Party Perfection: Throw an Awesome Get Together, on a Budget!
We all lead busy lives, just about everyone would confess to needing more hours in the day at one time or another. Our day to day routines are mainly centered around work and other commitments which are never the most fun ways to spend time- when it comes to relaxation and socialization these things often take a back seat. But to get the most out of life, we need to be able to find balance. We need fun occasions to look forward to and enjoy, we need time spent with friends so we can socialize and have a good time. For this reason, parties are fantastic, they get everyone together for food, drinks and great conversation. However they’re not always the cheapest to host, and can actually set you back quite a bit especially if you’re holding them on a regular basis. Thankfully there are ways to keep costs down so you can enjoy your get togethers without breaking the bank.
Invest in glassware
It’s tempting to want to buy cheap plastic cups and glasses when you’re throwing a party to avoid things getting broken. But actually, buying single use plastic cups all the time will cost more in the long run and let’s face it, it’s not great for the environment either. If people are careful your glasses will last you time and time again and you won’t have to keep forking out every time you’re getting people together. Another piece of glassware that’s useful to have for regular parties is a drinks dispenser. You can mix up vodka or gin cocktails in a big batch and people can help themselves rather than having to pour their own measure every time. This can also save you money on alcohol as everyone will get the same amount of alcohol in each drink, rather than accidentally getting heavy handed with it after a few and going through it more quickly.
Go potluck style
Food and parties go hand in hand, and even if you’re not serving up a feast for your guests you’ll at least want a few nibbles. If each guest brings something along you have a nice mixture of things to share and there’s no major cost on one person. You could assign sweets, savouries and other categories to different guests so you don’t end up with loads of the same kind of thing.
Get creative with the location
Having a party at home can save money but if you only live in a small place you might not gave room for everyone. But you don’t need to splash out on a venue, consider having your get together at a local park or restaurant. You could have a picnic or enjoy dinner at a food establishment and decorate the table. This way you don’t need to worry about the cost of food and drinks too as people can each buy their own. If you want to throw an event at a venue, check out cheap or free locations like community centres and church halls.