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DIY: How to Throw a Ghetto Fabulous Garden Party

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Ahhh…spring. All of this pollen in the air, clear blue skies and sunshine have really made me want to throw a huge BBQ in my backyard. The problem is, I don’t want to spend a fortune on supplying the goods for this gathering. Then it dawned on me. What could be cheaper than a Ghetto Fabulous Garden Party? Here are some tips on throwing a fun, low-cost theme party, right in your own backyard.

Make Ghetto Grub

You don’t have to spend a fortune on food for your guests if you keep it simple and make things with the least ingredients possible. Here are a few simple ideas you can make for under $50.

On the grill: Chicken Wings, Ribs, Spicy Louisiana Sausages.

Recipe for Homemade Zippy BBQ sauce:
1 cup of ketchup
1 cup water
3 tsp dry mustard
1/3 cup cider vinager
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup of chopped onion
Worcester sauce, salt, pepper, cumin to taste

In the Slow Cooker: Baked Beans, Li’l Wieners, Collard Greens

On the side: Coleslaw, Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Pretels

For Dessert: Ambrosia Salad, Apple Pie and a tub of Red Vines

Drink Cheap Booze

Let’s face it. When you’re broke, you want an alcoholic beverage that is cheap and effective. Malt liquor and sweet wine typically do the trick. Opt for cold beverages such as 40 oz’s of Mickey’s, Miller High Life or King Cobra. Get your money’s worth by buying whatever has the highest alcohol percentage. Take it back to your high school days, and buy a few bottles of Boone Farm’s Strawberry Hill and Fuzzy navel. Make a pitcher of Gin and Juice, using highly nutritious red Kool-Aid as the juice. The girls will be dancing on top of the picnic table in no time. Tell your guests to bring some Night Train or Mad Dog 20/20 if they really want to jiggy wit’ it.

Play 90’s Hip-Hop

It would be really cool to have a ghetto blaster at the Ghetto Fabulous Garden Party – even better if the speakers are blown out and the bass sounds like crap. Find your old CDs and play some Snoop Dogg and Warren G to regulate this party. Download some old 90’s hip-hop to make a bumpin’ playlist. Or just connect your computer to some speakers and set up Pandora to the Li’l Kim station. You should probably have the movie Friday playing continuously on your TV, to keep your guests entertained when they need to go inside to use the restroom or grab a cold 40 oz. from the fridge.

Dress the Part

I know some people think it is totally lame to dress up for parties, but I don’t care. I love it. Sport a Ghetto Fabulous get-up if you can. I’m thinking leopard-printed Lee Press On Nails, hot pink spandex and an air-brushed T-shirt with my name on it. Big hoops and flashy jewelry will top it off. Guys can wear fake gold chains, wife-beaters and flannels. (Just hope that nobody gets their ass kicked on their way over…)

Ghetto Fabulous Activities

Set up a table with several chairs for playing dominos. Use the picnic table for a blunt rolling contest. If you have a ping-pong table, get some plastic cups to play beer-pong (but that may be more frat party style than ghetto fabulous). Set up a table and chair for a hair braiding/nail painting station. If you have a kiddie pool, fill it with ice and keep all the beverages chilled. A Slip ‘n’ Slide would be amazing. Otherwise, just run through the sprinklers in your underwear.

Be sure to invite the guys from your local Corner Store and enjoy your Ghetto Fabulous Day!

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Heidi works for a non-profit cultural exchange organization helping others experience life from a different perspective. She likes magnetizing the obscure and scavenging the city for fun, free things to do. She is a world traveler, a freelance writer and a spontaneous chef. She is also said to be part-mermaid.


  1. April 19, 2011 at 7:13 am

    I am planing to give party to my friends next month in my patio area.For it i buy furniture for outdoor,Now am bit confused about dishes which i have to made for my friends.

    • Heidi Smith - The Ultimate Scavenger
      April 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      you can choose whatever type of dishes you would like to serve. My recommendation in this article was geared towards a “hip-hop” ghetto inspired theme – but you can of course choose any food you think will suit your own garden party. My idea here was that to throw a party with things that broke-ass people like us can afford! Good luck!