Parties can be quite expensive sometimes. Keeping your budget in check while planning a party can be a real challenge but it is not impossible. So are some ideas on how to throw a party on a budget
Know your budget
Decide how much you’ll spend. Add up the cost of drinks, food, and decorations. If you are over your budget, consider trimming your guest lists or recruit a good friend to co-host with you to split the cost.
Have it at home
Instead of having your party somewhere else, have at your party at home. It’s convenient and not to mention, free. If your space is not big enough to accommodate your guest lists, do it at a friend’s house or in place that is a free.
Let your guests pitch in
No one wants to show up to a party empty-handed, and regardless of what you tell them, your guests will always want to bring something. So ask each invitee to bring something that will help you keep your own expenses down, such as an appetizer, dessert, or bottle of wine to share
Trim your guest list
The easiest way to keep your party on budget is by trimming your guest list. Only invite people according to your budget. Keep your party intimate if you have limited budget.
Don’t serve cocktails. Stocking a full bar is pricey. Cheapest option: Only serve beer and wine. Either way, plan on one to two drinks per person per hour, and set out sodas, juice, and water so guests can pace themselves. A cool idea if you’re serving beers by having custom can coolers as party favors.
Send Invitations via email
Unless your next party is a very formal affair, skip the overpriced paper invites in favor of the email variety. Design your own at home using a free online graphic editor. Not only will you save on paper and postage, but managing your guest list will be a breeze.
It is fun to decorate your whole house with party attributes but that is going to cost you a lot and you are going to throw away everything anyway! Unless you’re throwing a children’s party, go on easy on the decorations. Also, playing sound great music in the background brightens the mood and can be a great substitute to decorations.