Host your party like a celebrity (on the cheap)
Ask everyone to bring their favourite finger food for the partyA large chunk of party spending comes from buying the finger foods that are laid out before the main course comes along. Your invitees don’t have to cook or prepare anything. All they have to do is purchase a pack of their favourite snack. Use your best dishes and lay these out as they arrive. A fancy pack of toothpicks will pimp any snack, making them look inviting and expensive. Handing over this responsibility to your guests (this is a tiny request to make, assuming your invitees are your friends and relatives) leaves you free to concentrate on one meal – your main course. This of course is great for your stress levels and your pocket.
Shop on the Internet for wine for your partyIf you're hosting a party, keep in mind that wine is much cheaper on the Internet, especially if bought in bulk. Plan to order your cases way in advance so you’re not left waiting on the night of the party. The wine is only to be drunk during the meal. For general drinks, make a large bowl of punch. This could be dirt cheap if you play your cards right. A few bottles of squash with limited alcohol of your choice will be perfect for a home party. Dress it up with small chunks of pineapple and cherries, and you have yourself a posh-looking drink on the cheap.
Decorations for your partyTalk to your parents, friends etc, while planning the party, and source decorations from them instead of buying your own. You may already have your own Christmas lights, why not use them. They can be suitable for parties held any time of year (providing they’re don’t specifically look like Christmas decorations). Light a few candles around the room and create your party mood with music and fine company. Relocate precious breakables to a safe room.
Invitations for the partyUse Windows, Clip Art and your printer to produce first-rate party invitations. If you're lazy, why not create a private Facebook page and invite your guests from there!
Workers for your partyIf you know any teenager looking to make some extra cash, enjoy a great meal and fantastic company (not to mention experience and future recommendations) ask them to pop over wearing formal gear. You’ll have a cheap waiter/waitress to help you serve and clean up. This will take a load of stress off your shoulders, allowing you to enjoy your party too.
Now, if that's not hosting your party like a celebrity, I don't know what is! What other ways do you engage to make sure you don't spend too much on your party? Please share them with us in the comment box. And if you're having a party in the next four weeks, let's know if you used any of these tips.
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