Who doesn’t love finding a bargain? Why should planning for a party be any different? Whether it’s an imminent family birthday or a seasonal gathering, we offer a few ideas to help keep costs down and still throw a memorable party.
Never be afraid to to stock up and fill the cupboard with cheap essentials, so take advantage of any sales you come across. Celebration banners which will cover all your favourite birthday celebrations, to be hung over a birthday tea table, the garden fence at a summer BBQ or even above your bed when they bring your breakfast on a tray!
Balloons are useful at many occasions, so go for packs of multi-coloured ones to use throughout the year. Sort though large mixed bags and keep specific colours for certain events, such as orange and purple for Halloween. Make decorations from things you find around the house; keep scraps of coloured tissue from Christmas and birthday presents and cut them into flower or other shapes to string onto homemade garlands or wrap with wire and put in table centres.
If you have children of different ages, go for party themes that suit as many age groups and tastes as possible, like an animal-themed party or one based around a favourite character or book, and double up on supplies. When you are buying, opt for bright plain colours which you can adapt to many different themes. Usually you will find good deals the more you buy and that way you get it all done at once! From invitations to tableware you can also mix themes and colours in one party, especially when catering for much younger children.
Invest in a few staples that you can use again and again, such as plastic serving trays, dishes and cake stands. Nothing says celebration quite like bunting, so have a couple of different colours on hand, and reuse for your next event. A high quality personalised banner can be used again and again if you choose not to add an age onto it. If you arrange a Sweetie Bar at your party, use glass jars which can be used at another event.
Party-bag fillers are great things to buy when you see a bargain, keeping a well stocked present can mean you don’t need to spend so much before the party. There is an array of different products which are cross-seasonal and fun, for everyone, such as bubbles and stickers. For larger numbers, party bag kits are a sensible option and will save you both time and money.
Do you have any top tips for money-saving party planning? We’d love to know what they are!