Host Your Party Like A Celebrity (On the Cheap)

We're going to show you how to host your party like a celebrity (but at an affordable price). 
We’re well and truly bound for the holiday season. Have you bought any Christmas presents yet? (Yes, I went there. I said 'Christmas'). Many people host their own parties and little get-togethers for their friends and family around this time of year. This year may be harder than most, because not many people have a large amount of disposable cash. Here are some quick tips and tricks to help you host a fabulous party while spending less than you did last year.

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Ask everyone to bring their favourite finger food for the party

A 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 party

If 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 party

Talk 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 party

Use 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 party

If 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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6 comments:

myletterstoemily November 12, 2012 at 3:05 PM  

these are excellent suggestions! i have to
remind myself that i am throwing the party
to enjoy my friends not impress my friends.

i saw your picture of the lovely amy winehouse
and it made me think of my daughter's story
of wales. she said all the young women
looked like amy.

Icy BC November 12, 2012 at 11:32 PM  

We live a very moderate life, so when we have a gathering with either friends or family, it's usually the food that we concentrate on, and the fun of course.

Anne Lyken-Garner November 13, 2012 at 8:46 AM  

That's so true, Lea. I don't know why we're so fixated with impressing people. It's the same for weddings and Christmas. These events have lost their meaning because all people want to do is have 'perfection'. They forget that this is not the point.

Anne Lyken-Garner November 13, 2012 at 8:47 AM  

I agree with you, Icy. Same here. I make good food and enjoy the company of friends and family with my get-togethers.

Harleena Singh November 16, 2012 at 2:59 PM  

Wonderful suggestions Anne!

If you remember I had recently put up a post for cheap party ideas, and though it was for a kid's party, most of the suggestions are things we adults could use too.

I agree with the invitations going online and with the Internet nowadays, they turn out the cheapest. And finger foods are what anyone and everyone would be ready to do, and you always have more variety that ways too.

Also, the decorations can always be reused, if you don't want to use old ones. We even used to cook up most of the dishes at home when our parents had parties at home for guests, and if you are a family of many members, each one loves contributing and helping out at such times, so it turns out much cheaper.

Thanks for sharing. :)

Anne Lyken-Garner November 17, 2012 at 3:11 PM  

Thanks for the input, Harleena. You're right, one of the most valuable assets we have are our family members.
It's great when they can come together and help out in situations like these when we need them.

My kids love to pitch in when we're having people over.

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Anne Lyken-Garner is a published author, editor and freelance writer. Her specialities include relationships and confidence building. You can find her inspirational memoir here.
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