With so many family and friends gathering together for the holidays, it’s a season of parties and get-togethers. If you’re throwing a soirée yourself, you may be stressing out with all of the plans. Who should I invite? What food should I serve? Will I have enough food for everyone? How can I keep things fun?
Last month we had friends and family join us over a long weekend, so we understand just how much work it can be to set things up and ensure your party is a success. The good news is that there are plenty of ways you can throw a fantastic party without burning a hole in your wallet. Here are some tips on how to throw an awesome party, while staying within your budget:
- Set a strict party budget. Budgets don’t sound like fun, but you’ll be happy if you stick with your plan. When you can enjoy your company without having to worry about the bills, it’s a huge win.
- Skip the lavish meal and go for fun apps. We can sometimes make things more difficult. People love to get together and eat, so don’t stress over preparing a huge feast and instead focus on some filling apps that allow everyone to mingle and catch up.
- Buy (the right supplies) in bulk. Depending on the size of your party, you may want to grab some items in larger quantities. You can snatch up some deals on paper goods and utensils. However, be sure to check with everyone to confirm whose coming before you buy a ton of food.
- Prep your food. If you’re cooking, spare yourself some stress and go ahead and prep most of it ahead of time.
- Invite people to bring a dish. Potlucks can not only be financially savvy, but a fun way to connect. Have guest bring a special dish from their family and swap stories.
- Keep the decor simple. You don’t need to turn your home into tinsel town. Grab some inspiration from Pinterest and choose one or two things to focus on with your decorations. You can sometimes get a deal at your local arts and craft store.
Whether you throw your party at home, the office, or a special venue, just remember that it’s the people who attend, not the menu, that makes it special. So give yourself a break and make sure you take time during your party to relax and enjoy the company.