How to Throw a Party on a Budget

Parties can be large or small, of varying themes and for all types of occasions; and they can be very expensive, or done on a budget. It just matters where you put the money and how you plan. With a little help from friends and family, and some creative spending, you make any party successful with a limited budget.

Give Yourself Time

Planning is the key to sticking with your budget. Give yourself ample time, 10 to 12 weeks, to nail down all the key elements of your party. This will give you space to brainstorm ideas, keep an eye out for sales, and enlist your friends for help cooking, cleaning, decorating and even entertainment. This buffer of time will also let you avoid last-minute ‘party store’ purchases, which are always expensive and unnecessary (that’s how they make money).


Food is a staple of any party, and you can make all kinds of delicious meals that will have your attendees coming back for more, without blowing your budget. Whether it’s a mouth-watering roast and some sides, or smaller dishes like homemade guacamole or charcuterie, there are endless options that will cut your costs and avoid expensive caterers. Know your audience, their preferences and allergies, and plan accordingly. Make sure to establish a cooking schedule

ahead of time, and recruit some friends to help you put that tasty food on the table.

Decorations and Space

Cultivating that perfect aesthetic for your party can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Selecting party decorations can be agonising, but with time and planning, you can transform your space.

If you’re hosting a work party or reception, research your options for inexpensive cocktail tables to disperse throughout your venue, whether it be a tent, backyard or club. These simple pieces let your space breathe and encourage socialising. Take a look at Chair cover Depot for cost effective tables and chair covers that turn any ordinary furniture piece into the aesthetic accent of your choice.

Centrepieces can solidify the theme of your event: from standing chandeliers, vases and other creative décor, modern table settings are a must. Chair cover Depot has an excellent selection of décor that can act as anchors for your event, for unbeatable rates. Build your theme and give it your own touch, and don’t hold back.

Party decorations are a key part of your event aesthetic, and too often neglected. Make your selections carefully and ensure that they tie into your theme.


‘Appropriate’ is the name of the game in terms of entertainment. Are you hosting your child’s birthday party? A DJ is not appropriate. Are you hosting a social attended by professionals? A magician is likewise not an appropriate booking. Know your audience, and book accordingly. Interview and vet your entertainment choice(s) before finalising, and always have a backup plan in case of an emergency. Compare pricing, and make sure you are getting the best value for the price.

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