Having the opportunity to see a solar eclipse is rare for most people. Because of this, people who enjoy all things celestial go above and beyond to make sure they celebrate accordingly. For instance, solar eclipse aficionados may come together and throw a party.

As with many types of events, having a quality celebration can be costly depending on how detailed you make it. So, some end up simply watching the eclipse rather than having a memorable party. Fortunately, you can have the best of both worlds. If planned correctly, you can host a cost-effective solar eclipse party with those who appreciate it most.

If you’re new to throwing this type of event, here are some simple ways to host a solar eclipse celebration on a budget.

Make Your Own Decorations

Throwing a themed event needs decorations, right? Unfortunately, purchasing custom decorations can be an expensive addition to your party budget. A loophole to remedy this cost is to make your own. Make anything from a solar photo booth to hanging decor to take your party from regular to spellbinding. You can use different materials including cardboard, paper, and even papier mâché to craft your own moons and sky-related decorations. Best of all, you can get your guests in on the fun.

Make Some Party-Themed Drinks

Having a party with drinks can be cost-effective if you plan correctly. For instance, you can throw a BYOB where everyone crafts a solar eclipse cocktail for the other guests to try. Or, you can have people bring their favorite spirit and you can provide the mixers. Choose sodas and juices that sound star-like to make the cocktails fit the theme even better. Soda flavors like sun-drop can make the perfect citrus-flavored cocktail before the eclipse starts.

Organize a Scavenger Hunt

Since you’ll know what time the eclipse is expected to begin, you can have a fun activity leading up to the main event. You can separate guests into Team Moon and Team Sun with thought-evoking clues. If you want, you can even add some fun prizes for the winning team.

Watch the Eclipse in Style

Since the eclipse is the point of the gathering, you want to make sure you elevate the experience. Many solar eclipse watchers invest in eclipse glasses. Eclipse glasses help you maximize your viewing potential because they actually protect your retinas. When you try viewing an eclipse in plain sight, your eyes are vulnerable to damage without a barrier.

Eclipse glasses are similar to sunglasses, so many people simply interchange them. Do not make this mistake, especially if you’re watching the eclipse in plain view. Although they aren’t as common as a sunset, you and your friends can always reuse these glasses for other eclipses.

If you enjoy watching eclipses, there’s no reason you can’t have fun within your budget. By implementing the previously mentioned tips, you can make your event worth remembering for years to come. Even with a small budget, you can host a solar eclipse celebration both you and your guests will enjoy.