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How to Throw a Big Party on a Small Budget

By Grace Nakimura on December 21, 2017

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So, you want to throw a big party but you don’t think you have the funds to make it happen? Wrong! You needn’t tons of money to throw a wonderful party. Check out these tips to help you throw a big party on a little budget.


Know Your Budget

The first step to throwing a great party is to know how much you’re wanting to spend. Think about the cost of food, drinks, decorations, entertainment, and anything else you can think of. If you add these costs together and you’re still over budget, then you may want to consider co-hosting with a friend or family member to help split the costs or simply cut your guest list a little bit.

Forget Venues

Steer clear of having your event at a venue if you’re really looking to save some money. Instead, have it at home. If your place is not big enough to house a lot of people, then consider asking a friend or family member with a larger home if they would mind if you hosted at their place.

Cheap Invitations

You do not need fancy invitations to host an epic party. Try paperless invitations. Not only will you be saving money, but you’ll also be doing good for the environment.

Forget the Booze

Alcohol is very expensive. You do not need beer or cocktails to have a great time. This is especially the case if you’re hosting a child’s birthday celebration. If you must have alcohol, consider stores like Trader Joe’s, where you can get decent bottles of wine for only $5.00 each. If beer or hard liquor is a must-have, consider buying in bulk.

DIY Decorations

Almost everyone has heard of Pinterest. Pinterest will be your life saver when it comes to decorating for a party when you’re on a budget. You can really find some awesome ideas from that site. You can also find cheap tableware from discount party supply stores.

Skip the Band or DJ

Professional DJ’s and bands that perform at celebratory events will end up costing you $150.00 or more per hour. That’s insane! Forget hiring professional musicians and use what you already have for musical entertainment. All you really need is a smart phone and a speaker. Connect your phone to the speaker, download the Pandora app on your phone, and let it run.

Keep the Food Simple

Truth is, most of the people on your guest list are not going to be expecting a gourmet meal when they show up for your celebration. Simple food is easier and always way cheaper. Think about pasta dishes, burgers, chicken wings, a taco bar, or even a pizza bar. If you’re really looking to save cash, consider having a potluck meal. For dessert, make homemade cookies, puddings, Jell-O, and mini cupcakes. These are all cheap alternatives to a fancy designed cake.

Check out these alternate food and snack ideas for your party.

Allow Others to Help

Usually when hosting an event, friends and family members will ask you if you need help with anything or they will offer to bring something. Don’t be ashamed or too proud to take them up on their offers. For example, if you realize you’re a few tables or chairs short, simply ask around and see if a person on your guest list can let you borrow their tables or chairs for your event. This will keep you from having to dish out big money for rentals. 

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