Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, but I've found it can also be among the most expensive. This year will be slightly different for my husband and I because we recently purchased a home, so we can host our first large Halloween party. I couldn't wait for this year's Halloween party, so I've already completed my planning, and purchased most of the items we will need. This is how I plan to host a Halloween party for 15 guests on less than $150.
I've been preparing to decorate our new home for Halloween over the last several months. I'm using a combination of yard sale finds, dollar store items, and recycled items to decorate our front porch, fireplace mantel, and dinning room table. I'll also be using a number of fresh pumpkins in various places throughout the house. So far, I've spent $40 in decorations, and if I stopped now I would still have a fabulously spooky home.
No party is complete without food, but food is also the biggest expense of any party. Food prices have been on the rise, so I knew this year's food was going to cost me quite a bit more than in the past. To keep the cost down, I've decided to host an appetizer potluck, and I have asked each adult to bring one appetizer (two per couple) to the party. In addition, I will be serving bowls of both white and traditional chili alongside ghost shaped grilled cheese sandwiches. After using some coupons for the various canned goods needed to complete the chili, I will spend $35 on our part of the party food.
Drinks are an absolute must for any gathering, and is the one thing you really shouldn't skimp on because people will notice. We will have a number of different drinks available including six cases of sodas, 72 bottles of water, and Halloween punch. I found three cases of sodas on sale for $10, and bought six cases for a total of $20. Sodas are normally around $4.69 a case or $14.07 for three, so I saved $8.14. The bottled water was $3 a case and since I bought three cases I spent $9 total. Lastly, I spent $16 on the ingredients for the Halloween punch. Overall, it cost me around $45 for drinks, which may be overboard, but I do not want to run out.
I wanted to give each one of our guests a yummy Halloween treat to take home after the party. This year I'm giving out two large peanut butter cookies topped with candy corn candies to each guest. The cookies will be wrapped in brown butcher paper and twine, and each package will be topped off with a handwritten note. I'm making 40 large cookies total, and have spent $27 on supplies.
All told, I'm spending around $147 on our Halloween party this year, and that's not bad for a party for 15 people.
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