Party planner at heart- Top tips for a good party on a budget!

15 Sep

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I love a good party. Doesn’t matter what type of party- dinner party, cocktails, celebration or wedding, I love them all!

Why do I love parties you may ask?

Well is it the fantastic food, the delicious wine or a fun time. Or in fact is it that I get to spend time with the people I love. Bingo ! That is it. Though the wine and food doesn’t hurt.

I have wonderful memories of all the weddings, birthdays, christening and parties I have attended. A few friends lately have asked what makes a good party.

Firstly I have held many different types of events. But the number 1 question I get asked is “I am on a budget how do I hold a fantastic party without breaking the budget”. So below are my top tips for a good party on a budget.

1- Invitations– Send invitations out ahead of time. Everyone is busy these days and it is important to give people notice. A good time frame is 4-6 weeks for a party and traditionally 12 weeks for a wedding. Make sure the invitations displays the feel, vibe of the event, a invitation says a lot about the event. Try evites, purchase invitations online and then print yourself or create them yourself.

2- Food– One of the biggest mistakes people make are not having enough food at an event. More focussed is made on the beverages and less on the food. The more food the merrier. If you are catering the food, make sure you make it as easy as possible. As you don’t want to be in the kitchen heating food all night. So mix it up between cold and hot food. Also your friends can help. Get them to bring something and cut the work load in half!

3- Beverage– Depending on your event will depend on your beverage needs. If you purchased your beverages ahead of time that will be cheaper. You can go with standard drinks- beer, wine, soft drink. Or go try punches, and cocktails. At a a Hen’s Party we made 5 different type of cocktails that the bridge loves and created names after the couple.

4- Decorations– Colour or theme coordination is the key. Pick a color/theme scheme and use that on the invitations, all the way through to the event. You don’t need to spend a lot on decorations- balloons, flowers, using decorations you already have looks just as good. The best inspiration is looking at ikea or pottery barn catalogs and see how they stage the room, then find items in your house you can use to replicate.

5- Network– A good party will have a good celebration vive. If a guest doesn’t know anyone go up to them and introduce them to other people. The more people mingle the better.

So with all that said go out and start planning your next party.

Life is a party!

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