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How to Host an Outdoor Party on a Budget

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Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:32 am, Fri Sep 20, 2013.

(StatePoint) It’s time to take your party outdoors. Regardless of whether you’re hosting a birthday celebration or a fun barbeque, there are affordable ways to lend your outdoor event some flair and make it fun for everyone.

With this in mind, the experts at Dollar General are sharing some great and affordable party planning ideas for consumers:

Entertainment

Yard games can turn a dull afternoon into one of friendly competition.  For both adults and kids, set up T-ball game, ring toss or get a game of badminton or croquet going. You can also cool down with outdoor sprinklers and fun water games for the entire family on warm afternoons.

Food

Hosting a potluck is one of the simplest ways to entertain on a budget. Assign family and friends different side dishes to bring so you can focus on the main attraction -- the grill. Don’t spend a fortune to feed your big hungry crowd. At a discount retailer such as Dollar General, you can buy everything including small table grills, charcoal and all the ingredients for tasty meals.

You can also end your meal on a sweet note by baking your own cake. It’s much less expensive than buying a store-bought cake and a fun activity with the kids. Whether or not you’re a confectionary expert, you can easily pull off this delicious feat with mixes and pre-made frostings.

Decorating

Be party-ready all the time by ensuring your garden looks great. Decorative planters, plant stands and birdhouses can really enhance the space.

Save money and have fun by making your own decorations. For birthdays, create a celebratory piñata out of colorful tissue paper or get the kids involved by creating beautiful flowers out of craft paper. String the décor from the rafters of your gazebo or along the porch overhang.

For more inspiration ideas or coupons for your next outdoor party, visit www.DollarGeneral.com.

Take full advantage of the summer season and entertain in your home’s outdoor spaces.

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