There is a birthday or celebration coming up in your household, and you would love to throw a party, but money is tight, and you don’t think you can afford it. Don’t worry, just because money is tight, it doesn’t mean that you can’t throw a fantastic party.
While throwing a party on a budget can be easily done, it is important to realise that for a successful party, more hard work will be needed. For example, a millionaire can throw a lavish party with little or no effort, whereas, you will need to work a little harder to make your party a success.
For all our top tips to throwing a fantastic party on a budget, have a read of this.
Before doing anything sit down and work out exactly how much you can afford to spend on your party. Once you know how much you have to work with, it will be much easier to get organised and start the party planning preparations.
Don’t buy invitations
Unless you are planning a wedding party or other formal event, there is no need to buy paper invitations. Instead, opt for email, text or Facebook invites - they are free to create and are ideal for sending all the information to the guests.
As well as sending out electronic invites, create a Facebook group to discuss the party arrangements. You can use your Facebook party group page to discuss the play list and take any requests. As well as, to discuss food and to suggest things people could bring along to help out.
Host the party at your home
To save money, chose to host the party at your home, instead of at a pricey venue.
If your house is too small for a party, consider holding the party in your garden in a marquee or the home or garden of friends or relatives.
Get creative or buy budget decor
Instead of splashing out on expensive decorations, either opt for the budget alternative, or you can make the decorations yourself.
Don’t go out and buy all new cutlery and crockery, instead go for a mix and match effect. Not only does this give a unique feel to your party, it will also save you money.
Don’t overspend on food
Food can be incredibly expensive to buy, so it is a good idea to make the food for the party buffet yourself. If you struggle on your own, enlist friends or party guests to help - perhaps you could ask each guest to bring a sweet or savoury dish along.
To keep the costs low, opt for snack foods that you can easily make from scratch. Pasta salads, quiches, sandwiches, hummus and carrot or cucumber sticks, bread rolls, cheese straws, etc. are all ideal for parties.
Alcohol and drinks
Buying alcohol can be one of the most expensive parts of throwing a party, especially if you need to buy a variety of different types of alcohol.
To keep the costs of drinks as low as possible, buy alcohol online from discount stores and sites, and suggest that each guest brings a bottle along to help.
Don’t hire a DJ
Unless you have a friend who DJ’s, hiring a professional can be incredibly expensive. Instead, download music apps onto your smart phone or tablet and connect it up to a docking station and use that to play music.
Create three or four different play lists beforehand, so that there is lots of music variety for your guests to dance to.
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