Throwing a fun St. Patrick’s Day party doesn’t have to break the bank. You can have fun and keep those hard-earned dollars in your pocket.

How You Can Throw a Killer St. Patrick's Day Party for Under $50

How You Can Throw a Killer St. Patrick’s Day Party for Under $50

Fun and frugal can go together. Share these great ideas with your students for keeping party costs down.This Friday, you plan to be having the time of your life at your very own St. Patrick’s Day party. But there’s only one problem: money’s tight. Really, really tight. And you’d hate to disappoint everyone by calling it off.

You could always play hooky or lock yourself in your room and turn your phone on “do not disturb” mode. Or you could make the few dollars that you do have stretch to pay for that party you promised. If the latter sounds like the better plan, here’s how to get started:

1. Run the Numbers

How much dough are you working with? Before you set foot in a store, jot down the amount of cash you have at your disposal for the party. If you skip this step, chances are that you’ll go overboard and spend money you don’t have.

2. Go Shopping

With your budget in hand, it’s time to go shopping. But if I were you, I’d be strategic and plan ahead (i.e. make a list) to make sure I don’t run out of money.


Since your guests are coming to have a good time, don’t spend too much money here.

Think about it: no one’s going to look around and say, “Wow, the walls are pretty bare.”Click To Tweet

Stores like Party City, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, and Walmart usually have great deals on decor. And if you want to maximize savings, stick with solid green and gold decor. The items with Shamrocks or Leprechauns all over them will cost more.

And if you’re wondering about formal invitations, I would ditch those as well. There are tons to choose from at party stores, but a text message will suffice.

Max Budget: $10 –$15

Food and Drinks

Potluck, anyone? Have your guests bring an assortment of scrumptious party foods and tasty treats. Otherwise, you could spend well over $100 on food and drinks alone.

To ensure that you don’t have five of the same dishes, have everyone tell you what they’re bringing beforehand or create a list of budget-friendly dishes and drinks and let them choose. (Hint: Pinterest will be your best friend for Irish-themed party dishes and treats.)

Another tip: skip the party platters, since it’s much cheaper to make dishes on your own. And be on the lookout for coupons and special promotions in the sales circulars. Or you can download an app to help you spot all the best deals in your local area.

Max Budget: $25


No need to hire a DJ for your St. Patrick’s Day Party. Pandora will suffice – or you can create a playlist of your favorite tunes on YouTube.Click To Tweet

If you have a smart TV, you can stream tunes directly from that. Or have a friend bring their portable speakers over.

Max Budget: free


Now that you’ve covered all the bases, the last order of business is entertainment. You could always buy a few games from the party store or find printable games online, but the cheapest option is to let guests entertain themselves.

It may sound like a silly idea, but think about the parties you’ve attended in the past. Did you spend your time playing games or chatting it up? Exactly!Click To Tweet

But if you insist, a costume contest or dance competition could be a viable option.

Max Budget: $5 – $10

A Final Thought

As I mentioned earlier, you want to start planning now for your budget-friendly St. Patrick’s Day bash. If you wait until Friday afternoon to start shopping, expect slim pickings, which will mean more money spent. Most importantly, cash is king – stay away from plastic, and your wallet will thank you. Be safe and have fun!

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