Wondering how to plan a successful birthday party whilst sticking to a budget? You've come to the right place. We LOVE parties, but we also know how stressful it can be trying to plan one. To help make this party an enjoyable one, we've come up with 8 smart tips on how you can organise a memorable birthday that's both stylish and minimal(-ly priced)!
Idea 1 | Realistic Budget
Before getting started on the planning, create a realistic budget you can stick to. This includes listing all the things you'll need for the party, and determining an estimate of how much it'll cost you. With this in mind, you can begin drafting a guest list that's suitable for your budget. Feel free to plan things out the old-school way by using pen and paper; if you're more tech-savvy, why not test out some of the phones apps available for planning special events?
Idea 2 | Home Venue
We're not surprised if you've already jumped into doing hours of venue research, only to find out that hiring a venue requires you to go way past your chosen budget. Be assured - there's nothing more comfortable and unique about hosting your event at your own humble abode! Function venues and restaurants can be very pricey; you can expect the most popular venues to charge a minimum of over $1.5k. Forgo the stress of liaising with event managers and forking out a fortune for a venue you won't be seeing again, by making the most out of what you already have.
Idea 3 | Digital Invitations
Gone are the days of handing out individual invitations by mail or in person - you can now save yourself extra money (and paper) by going digital with your invites! Websites, like Canva, are perfect for creating fun, personalised, and professional looking invitation cards unique to your own taste. Canva has a generous range of templates that are free to use, making the entire process a whole lot easier for you. All you need to do is create an account, select your design, pop in the details, download the file, and send it off to all your guests via email or social media!
Idea 4 | Free Music
Forget DJs and live bands! You can now take full control of the music played at parties by relying on your computer or mobile device, a set of portable speakers, and a music streaming app/website. Most music streaming platforms have the option for you to make your own custom playlist, or pick from their extensive range of mixes. Our personal favourite is Spotify - a popular streaming site that can be used both online and offline (with Spotify premium), offering a diverse range of options from their music library. If you want to find out more and test out the streaming service yourself, sign up for a free account to experience its musical wonders!
Idea 5 | BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage)
Go BYOB! You'll find that preparing drinks (especially alcohol) will not only require some thought into what drinks to buy, it'll take a significant chunk off of your (already limited) budget. By incorporating BYOB into your party plan, you'll be saving time AND money. Even better, your guests will appreciate the freedom they're given to bring their own choice of beverage. BYOB includes you too, so if there's a particular drink you really love, don't forget to add that to your shopping list!
Idea 6 | DIY Cake
Cakes are important cause.. let's be honest, what’s a party without cake? Thanks to social media, the standard of cakes these days have skyrocketed, pushing all bakers to prioritise the aesthetics of their sweet creations. However, along with the increased visual expectations of baked goods, the prices have shot up significantly too. For a custom-made round butter-cream cake, feeding up to 15 people, you can expect to pay at least $150. If you're looking for a more economical and flexible alternative, we suggest you try baking your own favourite cake, or ask a friend or family member to help you out.
Idea 7 | Minimal Decorations
Less is always more when it comes to decorations. Unless you're going with a specific theme that requires a lot of décor, you should consider using as minimal decorations as possible. By this, we mean sticking to the essentials; this could be staple pieces, such as floral arrangements or big balloons. We also recommend you to go with neutral colours - a good starting point to base other smaller details off of, whilst keeping expenses at a minimum.
Idea 8 | Party Time!
Once you're done with organising the budget, venue, invitations, music, beverage, cake, and decorations, it’s time you let go of the worries and party on (after all, it's YOUR party - so, make sure you have fun)! A major part of saving costs is being smart with the time. You can do this by organising your party between proper meal times (e.g. an afternoon party at 2pm, or a night party at 8pm). By doing so, you won't need to worry about providing your guests with a full meal, and instead focus on the easy snacks and finger food!