

Get a large plastic trash can that has a lid. Put a plastic garbage bag inside of it. Attach a sign to the front of it that says “recycle”. Guests who finish off a beverage that comes in a can or bottle can put it into the recycling bin. When the party is over, recycle the cans and bottles. Put a few more dollars in your pocket.

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