Not only can parties be stressful (which we covered here) they can also be expensive! Food, drinks, activities, decor, etc. it can all add up very quickly! I feel like this might be the number one reason why people don’t throw parties, well that and the cleaning issue. Here are 6 ways to save money on parties for your next one!
6 Ways to Save Money on Parties
1. Digital Invitation
I created a digital invitation on Canva (a free design website) and sent out the image through text and Facebook. This saved so much money printing and mailing.
I also followed up to confirm headcount. Don’t be afraid to bug your friends. I kindly texted my friends that were on the fence just reminding them and trying to get a yes or no.
Unfortunately, people are really flaky sometimes and it can be SO frustrating to plan a party for a bunch of people and people back out at the last minute, so just a quick text can save you a lot of money in unneeded food or drink!
2. Strategic Timing
We had our party at 7 PM. Most people would know to eat dinner before coming, so you don’t have to provide as much food. If you want to cut cost on food, go for an after-dinner party or mid-afternoon get together. This saves you from providing a full dinner
3. Use items you already have
Don’t go out and buy all new things for your party. Use platter you already have, knick-knacks and buckets to hold things. I used a side table from my office for the party favors. We also used platters and decor from our wedding for food. It doesn’t all have to match and be perfect!
4. Do it at your house
Even though cleaning can be a pain, it can save so much money to do it at yourself rather than renting a venue or party room at a restaurant.
If you are worried about space, consider doing it outside. We’re lucky that our dining room opens up to our patio, so we just left the doors open and had people float between the two spaces.
5. Check the Target Dollar Spot/Dollar Tree/Amazon
Get a head start early and keep an eye for a good deal anytime you are out. I snagged a cute gold and white bucket for silverware in the Target dollar spot. I grabbed these palm leaves from Amazon $12 for 60 leaves which doubled as decor and labels!
6. Have your guests bring something
When we lived in Fort Worth our friends LOVED to throw parties and it was always bring something you want to eat. Each guest just brought whatever they wanted and it was turned out great. Not only does this cut costs but also lowers the stress knowing you only have to provide a few things!