In today’s media hungry, status-updating, social media sharing society, there is a constant growing pressure to keep doing everything bigger and better than the last event., to constantly out-do or out-perform your peers and friends. Unfortunately, many of us have a certain budget that we need to live by, and this grand scheme of partying and celebrating doesn’t always come cheap. But there is another way!
While it would be fantastic to hire your favourite footballer to come to your kids tenth birthday along with a five foot tall cake and a marching band, your wallet will not be able to handle the strain. However you want to make your kid happy and you want to put on a fantastic party for them, so how do you make the best of both worlds? We’ve got five top tips for helping you plan a fantastic party on a small budget.
- Have it at Home!
Some people splash out a lot on hiring halls, playground venues or even restaurants to host their parties when they could save both time and money by organising it in their own back garden. Even if you don’t have much space for a party, for the duration of the party you can rearrange the furniture to create a pseudo-venue that allows all the guests to mingle and sit together. This may even create a new level of excitement for the kids as they see their garden or living room ‘transformed’ just for the purpose of their birthday.
Of course, you’ll have to do most of the cleaning up and larger parties can leave some residue, but it is a great way to save money on hiring out a venue, and you also don’t have to hire an entertainer or a DJ, as it can all be done on your own sound system. Be your very own DJ!
- Re-Use Old Decorations
Everybody has a small collection of decorations, whether it is Christmas decorations, oddly shaped valentines decorations or even an old birthday banner, tucked away in some corner of the loft so why not make the most of them now? You can always get a little crafty by altering the decorations or colouring them to fit the occasion, and if you’re arranging a party for young children, they are unlikely to notice the difference. Be creative, you never know what might come out of it.
- Ask Your Guests for a Little Help
There is absolutely no shame in asking for a little help, particularly if you’re normally the one doing all the organisation. If you have a strong, solid group of friends, or if your child has a number of friends whose parents wouldn’t mind lending a hand, then make the best use of them! Every parent wants their child to have a great time at any party, so even if it is something as minor as preparing some snacks or some juice boxes, every little thing helps a lot, particularly when on a budget. Plus, it can’t hurt to just ask.
- Check Online For Cheap Decorations
There are a number of online retailers that will sell party decorations for cheap or on sale. You can look on all purpose selling websites or specific party sites for deals. If you’re creative, why not try getting some gone-by holiday decorations and repurpose them for this party? Christmas and Halloween decorations are cheapest right after the event, so it is always a good idea to stock up on your decorations and party supplies just after October and December to get the best deals.
- For Themed Events – Organise a Budget Costume Competition
Not everyone has disposable income that they can throw at costumes for a particular party, and having guests outshine you with expensive costumes when you’ve put a lot of work into organising a budget party can sort of sour this experience. You can avoid this altogether by hosting a budget costume competition, so that your guests can have fun dressing up as they like, but they also have a budget and time constraints. It may even be fun to see what they can come up with, as everyone has different ideas on what to do in order to save money.
While you may not be able to recreate every party on a budget, the use of online retailers and cheap fancy dress costumes and decorations really go to show that you don’t have to spend hundreds of pounds to create a birthday or wedding celebration worth remembering. Whether you are the one organising the party or the party was thrown on your behalf, what matters most is that you are surrounding by people who love and care about you, and that you have a good time in the process. Best of luck with your celebration!
This article was provided by Mike James, an independent content writer working in the events industry – representing, amongst others; online party superstore My Party Monster, who were consulted over the information contained in this piece.