Planning an Event on a Budget
If you've ever hosted any kind of party, you know that it can get pricey - and fast! Here are some tips that we have to help you plan your wedding, next birthday, or dinner party without breaking the bank.
1. Set Your Budget and Stick to It
If you're like me, when you're planning a party, you'll keep coming up with more and more awesome ideas to make it better! As much as you may want to use all of these great ideas, it can cause your spending to get quickly out of hand. When you first decide to plan an event, start off with setting a budget for the whole thing. Then, break the budget up into different categories, like food, decor, and favors. Once you've got the breakdown, stick to it! If you do your research, you can usually find ways to make any sized budget work for you.
2. DIY Where You Can
Do it yourself weddings, home renovations, and projects of all kinds have become hugely popular. Choosing some DIY options not only lets you be more involved, but it can also save you a fortune. Too much DIY can become overwhelming, but selecting a few projects to take on will help you to stretch your budget.
3. Use Pinterest with Caution
Pinterest is an incredible resource where you can find countless ideas for any type of event of various sizes and themes. Many people, myself included, will turn to Pinterest to find inspiration for each new project or party. Trouble arises when Pinterest leads us to unrealistic expectations for our planning. It's important to remember that certain elements can count as a splurge and some should not - not EVERY aspect of your party needs to be "Pinterest worthy!"
4. Be Smart with Your Guest List
The guest list can be a major point of contention in planning an event. Disagreements about who should make the cut are all too common. Many feel that if they invite one cousin, they must invite them all or that if someone invited you to their last party, you have to invite them to yours. At the end of the day, there's no way to make everyone happy. A great rule to follow is if you couldn't imagine your day without someone there, put them on the guest list.
5. Plan Ahead
As much as possible, plan ahead on purchasing your decor, plates, napkins, tablecloths, and other nonperishable items! You‘ll be able to get exactly what you want, and it will likely be a lot less expensive. Did you know that you can sometimes order in linen tablecloths that are cheaper than the plastic ones? Are you sure your local Target carries the correct size of clear plastic cup? If you take the time to do your research, there will be much less reason to stress!
Planning any type of event can no doubt be super stressful. Often times, it’s the cost that scares us. We hope our quick tips are able to help ease your stress as you plan your next party!