After many years of trial and errors, I’ve learned how to throw a party. A fun-filled soiree has everything to do with your level of open-mindedness, positive energy, and ability to work smart with your funds.
Many people assume that throwing a party will cost an arm and a leg! In reality all it takes is a plan, a little creativity, and solid budgeting. Here are four guidelines you can use to throw a successful gathering, one that will leave your guests with a story to share for that Monday morning, “…So how was your weekend?” convo, at the office.
1. Set The Mood At Dollar Tree
Depending on the theme of your get together, you may want to set the mood with some décor. Flowers are always a good start. Fresh flowers from your local grocery shop can really set a warm “Welcome to my Casa” mood for your guests, and it won’t cost you much.
Also, try passing through a vintage store or thrift shop. You may be surprised at the little knick-knacks you can find to take the details at your party to the next level. Large discount store chains or your local dollar store will definitely have some inexpensive décor as well. I personally love Dollar Tree.
Keep it simple, with a nice tablecloth and a scented vanilla candle to set the mood.
2. Give Yourself A Budget And Set Your Priorities
How much can you actually allow yourself to spend? If you’re having a dinner party, then you might want to splurge on the table set-up and food. If you’re doing a birthday party, then you might spend more on the finger foods and drinks! It all depends which direction you choose to take.
When times have been tough, I went to the discount store with cash, rather than a credit card, so that I didn’t splurge.
3. Bring Your Own Wine
Now days, alcohol can be a little pricey, especially if you’re the one providing your guests with multiple rounds.
Most of us would like to suggest that everyone “BYOB”…but a lot of times you might feel awkward wording it as such. So why not try making it a part of your theme. Suggest to your guests in your invite, that everyone will be bringing his or her favorite alcoholic beverage to share with other guests at your party.
This also works as a great icebreaker for those friends who’ve never met, and aren’t sure how to escape that awkward silence. Don’t forget to have your signature fruit drink, and a jug of iced water with freshly sliced lemons on stand by, for the non-drinkers…and over-drinkers of course!
4. The Playlist
Music is so important at any shindig so make sure to have your music playlist ready to go, before your guests arrive.
Try playing your favorite YouTube playlist online. Choose something that’s at least an hour long, so you won’t have to attend to your computer or phone as often. Also, have a playlist prepared for when your guests are ready to start dancing.
Remember, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to host a great party. Just make sure to budget wisely and bring positive energy. Happiness is contagious and best of all, it’s priceless! Happy Entertaining!