Your party theme will set the tone for the entire event. The good news is there’s bazillions of ideas out there.Some of my favorite family-friendly party theme ideas (that are easy on a budget) include:
If you really enjoy cooking or prefer NOT to do a event, pick menu options that don’t require involved cooking. When you’re hosting a family get-together, the last thing you want to do is stow away in the kitchen the entire time!
Depending on your menu, you can serve chips on the side, pasta salad, simple chopped up fruit, or veggies and dip. If you have a lot of kiddos coming to the party, it’s best to go for simple grab-and-go sides that don’t require a bunch of prep (or extra dishes). If you’re REALLY not looking forward to cleaning up after the party, check your local dollar store for paper plates, and plastic cups and serving ware. (Also good if you’re concerned about breaking glass outside.)
Kool-Aid is a cheap, fun drink that everyone loves. For dessert, try popsicles or ice cream with fresh fruit (or served as root beer floats). Easy, simple, and everyone will love it!
For adults, the very act of getting together as a family can be enough for entertainment, but to have a really fun family get-together, you may want to plan a few cool activities besides simply eating.Usually 2 or 3 games or challenges are enough to keep everyone entertained without feeling like you’re “forcing” everyone into an activity. You know how active your family is, so plan accordingly. If your family is super-sporty, ask your guests to bring their favorite sports equipment. A badminton set or bocce ball game will really add to the (free) fun! If your family is more casual, opt for 1 or 2 “active” games and 1 less-active option. Grandma might not love Ultimate Frisbee and some games can be too challenging for younger kids.
Outdoor family get-togethers are a DREAM to decorate because you can go totally simple. String up some Christmas lights, put some flowers (or a potted plant) on the table, or use a bunch of mix-and-matched floral items to create a casual/fun vibe.