How to 📖 Throw an Awesome 😎 Holiday Party 🎉 on the Cheap 💸 ...

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What better way to mark the holiday season than throwing a party? It gives you the perfect chance to catch up with family and friends, let your hair down and make some wonderful holiday memories.

Unfortunately people can be put off the idea of organizing a party because of the cost involved at a time of the year where purse strings are already tight, however, it is possible to throw an amazing party on a budget.

Your number one asset when trying to organise a holiday party on the cheap is organisation. When we run out of time and start panicking, throwing money at the situation is usually the solution. How many times have you run out of time to make the homemade nibbles so resorted to expensive store-bought ones? Or realized that you haven’t bought enough drinks so you’ve dashed to the store and picked up the first thing you’ve seen rather than looking for the deals? We all do it from time to time but here are some tips on how to avoid unnecessary expenses and still have the best party ever!

1. Plan It

As soon as you set the date, get planning! Set aside an hour, grab a cup of coffee and a notepad and write everything down from who you’re going to invite, what decorations you are going to put up, what you’re going to eat and which music you are going to boogie to. It can seem a little laborious but it will be worth it in the end.

Once you have worked out all of these details, it is easier to see what you need to organize to avoid the last minute rush. Knowing exact numbers will tell you how many invitations you need, how much food is likely to be needed and whether any special arrangements such as borrowing extra glasses and chairs are needed. Keep your notes handy so that you can add things as soon as you think of them, and keep a careful tally of who is and isn’t able to make it. It can be helpful to put an “RSVP by...” date on your invitations so that once that date has passed, you shouldn’t receive any surprise acceptances.

Decide on a theme for the party. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate but making this simple decision will help focus your thoughts and make sure that you don’t end up buying a whole load of accessories that you don’t wind up using because they don’t match the other things that you have. Something as straightforward as deciding on a colour theme can make the whole party planning process easier.

Take inspiration from some of the many party planning websites. By choosing two or three colours, it can bring everything together and make it look like you have really put some thought into your party planning. The accessories don’t have to be expensive at all: using coordinating paper plates, napkins, tablecloths, and some balloons can make a real statement, whereas using loads of different coloured items can make things look messy. If you want to go down the full themed-party route, early planning is essential to make sure you have enough time to find all of the necessary accessories. A 1920s cocktail party with glamorous diamante details, black tableware, and decadent cocktails is no more difficult to organise than a simple red, green and white party if you plan well.

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