Parties! Parties everywhere! Parties for everything . . .
Everybody seems to think that planning a party or event has to be extravagant and expensive. Parents throw their kids a million dollar first birthday party – seems a bit extreme, considering they won’t even remember it! It doesn’t have to be that way though.
When you say you’re going to plan an event on a budget, the idea of fun can go out the window, replaced by anxiety about cutting costs. Budgets don’t have to suck the fun out of planning your event, and they can actually be quite fun. It’s pretty satisfying and rewarding to look back at the end of your event and know that you didn’t have to break the bank to have a great time.
There are so many helpful tools and templates available for you to use. Pinterest has been a great resource for me for all sorts of budget tips, activity ideas, do-it-yourself projects, and more.
Last year I planned a double bridal shower. But as a poor college student, I knew I needed a budget. I wanted to plan the party for under $100 – and I did it!
My first step was to use the resources I had available to me. Renting out a space is expensive, so I asked around and found out that my church would let me use their fellowship hall for free. An added bonus of holding it at the church was that they also offered to let us use any and all decorations we could find there. After a little digging, my friends and I found lights, tulle, flowers, pebbles, table cloths, vases, and even a set of wedding bells! We didn’t have to buy a single decoration.
Next, I had to figure out a plan for the food. Food will most likely be your greatest expense. Consider the time of your party – does it fall during a meal time, or can you serve “snacky” foods instead? I wanted to have a variety so everyone could find something they liked. It’s easy to go overboard though, so plan ahead. Know what foods you would like to serve and price it out before actually purchasing. Be flexible. You may have to make changes or cut certain things out. Buy the generic brands (they’re really not that much different).
Lastly, I needed games, activities, something to keep the guests busy and the energy high. I found games on Pinterest and modified them to fit my needs. I purchased most of the items I needed at the dollar store, and I even made some of my own. I used the chalkboards from my dorm room to make the signs and directions for the games.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a great party! Just remember:
1. Ask around – use your resources before going out and buying everything you think you need right away
2. Be flexible – price things out and make changes to your plan when necessary
3. Do it yourself – make your own games and activities
Go plan your next party without breaking the bank!