Beyonce isn’t the only one who loves to party. Celebrating life is one of the greatest joys of being human. That said, if you want to host the “wedding of the year” or any incredible event, you have to pay to play! Whether you’re working with $50 or $1 million, you should create a budget and stick to it to bring your plans to life without breaking the bank. Consider these tips for hosting unforgettable events without getting overwhelmed by the cost:
1. DIY Entertainment
Don’t go overboard - your guests don’t expect to see the DJ spinning from a flying trapeze as they enter (unless you can make that happen). Create a playlist tied to the theme of your event and ask your guests to dress accordingly. The more interesting the theme, the more entertaining the outfits will be! You’ll have unforgettable memories and lots of Instagram-worthy photos!
2. Recycle Your Wardrobe
Keep costs down by recycling your attire. Instead of buying a new dress, put a new spin on an old one by getting a Christmas dress altered. Spruce up a suit by replacing a traditional tie with a funky bowtie. You may be pleasantly surprised by what a pair of scissors and a little alteration can do!
3. Create Your Own Games
The old games are still the best. Today’s kids will be equally excited about playing hide-and-seek, shooting marbles, and playing hopscotch as you were many moons ago. Most kids also have their own smartphones or electronic devices, so you can search the internet with your children before you host a party and choose games to play together. There are also thousands of games online for those who are still kids-at-heart that you can choose from. Nothing brings the fun out of adults like party games and coloring books!
4. Get In the Kitchen
Chef Bobby Flay isn’t the only person on the planet who can throw down. When friends and family get together, some of the best memories you create can be made in preparing (and eating) food. As long as the food is tasty, your event will be a hit. Find a YouTube video featuring dishes inspired by your theme and chef it up!
5. Make a Budget and a Schedule
Everyone has their own idea of what makes a party great - especially when they’re not spending their own money! The most important thing you can do to make your party successful is to create a budget. Use a tool like Google Spreadsheets or a budget template from Microsoft Excel to make sure you know exactly what you’ll need and how much it will cost. Don’t forget to include a line in the budget for “what-ifs” - anything can happen and it usually does when you’re planning an event.
Once you’ve prepared your budget, create a timeline that shows what needs to happen and when. Use it to get friends and family involved by assigning tasks to different people - it will prevent you from completely stressing out during the planning process and make your event more fun for everyone.
Remember, every event is what you make it - no matter how much it costs to put it together. Incorporate these helpful tips into your plans and you’re bound to have a successful event. And who knows…you may even end up saving some money!