Party planning is always a blast...until you look at your budget. It seems impossible to plan the perfect event without a little extra cash to spend. No matter what kind of budget you have, planning a great get together with friends and loved ones can easily be done by utilizing your current resources and making smart purchases. Here is a simply guide to staying within budget for your big bash!
The first step in party planning is to figure out what you already have. It is likely that you have disposable dinnerware
somewhere in your pantry. You most likely also have plenty of glassware
. However, if you're running a little low you should probably consider buying more disposables for your upcoming event. You don't have to worry about guests breaking your glassware or using multiple plates. Plus, when you have lots of guests the cost of supplies goes down significantly.
You also might want to try scrounging through your scraps of material and paper to see if you can make your own unique decorations. Check out Buzzle.com's easy guide to Homemade Party Decorations
Avoid the stores that there specifically for party supplies. Not only do they mark up all of their items, they know that you will spend the money once inside their venue. Instead, visit your local dollar stores and flea markets. They have simple party favors, decorations
, and snack foods.
Consider making your own food instead of having the event catered. You can purchase your own quality chafing dishes
to use numerous times and you can allow your guests to prepare their own party favorites. Just make sure to inform guests of your theme (if you have one) and let them know that you will be providing everything else. Check out our blog entry on Simple, Delicious Hors D'oeuvre
Determine Your "Must-Haves"
Is champagne really a must-have? What about linens
? If you can cut out some of your "must-haves" for a more simply done event you can greatly cut back on your spending. Instead of champagne, buy prosecco. Instead of linens, buy paper tablecloths. If the point of your event is for guests to mingle and be laidback, then allow yourself to feel that away about the event while planning it. Remember the milestone that you're celebrating and why you're celebrating it. The party shouldn't be about the superficial details, but about the individual or event that brought you all together in the first place.
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