Disclaimer :: This post is part of an editorial series, “Money Matters,” and is sponsored by BerryPom & James. You’ll also find a $100 giveaway for FWMB readers at the end of this blog post, so keep reading, friends!
There is nothing I enjoy more than throwing a great party. Whether it be birthdays for my boys, dinner parties for friends, or holiday family gatherings. I want to WOW my guests when they walk in the door. I want them to feel welcome. I want them to enjoy each other’s company — but at the same time, who doesn’t want their guests to be blown away by the decorations, food, and fun that you have spent countless hours planning.
When my husband hears the word party, he sees dollar signs. He knows how over the top I go and the amount I am capable of spending. My over-budget spending is not intentional, but my vision to throw a perfect party takes over and can quickly get out of control. That is, until this past June when I threw a joint birthday for one and three year old.
I have discovered a few things over the years, and for the first time, this birthday party was fabulous and didn’t cost an arm and a leg.
If you have a party in the near future, there are a few secrets you can follow to turn your vision of a perfect party into one that is enjoyable from the beginning to end without thinking about the investment the following day.
Choose a theme. Selecting a theme is the most important thing when planning a party. A theme keeps you on track, focusing on the details and direction you want to go. In addition, a budget is more manageable by not spending on decorations you won’t use.
Some of our favorite themes are:
Plan ahead. Planning ahead is crucial. I began planning for my third child’s first birthday when he was six months old. Crazy some may think, but I learned with my other two, last minute planning resulted in walking the aisles of a party store, randomly selecting decorations, tableware, and party favors, which resulted in overspending. Had I selected a theme, planned ahead, and done research, I would have found the items at the best price and without unnecessary items. Planning ahead also allows for items to be purchased along the way and not having to buy everything at one time.
Set a budget. Before you spend a single dollar on supplies, a budget needs to be determined. Decide what’s most important. Will the party be held in your home, or will you choose a venue?
My birthday parties have been held in our home due to their age. I know as they get older, they’ll want something more entertaining. That’s fine. However, it still requires a budget being set and determining how much of the budget will go towards the venue.
Having hosted parties in my home allowed me determine what was needed to fulfill my vision. In this case, finding the perfect hanging decor and fun, one-of-a-kind tableware to complement my theme.
Choosing a venue will likely take up more of your decor budget. That’s okay. Because at the end of the day, the most important thing is hosting a party everyone enjoys, and if it’s a birthday, making their day as special as possible.
Maybe you don’t need the party fans, buntings, or happy birthday garlands. The entertainment will likely take care of that. In many cases, you will need paper goods. However, you don’t have to settle for plain plates, cups, and napkins. You can find unique, show stopper paper goods that not only fit the theme, but WOW your guests.
For example, maybe your party is going to be held at the zoo. Your daughter wants a unicorn theme. Finding paper goods she thinks are the coolest thing ever, and are affordable at the same time, are not hard to find.
These Unicorn paper goods from BerryPom & James in Fort Worth are unique and will wow the birthday girl and guests. You can get this theme of plates, cups, and napkins for under $20. Little details like this can add some fun and uniqueness to a venue theme party.
Double up. Double up when you can. Having a joint birthday either with a sibling or a friend can save a lot. I choose to have my boys party together since their birthdays were a month apart. Yes, first birthdays are important to me, but I knew if I threw two different parties I would once again, exceed the budget given my vision.
There are many boy/girl themes that go well together. Do your research and you can find a perfect theme fitting for a gender mix party.
Fill your own balloons. Balloons are fun. Giant, letter, number, and confetti varieties can make every party a bit more fun. With that comes spending a pretty penny at the party store. I discovered purchasing a helium tank is much more cost effective when you are using several balloons. Specifically, giant or confetti filled. They’re simple to use and will save you money.
Parties are fun and everyone enjoys them, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to throw a fabulous one.
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BerryPom & James is owned by Shelby Hale. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, BP&J was named after her three boys. Harrison, “Harry Berry,” Palmer, “Palm,” and her third, Merrick whose middle name is James.
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