How to Plan a Cool Summer Party Without Breaking the Bank

Summer entertaining shouldn’t blow your budget. From shopping tips to menu ideas, here are our best money-saving solutions for your next party.

Summer Sangria Recipe

Summer is in full swing, and there are a host of reasons to celebrate. Luckily there’s no need to bust your budget while entertaining friends and family. Here are our favorite money-saving tips for parties from planning and shopping to solutions for leftovers.

How to Cook a Whole Fish

Serve Summer’s Bounty

Here are a handful of ideas on how to let the season’s finest flavors standout on your table.

Be Beverage Wise

Drawing attention to the beverage table doesn’t have to mean additional alcohol; it means more fun beverages. Our favorite awe-inspiring ways to beat the bar tab include:

  • Create a custom cocktail such as Summer Sangria opens in a new tab to be your seasonal signature.

  • Always keep pitchers — not costly individual bottles — of cold water and “mocktails” on the table. Float slices of citrus for effect.

Invites, Decorations & Favors

Shop for Savings

There are many ways to save even before you do your shop:

  • Download digital coupons. Find the latest, greatest sales and digital coupons* to use in the store. Find printable coupons opens in a new tab too.

  • Look for what’s on sale now. Search local sales opens in a new tab on our website and stock up. For example, buy lots of cherries when they’re on sale and pit and freeze for later or blend and freeze for fruity ice cubes or ice pops.

  • Cut costs in half. If you need only half a melon, chunk of cheese, fish fillet, loaf of fresh bread, etc., we’re happy to provide just the half you need.

Reinvent Leftovers

Control waste and get the most out of your money by putting leftover ingredients towards delicious new meals. Here are a few ideas:

  • Use buns to make croutons and breadcrumbs

  • Crumbled up burgers can be added to quesadillas or burritos or top a pizza

  • Toss grilled veggies into pasta or rice

  • Add hotdogs or sausage bites to beans

  • Make sandwiches with chicken

What are your tips for summer entertaining on a budget?
*Digital coupons are valid for in-store shopping at U.S. stores only.


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