Just because you have a significant birthday coming up, an engagement party to organise or leaving do to put on, you don’t have to spend a small fortune making sure that it is memorable and entertaining. The word ‘budget’ tends to conjure up thoughts of substandard food, below par music and grubby venues, but this needn’t be the case. With a little planning, research and bartering, you can achieve exceptional results and put on the celebration of the year without breaking the bank. Read on to find out how.
Share The Load
If you have grand plans for the party that you are organising, you need to think a little outside the box to shed some of the cost that your plan entails. To do this, you could ask around friends and family, and see if there is another celebration going on at the same time. Splitting the price of an awesome venue with another party can be cost effective. It’s not unheard of for two kids celebrating birthdays close to each other to have a joint party. This means food, venue hire and entertainment costs can be split amongst the two sets of parents. You might want to merge a leaving do with a summer celebration. By splitting and sharing the cost using a template like the ones at https://www.vertex42.com/ExcelTemplates/budgets.html, you could organise your party for half of the original cost.
When looking for potential party entertainment, don’t just opt for the first result that pops up on Google; shop around. Consider all sorts of entertainment options from clowns for kids parties, to close up magicians for more intimate affairs. By heading to a page like https://www.alivenetwork.com/hirelivemusic/hire_a_band_in.asp?area=London&style=Magicians, you will get a list of potential magicians complete with prices and reviews. This will help inform your choice. You’ll also get an understanding of how much you should be paying. Alternatively, put on your own entertainment. Set up an open mic and invite your guests to partake. This can be a whole lot of fun and ridiculously cheap to organise.
When it comes to the catering of the party or event you are setting up, external caterers will always be expensive. Instead, you could choose to make the food yourself , especially if you’re a whizz in the kitchen. The only problem with this is that it’s stressful and you might not have the time. Instead, ask every guest to bring a dish. This collaborative effort at catering an event is more inclusive and allows people to share food and enjoy one another’s gastronomic efforts. The cacophony of food might range from pakoras to sandwiches, and from soup to chilli. But it will be a gorgeous feast for next to no money.
Putting on a party can be daunting, especially if you’ve been to other seemingly expensive dos. However, try not to worry, and utilise this guide to help you cut costs where you can. You will still have an awesome celebration with your nearest and dearest no matter how much you end up spending.
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