Barbeques are known for being informal get-togethers, but unfortunately informal doesn’t always translate into affordable. Too often the trappings of the party get in the way of the purpose: to enjoy a backyard dinner with your friends and family. Be kind to your budget and yourself by hosting a barbecue that feeds everyone without emptying your wallet.
6 Be sure to leave money in your budget for citronella candles; nobody likes to get chewed up by mosquitoes.Use clothespins to keep tablecloths in place.
Make it a potluck. Have everyone you invite bring a side dish, chips or dessert, so you limit your expense to only the main dish.
Keep the seating informal. If you are short on tables and chairs, don't buy more. Just lay blankets around the yard and you've got instant seating, picnic style.