When it comes to throwing a Halloween party, you want to create a memorable and fun experience for your guests. Many people believe this means going all-out and spending ridiculous amounts of money on fancy decorations and catered food.
But the truth of the matter is that parties do not have to cost an arm and a leg.
It is possible to provide an amazing time on even the most meager budget. But if you’ve never done such a thing, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Between invitations, decorations, food, and entertainment, overall cost can creep up on you. But with some prior planning you can have an absolutely amazing Halloween party that doesn’t hurt your pocketbook.
Start with a Realistic Budget
Before you get into any of the party planning details, it is crucial that you take the time to create a realistic budget for your party. And once you have decided on a budget for yourself, stick to it! A budget does no good whatsoever if you do not stay within it.
Choose a spooky Halloween theme to use and to build your party around. From ghosts and goblins to friendly, silly spiders, there are plenty of options to choose from to suit the feel you are aiming for. Think about the age and demeanor of guests you plan to invite and decide on a theme that will be suitable.
Consider all your invitation options
It is important to send out party invitations early enough to allow ample time for guests to make plans and proper arrangements. The most cost-effective option to consider if you are on an extra-tight budget is e-vite invitations, as they are completely free. Using email invites allows you to spend more of your budget on other components of your party.
If you’re more traditional, making your own invitations can be cheaper than purchasing premade invites. Keep things simple with nice paper and rubber stamps or stickers. Save money on postage by hand-delivering the invitations yourself while you are out and about running errands.
Decoration costs can quickly add up.
Search discount party stores and thrift stores to find a few large decorations that fit with your theme. Browse online recycling sites like ebay, craigslist, or freecycle. Many people just want to get rid of items they don’t need any longer, so you are likely to find what you need cheap or possibly free. If you find a piece that isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, a coat of paint or minor repair can completely change the look of an item into something more suitable.
Dollar stores are great places to find solid colored tablecloths, plates and napkins, silverware and cups that correspond with your chosen theme and desired look. Bright greens, purples, oranges and black are all fun Halloween colors to use. Or go for a classier look with black, red, and gold.
Party budgets are too often blown with food costs. Save a bundle by cooking party food yourself. If you’re one to burn toast and have a hard time even boiling water, try asking a family member or good friend to help you with the Halloween party bites.
The month before your party date or sooner, begin watching sales flyers for various local grocery and drug stores. Save even more money by matching those sales with coupons found in Sunday papers. Whether you plan to have a dinner party or are opting for some tasty finger foods instead, you will be able to cut costs on at least some of the ingredients and food items.
Being frugal does not mean you are cheap. Saving money any way you can is a smart move, especially in today’s economy.
Author Bio: Olivia Nicholas is a writer and a busy mom to twins. She is always happy to share her passion for life and experiences through her work, and in her spare time works as a freelance writer for Storkie.