Columbus Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas break. We have a host of holidays and long weekends ahead of us, so it’s just the right time to make preparations for the parties ahead. Whether you’re throwing a party or going to one, it is still important to remember that the throwing a party or bringing presents for the host don’t have to be expensive to be nice, nor does it have to be dull and boring just because it is cheap. Here are a few things that anyone can do in order to throw—or come to—a party that’s smashing for everyone, even on a shoestring budget:
Parties are a great social activity not just because it brings people together, but because they could also bring out the creative ideas in a person. A party may require invitations, decorations, food choices, and party favors, all wrapped around a central theme, and that could be considerably costly. So why not skip the ready-made shopping and try your hands at some do-it-yourself crafts for your party? A lot of blogging sites feature crafts for party needs that you can also personalize to your colors, theme, or personality.
A smart way to keep yourself from being overwhelmed with the party preparations is to delegate certain tasks, even to your guests. A pot luck makes for a festive table and also makes the guests feel like they belong to the party, having contributed something to the feast.
Most of the times, people get excited about a party thinking that they wanted to top last year’s celebration, or last year’s gift. An awesome party doesn’t have to be bigger. Try and focus on what really matters. Is this annual party a place of glitz where you could show off, or a tradition that’s supposed to be warm and shared with the most important people? If you don’t need new materials to throw your party, skip the wholesale shopping and use what you have at home, a way to make your party feel even more homey.
Parties practically litter during Christmastime, and if this is the case in the days surrounding or on your party, you can take advantage of the multiple celebrations that your guests may have to go to. Skip the sit-down dinner or lunch, and hold a party during the in-between hours, like brunch or cocktail, serving refreshments, snacks, hors d’oeuvres.
There are a number of areas of a complete party where you can skip and cut costs. Other areas, you can get more of so you give your guests a good time and still save money in the end. You can skip printed invitations and party favors and make use of modern technology. Don’t skimp on photography, however, as you can even make the photos (go crazy with a photo booth) to double as your party favor. Don’t skimp on the drinks, too, but if you’re short on budget, provide plenty of non-alcoholic beverages, and your own cocktail drinks.