Throw a budget-friendly Father's Day party

Jun 11, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Our dads do so much for us — so it's only natural to want to go all-out on their birthday or for Father's Day. Here's how to throw a fantastic Father's Day party for Dad all while on a budget!

Father's Day BBQ

If I could, I'd fly my dad to Hawaii for a relaxing one-week vacation or buy him that new truck he's had his eye on, but unfortunately those types of things just don't fit into my budget. In fact, it can be hard to afford a normal gift in this day and age.

But dads deserve the best, don't they? Luckily, we've come up with some great ideas for throwing your dad a Father's Day party he'll never forget — and one your wallet will be certain to thank you for later.

Remember your audience

In other words, remember who the party is for — your dad! We've met very few high-maintenance men and know that most prefer relaxed and very casual parties. In fact, most probably don't even want you using the word "party." Dads are chill, and we're totally cool with that!

Tip: Send out Evites to invite all the guests or even a simple phone call will do.

Think guests

The whole idea of throwing a Father's Day celebration on the cheap is to keep it simple. Most dads would much rather have a low-key get-together than a huge bash. Invite family members and close friends only. Ideally, there will be no more than 20 people total at the party — and smaller is preferable.

Cost: Free

Think food

BBQ hamburger

All dads love good food and cold beers—so provide their favorites of each! If you live in an area with nice weather, plan an outdoor barbecue. Even if Dad himself is the grill master, he'll be more than happy to grill up his favorite ribs, steaks or burgers ($20) for his loved ones. For sides, go with chips and salsa ($8), coleslaw ($5), potato salad ($8) and baked beans ($4). Fruit platters and veggie trays are good, but can be skipped depending on your budget. And don't forget the beer ($15)!

In the mood to cook? Try some healthy and simple Father's Day recipes >>

Remember, you're not throwing a bridal shower for your best girlfriend, this is a party for your dad. Dads will not notice cute Pinterest crafts or fancy table settings. Skip this!

Check out how throw a summer BBQ on a budget >>

Cost: $60 — more or less depending on number of guests

Think entertainment

The guests are invited and the menu is planned, meaning the only thing left is some good ol' fashioned entertainment. A few (simple) ideas include:

Tip: If you have brothers or sisters, feel free to ask them to chip in or bring dessert or a game.
  • Big screen TV to broadcast your dad's favorite sports game
  • An iPod dock to blast your dad's favorite tunes
  • Family-friendly games everyone can enjoy such as Apples to Apples, Farkle or Yahtzee
  • Outdoor games like corn hole or horseshoes
  • Drinking games (if your dad's down) such as beer pong

Cost: Free to $20

Total: $80 maximum

Takeaway: Keep it simple! Dad appreciates low-key affairs and will be thrilled that you're simply taking time out of your day to be with him.

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