If you’re looking to plan a party, but you can’t quite foot such a bill, there are a few ways that you can plan a party at home on a budget. All it takes it some time and whole lot of creativity. A party can be as laid back as movie party or as fancy as a fine dining event. In my opinion, you can go to these extremes on any budget.
How to Plan a Party at Home on Budget
To plan a party at home on a budget, you should pay attention to your budget; the type of party that you want to host; how many people you want to invite; the type of food you will be services; the type of entertainment you will provide and the methods that you will use to invite guests to the party.
1. Set a budget – Be honest.
This will ultimately determine what type of party you can have. If extra money is out of the question, you should consider hosting a ”Bring Your Own Dish” party. This is a popular idea that can float anytime during the year. Your guests would be responsible for bringing the dishes and beverages. You can supply the flatware, and dinnerware and decorations.
2. Decide on the type of party.
Deciding what type of party you want to have will set the tone for the rest of your planning process. You will notice that your budget plays a big part in the type of party that you can have. You can make your party into a barbecue, a cocktail party, a movie party, or even a girls’ night out party.
3. Create a guest list.
When planning a guest list, be mindful of the numbers. If your staying withing a particular budget, it would be wise to keep your numbers to a minimum. And because you’re having the party at your house, think about how much space you have.
4. Plan the menu.
You should make a note of your guests’ allergies and preferences. It would be embarrassing to serve all meat dishes when one of your guests is a vegetarian. You can also ask your guests to bring a specialty dish. Another idea is to serve finger food and other hors d’oeuvres. Also include the types of beverages you want to serve on your menu.
5. Decide on entertainment.
Instead of dishing out money to a professional deejay, ask your friends and family for music. This would save you lots of money. If you’re doing a movie party, consider renting movies and asking family and friends to borrow their collection.
6. Send out your invitations.
This step is totally up to you. Many people just send an email or make a phone call to inform guests about the party. But let the type of party decide what you do. If you go the invitation route, you should be able to find some reasonable invitations for sale or you can get creative and make your own.