7 Savvy Party Planning Tips on a Budget
Are you ready to throw an epic bash without breaking the bank?
Well, you're in luck because today we're going to spill the beans on some fabulous ways to get savvy and save money when hosting a party.
Whether it's a birthday celebration, a baby shower, or a girls' night in, these tips will help you save those precious pennies while still creating a beautiful and memorable event.
Before we dive in, here's the most important part...
Plan ahead and decide + stick to your budget!
First things first, let's get organised. Before you start buying decorations and sending out invites, take a moment to plan ahead and set a budget.
Figure out how much you're willing to spend and allocate specific amounts for different party elements. Having a clear budget in mind will help you make smarter spending decisions throughout the planning process.
Tip #1 Embrace the DIY Spirit
One of the easiest ways to save money is by rolling up your sleeves and getting your DIY on. From decorations (like our DIY Balloon Garland Kit) to party favours, there is a DIY out there to suit your party theme and budget.
The best part about DIY? It's not just about the end result; it’s a part of the party-lovers journey. Gather your friends, put on your favourite playlist and unleash the creativity! We guarantee you'll have a blast, and the memories created during this party prepping DIY extravaganza will be just as precious as the finished decorations.
Tip #2 Skip the Catering
Who says you have to do all the cooking?
Embrace the potluck party concept and invite your guests to bring a dish. This not only saves you money on food and catering expenses but also adds a fun and diverse culinary experience to your party. Ask each guest to bring a specific dish, like a fruit platter or desserts, to ensure a balanced spread. Your guests will love being part of the feast, and you can focus on other aspects of the party.
If you're not up for a potluck, don't fret. You can still save money by thinking outside the catering box. Opt for simple and budget-friendly food options like a build-your-own taco bar, a pasta station, or even a DIY burger grill. These self-serve stations not only save you money (and time) but also allow your guests to customise their meals according to their preferences.
Tip #3 Shop Smart
When it comes to party supplies, a little smart shopping can go a long way.
Look out for sales, discounts, party bundles and buy your supplies in bulk if you can, as it often works out cheaper in the long run.
Consider shopping online and purchase high-quality party supplies and reusable decorations too. Don't be afraid to mix and match from different sources to create your dream party setup at an affordable price.
Tip #4 Go Digital with Invitations
Traditional paper invitations can be charming, but they can also burn a hole in your pocket. Opt for digital invitations instead. There are plenty of free online platforms that offer beautiful templates you can customize and send to your guests via email or social media.
Not only will you save money on printing and postage, but you'll also be doing your part for the environment. It's a win-win!
Tip #5 DIY Party Entertainment
Entertainment doesn't have to cost a fortune either. Get creative and plan some DIY activities and games for your guests to enjoy. Set up a photo booth area (our Garland Kits make the perfect backdrop) with props, organise budget-friendly kids activities, or create your own karaoke area. With a little imagination, you can make your party an unforgettable experience without spending a ton of money.
Tip #6 BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage)
Drinks can quickly become one of the most expensive aspects of hosting a party. To save some cash, embrace the "BYOB" concept. Encourage your guests to bring their favourite beverages. This way, everyone gets to enjoy their preferred refreshment, and you won't have to foot the entire bill.
Tip #7 Keep the Guest List Intimate
While it's tempting to invite everyone you know, keeping the guest list small and intimate can help you save money. Not only will you have more control over your budget, but you'll also be able to spend quality time with your nearest and dearest. Remember, it's the people that make a party memorable, not the number of attendees.
So, there you have it, party-planners! With these money-saving tips up your sleeve, you're ready to host the most amazing party without emptying your wallet. Remember to enjoy the process and have fun!