Summer days, drifting away..

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It's time to plan fun ways to spend the sunny days! It’s simple and inexpensive to enjoy summer — take part in outdoor sports, relax, or get out and enjoy the weather with your family and friends. Here are five ideas for summer family fun on a budget:


Take me out to the ball game. Baseball games are perfect sporting events to enjoy in the summer. One simple way to enjoy a game without spending a fortune is to take in a farm team (minor league) game. These up-and-coming players can show you a great game, often for less than $10. Visit www.minorleaguebaseball.com to find out more.

Enjoy a National Park. Parks offer tons of fun at a low cost, with camping, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, boating, and many other activities. With camping rates usually only about $10-15/night, and entrance fees often just $5-10, whether you go for a day or a week, this is a trip you can really afford.
Be sure to check with individual parks for special educational programs or family days. Visit Recreation.gov for a database of recreational opportunities, or visit www.nps.gov for details on National Parks across the country.


Make a splash! If you love water, the beach and public pool aren’t the only places to enjoy it this summer. Try cooling off with a rafting, kayaking, or canoeing trip. For as little as $20/day, you can enjoy a ride on a river. Many companies also offer discounts on weekdays.
Or for a fun trip for less money, contact local boating organizations or parks, which often offer free kayaking and canoeing lessons, trips, and use of boats. Visit www.rafting.com for information on white-water rafting, or contact local boating organizations for more information.


Immerse yourself in the arts. Find out if there’s an art or music festival in your area this summer. Programs include concerts, plays, films, and much more, often for free or for a small donation, usually less than $5. Check your local paper for arts and cultural events or visit www.festivals.com for details on many festivals in your state.

Visit a theme park. While theme park admissions can be expensive, discount admission tickets or season passes are a great way to save. And since theme parks are often within driving distance, you can take a vacation but not have to invest in a hotel stay — just drive home! Visit www.themeparksonline.org for information on more than 200 theme parks.

Party!

I am cleaning my apartment as we speak. It seems like such a waste to clean for nothing, so I am planning a party. I have a bar in my apartment, so a cocktail party seems like a natural idea. Those things tend to cost a lot of money, however.

Not on "Good Deal" on FoodTV, though. This is a show hosted by Dave Lieberman. Granted, the stuff he is cooking is slightly more expensive and complicated than opening a bag of chips, but still relatively cheap and easy.

I just caught the episode where he hosts a Happy Hour. He makes a few appetizers and a white wine sangria. The sangria looks pretty easy, and cheap-ish. A punch is always cheaper than individual drinks, after all.

Here is the recipe for the white wine sangria:

2 (750-ml) bottles white wine, chilled
1 cup brandy (you can buy a small bottle)
2 navel oranges, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 lime, sliced
1/4 cup superfine sugar

Pour the wine and brandy over the fruit and sugar in a large serving bowl. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Stick a ladle in the sangria so people can serve themselves and have a full bucket of ice by the side of the bowl. (Don't let the ice run out.) Serves 12-15 for well under 20 bucks.
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Let's get this show BACK on the road...

Okay, I admit it. I pulled rank and deleted the advertisements. I am not saying your products don't rawk, just that this community needs to get back on track.

I have no idea how this community got so freakin' huge, but since it is, I might as well get on board my own self.

It is now July, Independence Day Weekend, the dog-days of summer. Whatever you call it, it's hot outside. Great time to host a barbecue!

You can go to your local discount store (K-Mart, WalMart, Target, Shopko, etc) and buy a portable grill for under $10. A bag of charcoal, meat and veggies and you are all set. Get a party tub and fill it with ice. Send out invites, and make it a potluck bar. Everyone who comes has to have a beverage to stick in the party tub, whether it is soda, beer, or anything else.

If you have a little more money to spend, you can get a cheap kiddie pool, fill it with water, and make it the pit in a friendly game of tug-of-war. If everyone has enough to drink, maybe you could hook up one of those sprinkler things we had when we were kids. I had one that looked like a clown head. The water sprayed out of multi-colored tubes that were supposed to be his hair. Creepy, huh?

I plan on cooking out every single weekend this summer. We have no yard, but our building does have a courtyard complete with tables and chairs.

Give me all your great summer fun ideas. I want to see at least 25 replies, STAT! Or, I may have to make you read copies of Ladies Home Journal from 1997. Don't make me hurt you. ;-)
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My little china doll.

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hey, i'm new so i'm doing yet another introduction tonight

i joined this community because myself and a small group of friends love dinner parties, and "Drama, style, verve, and very little cash" described us exactly, haha. anyway we've got a valentines party we may be doing and a mad hatter party in the making. anyway add me if you'd like, i'm always up for a good mingle.
robette

Party Planning

As a poor college student, I strive to be as frugal and indulgent as I can. My new(ish) hobby is throwing "fabulous parties," necessarily on the cheap.

I created a community to share themes, ideas, decorations, menus and whatnot: partyplanning.

Our last event ("we" is me and drhackenbush) cost about $300 to feed almost 40 people prime rib, a glazed ham, various desserts and sides, and rent a hall. I'm thinking we're going to have to start potlucking or asking for donations.