Let’s face it, there is a lot that goes into a good party and it is easy to get carried away with all the planning. Often after choosing just a few of the necessities, it can leave you wondering where the budget went. Here are some helpful tips that can keep you on track when partying on a budget.
Surprisingly, the best way to save on decorations is to not set foot in a party store. It might be tempting to buy everything on the rack in the same generic pattern. However, the result can become quite expensive, yet still unimpressive.
Yes, handmade decorations may take a little more time but the trick is to keep it simple and use inexpensive materials such as paper or balloons. Pinterest is full of ideas when it comes to simple paper crafting such as paper pinwheels, banners, chains and lanterns. Grouping different sizes and colors of balloons together can also make a statement that won’t break the bank.
It is easy to drop $150 to $200 on a cake for an event and if you are like many people, baking your own is not always an option. So play up the drama with a beautiful tiered cake and try this. I have found that the easiest way to achieve a professional looking cake at less than half the price is to take advantage of those $10 smash cakes at Albertsons.
Have them make a five inch smash cake and a nine inch round cake that look just alike. Take them home, and simply stack the five inch on top of the nine inch, add a few embellishments, and boom, you’ve got yourself a beautiful tiered cake for only $50.
Swag Bags and Party Favors
For most parties, a swag bag is a bit much but how necessary are party favors? Party favors are not meant to cost a lot but it is still an expense that may not be necessary. Through personal experience, they usually seem like an afterthought and sometimes even get forgotten in all the hustle and bustle of everyone trying to round up kids to leave.
Instead, opt for something that they can wear or use to participate in the party such as a personalized paper crown or a themed plastic cup with their name on it. It’s also fun to let the memory of the experience be the take away as well.
Hopefully these few tips come in handy the next time you plan a party. Remember to have fun with it and enjoy the experience of creating something personal and unique.