Take a second to remember the best parties you’ve ever attended.
Chances are the first thing that springs to mind isn’t the colour of the host’s walls, the ceiling decor or even the tastefully and painstakingly designed centerpieces. What you may remember was how you felt while you were there. This feeling is the secret to planning a spectacular party when your funds are, well, less than spectacular. By focusing on what party-goers will actually remember, you’ll discover that planning a truly awesome party is less dependent on the amount of money you spend and more on the atmosphere you create.
1. Light it up
Ever seen a ‘chick flick’ where the male lead tries to wow his date with a candlelit meal? It may appear cheesy but those movies might be onto something. Lights are an effective way to set the vibe of your party and change the look and feel of a room. Most importantly, lights can be cheap and easy to access! Get creative in the placement and colour of your lights and watch a dull room transform into something magical.
2. Save paper (and money) by sending an email
Planning something a bit more fancy? Save your coins for the important stuff, like food, and send guests an e-invite. Not only will you cut down on party costs, but you’ll also be better able to track RSVPs. Best of all, the internet is full of free and creative invite templates and you will be sure to find one that fits the theme of your party.
3. Unlock your crafty side
Fire up the glue gun and uncover those markers! DIY decor is an easy and inexpensive way to jazz up your environs and make your surroundings fit the vibe you are trying to create. Feeling overwhelmed? Make it a family activity. Together you will be able to makeover any room in no time.
4. It never hurts to take up an offer
“What would you like me to bring?” This is often the first question guests ask following a party invitation. Why not take them up on the offer? Allowing guests to bring a dish helps to cut down on food costs. You can also consider simply making it a potluck party from the start. This provides a great opportunity for your guests to put their talent on show and exchange recipe ideas.
5. You are a star DJ… sort of
Have a speaker and an awesome playlist on your phone? Great! This is all you need to get the party pumping with the best tunes. Access new music online, create multiple playlists, hook your devices up and let the beat do the rest.
If you’re looking for better parties that won’t break the bank, then the above guidelines are for you. Remember, by focusing on creating a pleasant experience for your guests, you eliminate the need to spend money on items that are both unnecessary and immemorable.