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Cannabis party budgeting: How to keep your party affordable

Published May 21, 2023 09:00 a.m. ET
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Throwing a pot party for your closest friends and family can be a great way to celebrate your mutual passion for the plant, but it doesn’t take long for expenses to add up to an expensive total. With the high cost of cannabis products, a need to offer guests something to snack on, and the desire to make it extra special with a touch of décor, it’s easy to overspend so it’s best to set a budget and save money everywhere you can.

Here, we’ll help by sharing ten tips and tricks for hosting the best cannabis party possible on a budget.

1. Set your budget

Your very first step to hosting an affordable cannabis party should be determining a budget that won’t break the bank. This number will help as you decide how much can be spent on each aspect of the event and keep all expenditures in check every step of the way.

2. Make it BYOC (bring your own cannabis)

One of the easiest ways to save money on hosting a party is to ask guests to bring something to contribute. In some cases, it may be a simple snack platter or something to drink, but since the biggest expense of cannabis parties is typically the products, it’s a great idea to tell attendees to bring their own. This way, they’ll have access to the strains and the ability to indulge using consumption methods they prefer most and you won’t have to worry about running out.

3. Offer homemade edibles and drinks

If it’ll fit into your budget it may be nice to offer your guests something special made with cannabis like edibles or infused beverages. Even BYOC parties are elevated to the next level with this unique personalized touch, and it’s much more affordable to make them yourself at home. Have a little fun with it by customizing flavors and potency to your liking. Just make sure to label all of your homemade goodies clearly.

4. Save on cannabis products

If you plan on purchasing cannabis products higher-end options might be tempting but certain strains are likely to be more affordable You’ll still get a pleasant enjoyable experience and it’ll come with a cheaper price tag. It’s also a good idea to keep an eye out for bulk discounts and sales to help you stretch every penny as far as possible.

5. Opt for simple handmade decorations

Decorations aren’t really necessary. Still, they add a great vibe to any space, and spicing up the aesthetics of a party can be accomplished on a tight budget, so if you’re considering themed additions then posters and homemade artwork like banners or centerpieces might be the best way to go as they can easily be created at home.

6. Serve simple snacks

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When it comes time to plan a menu, simple snacks are usually the most affordable choice as they can be purchased in bulk, and the bonus is they don’t take much to prepare so you’ll save time too. Things like chips, pretzels, popcorn, or crackers with basic toppings like cheese, pickles or meat slices look great displayed on a table, and they’re relatively cheap too. You may even consider asking guests to bring their own food items to share.

7. Use cheap glassware and utensils

Whether you're serving cannabis-infused beverages, a meal, or snacks it’s good to consider using affordable glassware and plastic disposable utensils instead of expensive stemware that may be broken by partygoers. Mason jars or plastic cups can be just as fun and stylish, and they won't break the bank, so don’t forget to pick some up at your local dollar store before the big day.

8. Plan DIY activities

DIY activities will keep your guests entertained on a budget since you can make most of the things you’ll need at home with items that are already laying around the house. Consider things like group painting, an infused cooking class where attendees bring their own ingredients, or simple craft projects that are cannabis-themed.

9. Create your own playlist

Hiring a DJ is expensive, and though these individuals are often talented, it’s much more affordable to purchase an ad-free streaming service through companies like YouTube or Amazon instead. Then you can ask guests to contribute to a shared playlist so it reflects the musical taste of everyone, and save money in the process.

10. Limit the guest list

Last but not least as much as you might want everyone and their cousin to be able to attend, limiting the guest list to a smaller more intimate circle of friends and family members is a great way to the cost of things like food and drinks to a minimum.

Throwing a cannabis party on a budget is not only possible but can also be a fun and enjoyable challenge that delivers results attendees will enjoy just as much if not more than the expensive alternative. Follow these great tips and tricks to create a memorable and exciting experience without going into debt. Just be sure to prioritize safety and stay compliant with the laws and regulations in your region.

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