The time has come for a party. Not just any party. You want to throw the biggest, most impressive party ever. One your friends will be talking about for years to come. The only problem is…you have a tiny itty bitty budget. When your bank balance doesn’t match your dreams, it is time to get creative. Here are some expensive looking tricks that will keep you right on budget.
Set Your Priorities
It’s easy to get caught up in the minor details. When you’re at the party store or scrolling through pinterest suddenly it seems like you need that chocolate fountain or your event is going to be a complete failure. We’re here to tell you that is not true. Before you even begin to pull out your credit card, sit down and make a list of what you really need. What is the overall goal of your event and what do you need to get there? Focus on these big things and let go of all those expensive little things. At the end of the day, no one will notice that you’re missing a chocolate fountain.
Simplify Your System
Now a days invitations are a bonus gesture. The only real occasions paper invitations are required are during weddings and formal events. For every other event, your guest will be just as happy that you saved some trees and some time and effort sending them an E-card. Now you have spent half the money you would have spent on paper invitations, they are fantastically customizable and you’ll know instantly if your guests can attend or not.
Some services even allow you to send a reminder in case you haven’t heard back on your desired date. You can even make your event super casual and invite everyone on Facebook. Your guest will receive the invitation instantly and will be reminded of when the event is coming up. You can send them instant reminders through the event as well in case you need your guest to complete tasks like bringing their own dish or sticking to a dress code.
When you have picked a theme you want to stick to it! As much fun as it would be to buy every name brand trinket that blasts your theme, it certainly isn’t economic and it isn’t even necessary. Most decorations can be accomplished without bringing out the good china. Simply make a trip around the block or to your local dollar store. Mother nature provides some beautiful decorations that you can switch up to become place cards, centerpieces and more. At the dollar store they have a whole aisle of fun plates, cups, napkins, tablecloths, candles and little give aways. All you have to do is get crafty and watch your party come to life!
The Good Gobbles
You’re not ready to shill out for a filet mignon for your guests but you’re not about to ask them to bring them their own dish. Meet in the middle. Give your guest the variety they want without paying entire prices. Shrink your proportions to appetizer sized snacks. Now everyone can graze freely and you can stay on budget.
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