Planning a party or event can be a big endeavor. From guests lists to menus, it can be an incredibly daunting task to take on, especially if it’s going to be for an anniversary, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, a christening, graduation, or any other special occasion.
The good news is that your party doesn’t have to cost a small fortune. You can save big on a lot of party planning essentials and throw the party you envision, but on a budget, you can afford. So, you can go ahead and spring for those awesome confetti cannons you’ve always wanted.
Check out these 5 party planning essentials you can save on!
- Play That Funky Music
Music gets the party started, so it’s important to have great music that will keep the flow of the party going while it also compliments the theme of the party itself. There are a lot of options to consider for your party’s music. You can shop around for a DJ or find an amateur that’s looking for party experience (you’d be surprised at how talented they are.) You can even skip the DJ altogether and opt for a pre-made playlist or custom radio station on Spotify or Apple Music tailor-made for your guests.
- The Perfect Venue
The venue of a party can be the highlight or lowlight of an evening with guests. It’s important to find the best venue to host your party, while also making sure it won’t take a hefty amount of your budget.
Consider throwing the party at your home for a more intimate affair with friends or loved ones. If you want something a little more high-end, consider renting a property through a home sharing service or at a specialized event venue. Renting a venue space gives you the opportunity to bring in catering and reduces the amount of prep work you’ll need to do to decorate.
Or, if you want to save as much money as possible while still renting a venue, consider outdoor spaces such as parks or other public places that allow for ample space and easy clean-up.
- Don’t Forget The Party Favors
Every great party as favors for guests to take with them at the end of the night. And even though you’re trying to save money planning your next party, it’s important to remember to give your guests something to thank them for spending time at your event.
Why don’t you try your hand at making party favors for your next event? There are easy treats and sweets for you to make like personalized sugar cookies, seed packs to be planted by your guests, or even beautiful bouquets. The possibilities are endless!
- Planning Your Menu
Food is probably one of, if not the most, important aspects of any party. While good food makes or breaks a party, it definitely doesn’t have to break the bank.
If you are planning a party at home, plan to prepare easy, dishes you can make in advance, such as ones you can create in the slow cooker. If you are planning a party at a venue outside your home, don’t be afraid to shop around for a caterer. There a plenty of independent catering companies that will prepare food for your party with options that your guests are sure to enjoy.
- DIY Decorations to Put It Over the Top
Decorations have the ability to make any event fun and festive. Whether you’re coordinating a color scheme for a boy’s or girl’s christening, silver or gold for a momentous anniversary, or school colors for a graduation, decorations are perfect for setting the mood.
Whether you’re throwing your party at home or holding your event at a professional venue, you can always save money with some DIY decorations. Take a look at Babble for some great, cost-effective DIY party decor and accessories.
Planning a party can be fun and exciting, but it can also be stressful, especially when it comes to making sure everything’s done on time and under budget. However, if you do some careful planning, priority-setting, and DIY work on your end, you can throw a great party while saving time and money! For other great, cost-saving tips, read more at Scrapality!
Author: Carl Turner