It is always great to get together with friends and have a few drinks, although when you consider the costs you may choose to avoid planning an elaborate get together. With this article, you will see that you no longer need to be apprehensive about having a great party, because there are so many ways that you can save while you have fun.
Start with an Invite
Gone are the days when people used to send out formal invitations for parties. This is excellent because formal invitations have design and printing costs and sometimes postal charges. Now that everyone is electronically connected, the best platform for sending out an invitation should be either through multimedia messages or email. That way, should you decide to throw an impromptu party, you are assured your invitation will reach the relevant people.
House Party for Adults
When throwing a house party for adults, you should never foot the entire bill -your party attendees can split the costs. To save on catering costs, ask each guest to bring a dish of their choice. This way you will have a variety of dishes. On your end, prepare salads and serve fruit. These dishes are cost effective, healthy and make great accompaniments to snacks, main course dishes and desserts.
It is always cheaper to buy hard liquor as opposed to buying crates of beers. Therefore, purchase one bottle of hard liquor and mix with fizzy fruit drinks to make a long lasting punch. To top it up, theme your party as BYOB (bring your own bottle). Every guest should come with a bottle of their favorite drink. You will have plenty of drink to go around and spend less from your pocket.
Formal Party for Adults
Throwing a party in a club or hotel can be very expensive, and the best way to save is to manage your bar costs. Purchase a fixed amount of drinks from the bar, and if guests want to drink beyond your quota, they should pay in cash. Do not have an open bar. For food, consider ordering platters instead of a buffet or a la carte menu. This encourages sharing and socializing and definitely saves on per head costs.
When throwing a kid’s party, prepare healthy meals. For example use a fresh supply of fruits and make a fruit platter, frozen fruit pops or even fruit tartlets. The trick to encouraging the kids to eat is in the presentation as kids will love a well-presented meal. Have plenty of drinks to go around, either fresh fruit juice or water. You could request other parents to come with a party dish as well to add on to what you have prepared.
Instead of hiring a clown or some professional to come entertain and amuse the kids, join the kids and play fun games with them.
Although you must spend a little money when planning a party, with these tips, you will be able to save a substantial amount, and still have a great time.