Throwing a party can be a stressful event. Of course you want to be sure that your guests have a great time, but you also want to be sure that you don’t exhaust yourself so much that you don’t have a great time yourself. Throwing a party doesn’t have to be stressful, it doesn’t have to break the bank and it doesn’t have to create a great deal of waste either! Here are 3 great shopping tips to make your next party a huge success – and ensure you have enough energy to enjoy it!
1. Simple foods
You may not be able to afford to have a party catered, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put out a lavish spread with a minimum of effort. Opt for finger foods that you don’t have to cook, like an assortment of meats, cheeses, crackers and fruit. If you have a toaster oven (or can borrow one) you can also serve a wide selection of foods that guests can prepare and cook for themselves for a treat that is literally fresh from the oven.
Set out bagels, pizza sauce, cheese, pepperoni and other pizza toppings and allow guests to assemble their own mini pizzas. They can cook them under the broiler for 6 minutes and have a fresh, hot, made-to-order bagel pizza. If you have a moderate sized toaster oven, they should be able to cook four at a time. You can even put out cookie dough and allow them to make their own fresh baked cookies or lay out slices of pre-made dough and miniature smoked sausages. They can wrap a small piece of dough around a smoked sausage for a piping hot and oven fresh pig-in-a-blanket.
If you know any teenagers, you can even hire one to man the toaster oven or hire a few to take pizza or snack orders and deliver them right to your guests!
2. Use balloons to decorate
Hanging decorations makes for a beautiful venue, but it’s also time consuming. Eventually, you also have to take them all down and decorations often create a great deal of waste. Balloons are a great way to decorate and when you are done, there is very little waste. Balloons also fill up a large space and come in almost every color under the rainbow. Whether you are having a baby shower, graduation party, anniversary party or just a neighborhood backyard BBQ, balloons make every event festive. With a wide range of balloons available ranging from traditional latex to mylar, you can even buy event specific balloons – and probably spend less money than on most decorations. If you happen to be throwing a party for a promotional even, you can even have custom mylar balloons made just for your event.
3. Mix-and-match, reuse and upcycle
Thrift stores are a great place to shop for party items. Best of all, you can purchase items inexpensively and then just donate them back to the thrift store when you are done. This way, decorations don’t end up in a landfill and you don’t have to find a way to store them away when you are done, either. Tie matching ribbons around an assortment of vases for centerpieces or cover tables in an assortment of tablecloths in the same palette. You can even serve guests on real plates and you don’t have to worry about them breaking or losing a piece of a matched set. The same goes for glassware as well.
Having a party is about celebrating, having a good time and dancing or spending time in conversation, not running around like a chicken with your head cut off. Throwing a party doesn’t have to be an expensive or stressful event if you just follow a few simple tips!