9 Low-Cost Ways to Throw a Valentine’s Day Party
Everyone wants to have a Valentine’s Day party, but money may be an issue for some. Throwing a fun and unique event while watching your pennies can make it difficult. Nine great suggestions for holding a great party while on a budget include the following:
1. Begin with Breakfast
Start your day off right with a breakfast party. This can be held in an office, at a restaurant, or in someone’s home. Great breakfast items can include croissants, deviled eggs, breakfast sandwiches of all types, quiche, silver dollar pancakes with flavored syrups, plus coffee and assorted juices. The upside of this type of party is that it is very inexpensive. It will also leave the evening open for those who have other plans with their friends, family, or significant others.
If you and your group are celebrating on a weekend, consider a brunch-type menu and time frame for all of the participants. For better participation, you could even move your party from the actual mid-week Valentine’s date to the Saturday or Sunday either before or after the big day. The menu could consist of egg dishes, pancakes, muffins, fresh fruit, and complementing beverages which could include mimosas, Bloody Marys, and screwdrivers. The cost of this is so much less than an evening dinner at a fancy restaurant.
3. Happy Hour
A late afternoon party at a local nightspot can be real savings. Many clubs and bars offer happy hour pricing, and many will even have free or discounted snacks and appetizers for patrons to enjoy. Locate a hotspot that is easy to get to, has great parking, and allows you to reserve ample space for your group. Eating dinner at another location can be optional for everyone who attends.
4. Pot Luck
Have a great dinner with everyone bringing their favorite dishes. With all participants contributing, the cost is minimal. You also get a chance to enjoy unique foods made by your friends and co-workers. Be sure to keep the Valentine theme going at dessert time with heart-shaped cookies, red velvet cake, and strawberry cheesecake.
5. Big-Screen Romance
Ask everyone to meet at a movie theater that features a current or past romance film. Enjoy popcorn and drinks during the show and then meet at a local club for a nightcap. An alternative to this would be to gather at a home and view old romance movies such as “Harry Met Sally,” “Hope Floats,” “Fools Rush In,” “Love Story,” and “Sex in the City” with snacks and beverages provided by all of the guests.
6. Dessert and Coffee
Leave the evening open for everything to do their own thing. Then arrange for all to meet at a popular restaurant or at someone’s home for dessert and coffee. After-dinner drinks could also be an option. Serve truffles, chocolate-covered cherries, Black Forest cake, or even a delicate strawberry mousse. Set up a coffee bar complete with liqueurs, flavored creamers, assorted sugars, and sweet liqueurs such as Amaretto or Bailey’s Irish Cream. What a great ending to such a special night!
7. Family-Style Service
Enjoy dinner at a great restaurant, and cut costs by ordering the food in bulk. Have platters of meats, salads, side dishes, and desserts served family-style or from a nearby table. Pay for it by the platter instead of per person and split the costs at the end of the evening. Not all restaurants will do this so you may have to scout out a romantic location that will do this for your special group.
8. Pair It with Another Activity
Find an activity at a local club and make it the focal point of your celebration. For example, your favorite nightspot may have a karaoke competition. Get everyone together, order appetizers, and compete to see who can be the best with the microphone. Go rollerskating, bowling, or to a comedy club. These types of celebrations will have everyone talking about the good time they had for days to come.
9. Share Space
If you have a larger group and need to rent space, consider sharing it with other groups in your company or organization. Other costs such as hiring a band, arranging for decorations, and paying staff can all be divided among the number of groups that participate.
As you can see, throwing a reasonably-priced event does not have to be a major challenge. You should be able to find inexpensive options in your particular city and still have a wonderful Valentine’s Day (or evening) party. Choose the party that best fits your group’s personality and preferences, and celebrate this day of love in style without breaking the bank.