Throwing a party is great fun but if you’re not careful, it can quickly start costing you much more than you originally planned.
Today we’re going to let you in on a couple of our top tips for how to throw a party on a budget – without putting a dampener on any of the celebrations.
Read on for our top money-saving tips for decorations, party food and party venues without the huge price tag. And if you have any cheap party tips of your own, share them with us in the comments below!
Top tips for throwing a party on a budget
Throw the party at home
Throwing your party at home means no fees to rent out a hall or a bar and more money to spend on food, drinks and decorations.
And if you’re blessed with good weather, why not throw the party in the garden? You can create a really good party atmosphere by putting up a gazebo (borrow one from a friend if you can) and decorating it with fairy lights like this.
Basically if you put in a bit of effort to make it special, throwing a party at home can be just as fun as hiring a venue.
Don’t invite the whole world and his wife
This may seem obvious but the more people you invite, the more people you’re going to have to feed. Keep the cost down by limiting the guest list to 30 or so.
Don’t worry, this doesn’t necessarily mean cutting people off the guest list and offending them. It just means be sensible; that friend of a friend of a friend who you met once, two years ago, probably doesn’t need to be invited.
Buy a party pack
If you’re trying to throw a kids’ party on a budget, our number 1 tip is to buy a party pack. They contain all the basics you need for a birthday party, including plates, cups, napkins, a tablecloth and basic decorations, and buying everything together is much cheaper than buying it all separately.
Plus there are party packs for pretty much every kids’ party theme going, including Frozen, Despicable Me and One Direction, and once you’ve got all your basic party supplies, you can add additional party decorations. Browse all our full range of kids’ party packs here.
Buy multipack decorations
It’s not a party without decorations, but they can add to the cost of throwing a party. Our advice is to keep your decorations simple, and buy them in multipacks. Take balloons – they can instantly transform a party venue and you can get your hands on a pack of them for relatively little cost. Perfect for throwing a cheap party without scrimping on decs.
Hanging decorations like this are also pretty good value and you don’t need many of them to create a striking look. The same goes for scene setters – if you’re throwing a themed party, a scene setter like this that covers the whole wall will instantly transform the room for just a couple of pounds.
Stock up on plastic glasses and pitchers
Worried you won’t have enough glasses for everyone? We’d recommend stocking up on plastic ones as they look just as good as glass ones and you can even wash and re-use them for your next party. Plus you won’t have to worry about any breakages!
Party food on a budget
Ask your guests to contribute
Catering a party can feel like trying to feed a small army – and the cost of that ain’t cheap!
Our advice is to put on a buffet and ask each guest to bring something to contribute towards it. For example, one guests brings sandwiches, one brings sausage rolls, another brings cupcakes, and you’ll easily be able to spread the cost of party food.
If you’re throwing a party for adults, the same goes for alcohol. This can make up a huge proportion of the cost of the a party so it’s not unreasonable to ask your guests to contribute if they want to drink.
It’s actually fairly common to write ‘BYOB’ on your invitations – this stands for ‘bring your own beer’ and will let your guests know that the drinks aren’t all on you! However, we do recommend providing a little something to show you’re a charitable host – maybe a couple of bottles of wine and plenty of coke, lemonade, etc.
Ready to start planning your party? Head over to the Party Delights shop to stock up on everything you need.