Parties are fun but also expensive. They require money and a lot of time and effort. Here are a few tips to help you save money while throwing a party, but also to make it a successful one.
Guests make your party. The amount of guests you invite will determine how much money you have to spend. Normally, by having a smaller amount of guests, you will be able to have a more personalized party. With a lot of guests, your focus will not be on small activities but rather on making the guests feel comfortable (and enjoying yourself too!).
Food is the major part of a party. Depending on the number of guests, the price of providing food varies. Often with a small group, something ‘fancy’ like steak, lobster, or a complex dish is manageable. But, with a large amount of people, hot dogs, burgers, would be entirely acceptable.
Decorations show the party spirit. Normally, you can get cheap decorations for $1 at a local dollar store or party company. They are great to have but don’t have to be the main concern of the party. If you want a classy party, you could decorate with fresh flowers, candles, and ribbons; if you want a relaxed style party, streamers, balloons, and banners might be convenient.
Games help your guests to interact with each other. Unless you are willing to spend a large amount of money on prizes, consider buying cheap prizes to the ‘winning team’ or the winner. Or, don’t give a prize at all! Games don’t need to have prizes to be fun!
Invitations come in many different shapes and sizes. There are many websites that send electronic invitations for free, such as Evite and Punchbowl. Cards are nicer to receive but costlier. The cost of postage stamps and cards combined could be more than you want to spend.
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