Hosting a Party on a Budget
Hosting a party is a great way to spend time with friends and family, but they can be expensive if you don’t plan ahead. By taking time to shop around for the best deals and planning your menu ahead of time, you can throw a great party on a budget. Your guests won’t even know you didn’t spend a fortune!
Food is perhaps the most important part of a party, and it is also the most expensive part. Save money by planning your party for late afternoon or after dinner so you won’t have to serve a big meal. If you do want to serve a meal, consider serving lunch or brunch because the menu will be cheaper than serving dinner. Plan the menu in advance so you can buy food on sale. Also use coupons to get a great deal at the local grocery store.
For informal gatherings, consider asking guests to bring a dish to share. If the party has a theme, ask guests to bring food that fits with the theme. Or you can have a pot luck party in which guests bring the dish of their choice.
The party venue is another large expense. For a small or informal gathering, your home is an appropriate budget-friendly option. If you need to have the party elsewhere, call around for the best deals. Popular party venues often charge more on Friday and Saturday nights. Consider having your party on a weeknight or Sunday for a better rate.
Once you plan your food budget and cost per person, decide how many people you can afford to invite. If you can’t invite everyone you want to, you may have to cut expenses elsewhere. Getting a cheaper venue or serving less expensive food can help you save money that can be used to have more guests.
For informal parties, you can send email invitations to guests so you can save money on invitations and postage. If etiquette requires that you send a formal invitation, consider printing them yourself. You can print professional-looking invitations at home by purchasing a custom-designed invitation or designing them yourself.
The type of decorations you need depends on your theme, but you can often find decorations at discount stores. If you throw a lot of parties, consider reusing older decorations. You can change ribbon color or add accents to older pieces so they are like new again.
Planning a party on a budget is possible if you plan carefully!