We all have a reason to celebrate, whether its a birthday, graduation, anniversary, or retirement, so let's celebrate! And better yet, by following a few tricks, we can celebrate on a small budget because what makes a celebration FABULOUS isn't how much we spend, but rather how our guest feel.
1 - Plan in advance.
Look ahead and see what important events are coming up. It's never to early to start planning a celebration, especially if you have a smaller budget. First start by finding things around your house that can be used. Then take time to get additional supplies when they are on sale.
2 – Pick a theme.
A celebration without a theme is just another get-together. A theme not only sets the tone for your guest, but allows you to stay focused and keeps your budget under control. Pinterest is a great site to find ideas and save them to an inspiration board. Then you can go back and eliminate the ideas that aren't within your budget.
3 – Keep it simple.
Remember that how our guest feel at the celebration is what is going to make it a great celebration to remember.
Easily create an invitation using an online service like Evite or if you want to be more creative, use a service like Canva, which allows you to create your own design and then save as a photo to text or email. Also use decorations to set the tone, subtle touches of the theme and simple color coordinated tableware is all you really need.
4 – Avoid meal times.
Food will quickly hijack your budget. While having some kind of food at any celebration is nice, planning your celebration away from meal times allow you to offer lighter snacks (ie. cheese/crackers, chips/dip, mini meatballs) instead of a full meal.
5 – Save on alcohol.
Worse on your budget than food is the cost of alcohol. Not to say you can't have alcohol, but rather choose a signature drink (punch style). You'll be surprised how many different drinks can be served as a punch and this saves you from buying the entire liquor store.
6 - Let guests know what you'll be providing.
It all goes back to how our guest feel. By adding to your invitation what you will be providing (ie. "We will have light snacks and a signature punch" or "Join us for Appetizers & Margarita Punch") sets the expectation for your guest before they arrive. It allows your guest to eat prior to arriving at your home since a meal isn't provided or if they don't like punch then they can choose to bring their own beverage of choice.
See, celebrating a special event doesn't have to break the bank, so go out an make memories!
A celebration is an organized gathering which brings tribute to an important event or occasion. Most common celebrations are based on life events, whether it be a birthday, anniversary, wedding, or new baby just to name a few. Next would be personal accomplishments, such as graduation, promotion, or retirement. Then there are corporate events, which are not limited to the launch of a new business, release of a new book or product, or a sales team meeting a major goal.
There are skeptics who view celebrations as being unnecessary, grandiose, and wasteful. Of course everyone is free to their opinion and to live in a manner of their choosing, however, they miss out on the benefits that such celebrations bring to our lives.
A few of those benefits are:
1 – Pick a Date & Time:
Make sure it works for the grandparents and best friend, wouldn’t want them to miss it. Also, timing is key…for toddler’s think about planning an earlier party so that it ends just before their afternoon nap; whereas for older kids, afternoon parties are best.
2 – Set a Budget:
Before you start planning, set a budget and STICK TO IT. When you start thinking decorations, food, cake, party favors – it all starts toadd up quickly. By setting a clear budget, it will help you decide what is really important.
3 – Send Invitations a Few Weeks Ahead:
Again, timing is key…if you send the invitations out too early, parents tend to forget and if you send the invitations too late, many won’t be able to make it. Rule of thumb is 2-4 weeks.
4 – Serve Kid’s Favorites:
Keep it simple, you can never go wrong with kid’s favorites (pizza, hot dogs, chips, etc.)
5 – Keep the Party Short:
Younger children tire out from all the excitement after about 1 ½ hours and older children (and parents) after about 2-3 hours.