Though it is so much fun to be the host of a celebration, it can also bring a lot of stress and unwanted anxiety. And one of the biggest issues people face when hosting and planning an event is staying on a budget.
While it may feel good to get whatever you think the celebration calls for, it isn’t always realistic. So, what are some easy ways to stay on a budget, but still hit the celebration out of the park? Well, don’t worry, because we have a few ideas to help you do just that.
#1: Do-it-yourself décor
Instead of buying all new decorations for a hefty price online or at a party store, take a step back and see what decorations you can make yourself. Once you do that, you will see that there is no need to spend tons of money on balloon arches, photo booth props, and backdrops, when you are capable of doing it yourself.
You can even watch free tutorial videos online to be able to teach yourself to make whatever decoration you are hoping to create. This will help you to save money, which you can then use on things like professionally designed birthday flowers or nice gifts for your guests.
#2: Make it potluck style
One of the most expensive factors of any party is the food and drinks. Don’t burden yourself with that entire load. Let your guests know that the celebration will be potluck style for food and drinks. This takes a major financial burden off of you, and a lot of planning off your plate.
If you want to be sure that there are a variety of foods, though, don’t be afraid to assign your guests a type of food to bring (i.e. appetizers, main dish, dessert, drinks, etc.). This will help to eliminate the guesswork of what to shop for while ensuring there is something for everyone.
#3: Use what you already have
It may be tempting to buy paper plates, napkins, and plastic cutlery that fit the theme of your celebration, but that is a big waste of money and resources, especially when you most likely have reusable versions of all those items in your cupboard.
So, get out your most festive glasses, ceramic plates, and cloth napkins, and set them out for the party. Saving money has never been easier.
#4: Create a plan and stick to it
The easiest way to make sure you stay on a budget is to create a plan and stick to it. Write down every aspect of the party that you are hoping to accomplish, figure out what it will cost, and make your plan.
By writing a plan down, you are ensuring that you have a reference to go back to, and points to check on yourself with. This means there will be no impulse buys, purchases you regret, or elements that don’t fit the proposed party. You will feel good knowing that you stuck to your plan and accomplished such a fun, successful party, while staying on budget.
#5: Send digital invites and thank you notes
Nowadays, there is no need to send out paper invites and thank you notes. There are so many digital services out there that will help you to accomplish the same goal for free. This makes it easier for your guests to RSVP and add the event to their digital calendars. Plus, digital invites and thank you notes don’t hog up space on their fridge or countertop!
It isn’t easy, but sticking to a budget as a host can be done. Stick with your plan, be resourceful, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Happy hosting. We hope you and your guests have a smashing good time.