What can be better than sipping champagne and hanging out with friends? You’ve been waiting long enough to venture out to house parties, now it’s time to throw your own party!
You don’t need a special occasion to organize a lovely gathering, so don’t make excuses and use those party ideas that you’ve been pinning to your Pinterest boards. A party doesn’t need to be expensive, so you can throw one even if you have limited funds. Keep on reading to find out how to save money on a social occasion without sacrificing the fun, because fun doesn’t always come as a big cost.
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1. Use simple invitations
When it comes to any kind of social gathering, you have to inform the guests about important details, such as the date, time, location, and theme. We’re assuming you don’t want to impose a dress code. Sending party invitations is the best way to communicate to your guests what they need to know. It’s not a good idea to buy expensive invitations; it’s not a wedding or a formal event. You’re hosting a simple gathering and there’s no need to splurge your hard-earned money on fancy invitation cards. Keep things simple. If you’re a crafty person, make your own party invitations. Download a template, print it, and mail it directly to your friends. If you have enough time on your hands, write the invitations by hand. The simplest thing to do, though, would be to send the party invitations via email. This is completely free and you can get an answer in no time. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about delivery mistakes.
2. Hold the party in the afternoon
Forget all about night parties and hold the party in the afternoon. Afternoon parties are lighter and people have fewer expectations. Basically, there is no pressure on you or your money. In the United Kingdom, there is nothing that people enjoy more than an afternoon party, where they can sit back and enjoy a nice cup of tea. If you or your guests don’t fancy tea, that is perfectly fine, as you can serve cocktails. You’ll have the chance to catch up with the blessings of the past and have a drink or two before calling it a day. Use baskets or mason jars and your guests will surely be impressed. If you want to go all out, head on over to the store and get more supplies. Get creative with the party display.
3. Hit the supplies store
It’s true that people are the lifeblood of the event, but the atmosphere needs to be fun, happy, and appropriate for the occasion. To throw a party, you need things like banners and tableware. Do your shopping ahead of time. Go to the supplies store and pick up what you need for the party. Don’t enter the most expensive establishment there is. With a couple of pounds, you can purchase many party decorations. If you decide to use ribbon for the party, order enough material from a rosette ribbons store that creates custom ribbons and rosettes. There are many ways in which you can use rosette ribbon at your party. For instance, you can make a fringe chandelier, which is lovely. Better yet, mark the special occasion with zig-zag accordion streamers. Make a list of necessary supplies and place your order right away. If you order more, chances are that you will receive a discount.
4. Make insanely delicious and affordable meals
If you want your party to be a success, make sure to offer guests the best dishes you have. This is the best way to show hospitality. Your social event needs food that is incredibly delicious, but doesn’t cost too much. Here are some examples of tasty, affordable meals:
- Baked eggs – Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and add one tablespoon of cream. After, add one egg, a little bit of cheese, salt and pepper. Bake until the yolk reaches the desired consistency. You can add mushroom slices, if you like.
- Pasta bar – People love pasta in all forms and will enjoy eating it. For the pasta bar, you need several varieties of pasta and sauce, and maybe some garden salad. Cook everything about 3 hours before the guests arrive. Don’t use scented candles because they will make it impossible for the guests to indulge in the smell of the pasta.
- Quesadillas – This Mexican dish is one of the most popular party foods and the best part is that it’s really easy to make. Fold the tortilla so as to make a moon-shaped fold, add freshly grated cheese, and crank up the heat. Oil and butter are optional. In no time, you’ll have a delicious dish to greet your guests.
It’s recommendable not to leave the planning of the menu to the last minute. Consider how many people will be attending the informal event and think about including more variety. Most importantly, take into account your budget – in other words, figure out how much you can and are willing to spend.
5. Choose inexpensive entertainment
Entertainment is said to be the most important part of the party. Not only does entertainment cheer up the guests, but also it makes the party memorable. Chances are that you can’t afford to book the greatest artist of the industry. So, what are you going to do? Well, you can ask your friends to lend a helping hand. You’ll be surprised to find out that they know talented artists, who are looking to break out into the world. The artists need exposure and they’ll be more than happy to come perform at your party. If you don’t want more people attending the party, rent a karaoke machine instead. It’ll be a great deal of fun to watch your friends sing their hearts out.
To sum up, throwing a party on a budget is not difficult. You can do it without skimping on the good stuff. There are many low-cost ways to make a party at your house something to look forward to. Our tips will help you host a big party on a budget. Do you have other suggestions?