Hosting a party takes some planning, a little bit of effort and a few dollars. However, if you don’t have a lot of the latter ingredient, we have good news. You can still throw an awesome housewarming party on a budget. With a few tips and tricks on how to throw your perfect party without spending too much money, here’s Ryan Homes at Brunswick Crossing’s list of helpful hints:
Make a budget. The first rule of good party planning is to make a budget. Consider the cost of food, entertainment, decorations and other party necessities. Once you've done that, factor in how many guests will be attending. The second rule to good party planning is to stick to your budget, no matter what.
Pick a theme. Sticking to a theme is a good idea for a lot of reasons. Firstly, you'll eliminate some stress by having a cool idea upon which to base your invites, decorations and food. Since everything will match, it makes sticking to the budget easier.
Be your own Hallmark. Once you've picked a theme, start with the invitations. To save a little dough, make your invites from scratch. Grab a few colored pencils and get your creative juices flowing, or use ready-made, printable invitations from Pingg. To save money on postage, deliver your invites in person. However, if you’re on a time crunch…
Use digital invites. Feel free to use social media like Facebook to invite your friends and family to your get-together -- just be sure to make the event private so RSVPs don't get out of control. By using these digital posts, you'll save time, money and the environment. You can also use online services like Evite for personalized, paperless invites.
Buy budget décor. There’s no doubt that expensive decorations can take a party to the next level, but you can still find or make awesome decorations on a budget. Pinterest is a party planner’s dream come true. (We have one, too!) There, you can find tons of DIY ideas, like turning Dollar Store votive candles into jaw dropping centerpieces. If you don't have time for a DIY project, you can never go wrong with simple flowers in a vase or a few colorful balloons to spruce up the place. These ideas will save you some cash and make your party look like a million bucks.
Supply cheap eats. You don’t have to cook Thanksgiving dinner to impress your guests. Instead of a 4-course meal, offer a buffet of appetizers. Include chips and dip, a fruit platter, a vegetable tray, mini sandwiches, hot dogs or deviled eggs. If you’re in the mood to cook, consider going back to Pinterest for quick, easy recipes then buying bulk ingredients to save some coin.
Use your phone to play DJ. Free mobile music apps like Pandora and iHeartRadio play thousands of free stations and allow users to create custom stations from millions of songs. You can also create your own playlist from iTunes then plug in some speakers. By playing DJ with your phone, you’ll save a ton of money on hiring someone to play music.
Provide more entertainment. Music is a good start to entertainment, but if you want a little more excitement, break out the board games, a deck of cards, or some videogames. It’s easy and fun!
Let your guests help. If your guests ask what they can bring, don’t shy away from taking them up on their kind offer. Keep your request small though, like asking for a cool party game or a few bottles of soda.
Throwing an awesome housewarming party doesn’t have to cost your life savings. With a few hand-made decorations, some digital invitations and free entertainment, your party is sure to be the talk of the town.