Christmas decorations are already in the shops and it seems as though the holidays are just around the corner! Whether you’re planning a Halloween bash, kids’ birthday party, or Christmas meal for your friends and family this year, it’s the little things that can really add up. You’ll need to think about invitations, décor, food and drink, and potentially costumes even for the simplest get-together. Here are a few tips to keep your budget in check while still having a blast.
1. Stick to a theme
Choosing a theme can help you stick to a budget because it gives you a focus for your party. You’ll be able to plan more efficiently to come up with party ideas that won’t break the bank. Planning ahead is often the key to saving money on a holiday party!
2. Go paperless with invitations
Paper invitations are traditional, but they’re not necessary anymore. Set up a Facebook event for your party, or use tools like Evite.com to spread the word about your upcoming holiday fiesta. Be sure to mention if costumes are required so guests have time to sort out their Funidelia Star Wars fancy dress or cocktail attire as needed, depending on the theme. If you’re inviting older relatives who may not be computer-savvy, a handwritten letter or simple phone call will suffice.
3. Keep the menu simple
Planning a lavish meal for multiple guests can get pretty pricey! But there are a few ways you can keep costs down. If you’re planning a basic Halloween party or birthday party for your children, you can serve up simple, kid-friendly classics like finger sandwiches, tea, and juice. There’s no need to be more elaborate, as the children will be too busy laughing and playing to notice! On the other hand, for a big Christmas dinner you can’t get away with a tray of sandwiches and fruit so easily. One way to save money is to buy in advance, and shop at bulk wholesalers like Costco to reap the discounts. Watch for coupons and special offers around the holidays. The big names like Tesco and ASDA compete at this time to try and get your holiday business. You can also make your holiday party a potluck, particularly if it’s for family. Most guests are happy to bring a side dish or dessert!
4. Choose free activities for kids’ parties
You don’t have to hire a bouncy castle and magician to make sure kids have a great time, but you don’t want them to be bored either. Provide a bit of structure with party games like hot potato, duck, duck, goose, and pass the parcel. These don’t cost a dime and keep everyone engaged. You can often give classic party games a seasonal spin.
5. Shop around for costumes and supplies
For theme and Halloween parties, you can save money by shopping around. Compare prices on your Toy Story or Captain America costume before you buy. Create a budget in advance before you start shopping for costumes and supplies, so that you don’t go overboard. Pound shops are a surprisingly great source of cheap decorations and supplies, so don’t overlook them.
Finally, spend some time getting crafty with your decorations to save money. Decorating for a holiday party can get you in the spirit and help you bond with the little ones at the same time!