How to throw a budget party?
This was the question I was faced with when deciding whether or not to throw a graduation party for my husband. He just finished up his last few days as a college student and will officially be a college graduate in a few days. Congrats honey!
Things I was taking into consideration when planning the party: I’m on a budget, I’m frugal, I want to throw a themed party for about 50 people, AND I’m a woman. Some of those appear to be a bit contradictory, I know. I decided on a mustache-theme since my husband currently has a serious stache named Alejandro. I scoured Pinterest for tons of DIY ideas on decorations for a mustache-themed party. I will be doing a future post on my DIY projects in the next several weeks 😉
Here are the steps to throwing an awesome, frugal party:
First place to start is deciding on a budget. It’s reasonable to allow for $5 to $7 per person. This price should cover everything including:
- Decorations galore (lots of DIY)
- Table and chair rentals
- Games, homemade photo booths, etc.
- Supplies (paper plates, utensils, cups, etc)
The second most important thing is figuring out the food. Are you going to make the food? Cater? Or pick up from a local restaurant? Unless you have a lot of help I suggest placing an order for pickup at a local restaurant to avoid unnecessary stress. When ordering, one of the most important things is to figure out how avoid the “per person” trap. If they know you are throwing a big party, add on an extra $10 per person. However, if you order the items you would like separately, you can save lots of money by only purchasing the basics. Also, consider making the dessert a day or two ahead of time to cut costs.
Location Location Location!!! Go for a place where you don’t have to spend money! Your place, a friend’s place? Anywhere that is frugal and or free, and incredibly convenient. When you start adding $ for a venue, the budget goes by the wayside.
Can you borrow any supplies? What do you already have? You would probably be shocked by how many things you actually have. I try to be resourceful and do an inventory of what I have vs. what I need. Do you know anyone that can let you borrow a few chairs, a table or a cupcake holder? Don’t be afraid to ask.
Lastly, the decorations need to be awesome, mainly homemade and inexpensive. I get so many ideas from Pinterest, I think I spend about 4 hours straight each sitting. I would recommend browsing around on Etsy and figure out which decorations you can replicate yourself and which you can pay for.
Hope this helps for your next shin-dig! Thanks for reading 😉