How to Plan a Cheap Party Without Looking Like a Cheapskate Story

If you love to party plan

Then you probably already know how much it can cost to throw even a small event. Usually one of the first things that we cut when on a budget is our entertainment, which might also mean cutting out some of our social life. But, if you can learn how to plan a cheap party without looking like a cheapskate, you can still entertain without breaking the bank.

Our Best Tips to Plan a Cheap Party

These tips will keep your party costs down so you can stay on budget while still throwing a great event. 1. BYOB Bring Your Own Beverage. This is probably the best tip I can give you when hosting any kind of event. How to not look cheap: Have plenty of mix and non-alcoholic beverages, glasses, and ice ready to go.

2. Potluck or Plan Away from Meal Times

Just like with alcohol, food costs can blow your budget when throwing a party. A great, easy way to save is to have your guests bring something. But there are right and wrong ways to do this! Avoid assigning food to people and let them bring what they want.

3. Skip Formal Invitations

Unless it’s your wedding (and even then…) or your kid’s birthday party, there’s really no need to send out print invitations. Take advantage of Facebook to create a private event for your party. Not only is it easy to see who’s coming, you can also include a lot of information in the post. How to not look cheap: This is pretty customary nowadays so it doesn’t look cheap.

4. Keep Decorations Simple

Of course you’re not going to buy expensive decorations. But you’d be surprised how quickly even dollar store decor adds up. Think about what you need to make the biggest impact and just get that. Avoid anything that will only be for the party. You can also try borrowing from family and friends!

5. Try the Thrift Store

If you can’t borrow something and don’t have it, check the thrift store before you buy new. Whether it’s extra chairs or your “new” outfit for the event, you’d be surprised what you can thrift. How to not look cheap: Make sure everything you buy is in good shape, especially if you’ll be serving food in it.

6. Skip the DJ

DJ Spotify to the rescue! Or whatever streaming service you prefer. Even if it’s a larger event you can still save money and get the music you want by creating the perfect playlist. Or just choose something pre-made for the party’s mood.

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