3 Money Saving Party Tips
Here are our 3 tips for saving money when planning a party. Don't spend a fortune when throwing a dinner. Our 3 party tips will show you how to plan a fun party that's budget-friendly.
Saving money has become a national pastime - and we're on that bandwagon! Times are tough and saving money wherever possible is both helpful and a must for many.
Finding a cheaper way to do things has always been a smart idea and we want to help you save a buck or two when planning your next party.
Follow our 3 party tips for saving money when you’re throwing your next celebration and you won’t have to rob the bank!
Party Tip 1: Potluck - Assign Treats for Guests to Bring
Rather than everyone showing up with the same bottle of wine, suggest an item for your guests to bring. Not only will it save you from having to drink all of that wine by yourself (which may or may not be a good thing), but it will save you money in cooking and preparing your menu.
So if you have 10 people coming to your dinner party, ask half of them to bring 1 variety of drink including alcohol and sodas and the remaining can bring a different side each. That way you can focus on whipping up a delicious dinner menu without worrying about drinks or appetizers.
Party Tip 2: Repurpose Holiday Décor for Your Party
With a few simple crafty ideas, you can easily turn your existing holiday décor items into decorations for your party. Dig through your craft bin and assess the type of crafting odds and ends you have. Lay them out with your holiday décor item, and brainstorm on how you can combine the two into a party neutral décor piece. For example, if you have basic glass encased pillar candles from Christmas with removable holiday stickers, sea shells and a simple platter, you can do the following:
Being careful not to get the wax wet, run the glass under warm water to loosen the glue on the holiday stickers. Carefully peel away until you're left with a smooth, clean surface.
Next, place the candles at the center of a platter and spread sea shells all around the base.
You now have a centerpiece perfect for summer made with supplies from Christmas and your craft bin!
Party Tip 3: Turn Dessert into Party Favors and an Activity
An easy way to combine two aspects of any party is to get the guests involved in the menu and the activity. If you are an active baker, you most likely will have plenty of decorating frosting pens and sprinkles around.
Bake a few batches of box cake mix for cupcakes or bake cookie mix. Then have your guests decorate their own cupcakes or cookies that will serve as the activity of the party and the extras can be taken home as the favor. Have some leftover tissue paper on hand and wrap up the extras, tie with streamers for your guests to take home.
By getting smart, it’s easy to throw a dinner party without the hefty price tag. Learn how to incorporate your guests! People love helping out and they won’t even notice your clever ways to save money when planning a party.
Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.Read More »