Budget Boons: Tips for Building the Perfect Party without Breaking the Bank


If you’re itching to plan a big party, but you’ve got budget worries on the brain, it’s time to get a little creative. All the best party planners know that it isn’t about how much you spend. With the right amount of personality and sparkle, even a budget blowout can look like a million dollars. After all, as long as your guests are happy, you can call it a success, right?

So, forget about expensive bottles of champagne and fancy caviar! Hire a photo booth, invite your best friends and start making some memories. You can even add a DIY red carpet if you need some extra glamour. Get guests to sashay down it as they arrive and then pose for snaps in the booth afterwards. You can give the pictures back to them as party mementoes.

Snappy Photobooths have put together the following list of tips to help you pull off the most fabulous event of the year.

Hire a Photo Booth

Hiring a professional photographer is an expensive affair and, besides, it can feel curiously old-fashioned for an informal party. You can save cash and add an interesting feature to your event by hiring a photo booth instead. If you pick a vendor which offers delivery and installation, as part of the package, all you have to do is wait for it to turn up. Your guest can start posing for pictures as soon as they arrive.

DIY Your Décor

One of the simplest and easiest ways to save cash is to handle the decorations by yourself (or ideally, with the help of friends). Get down to a local craft store and fill up on coloured card, metallic streamers, confetti, and balloons. Then, take a walk around your favourite thrift stores and flea markets. You’ll be amazed at the amount of second-hand items which make amazing table decorations and centrepieces.

Make It an Exclusive Affair

Contrary to popular belief, bigger isn’t always better.

You don’t see celebrity power couples inviting everybody in town to their parties, as they keep the guest list small and intimate. While their main concern might not be budget, the result is the same. You get to save cash and your event is attended exclusively by people you know you can have lots of fun with. Plus, playing host is much more enjoyable with a smaller crowd.

Maximise Those Appetisers

It is rare, even for formal parties, to have guests sit down to a full meal. So, don’t pile the pressure on and overinflate your budget for no reason. As long as there is enough food to eat and it’s suitably tasty, nobody is going to complain. Think nibbles, canapes, and appetisers; things that you can pluck from a table with your fingers without causing a mess. You can even add a little twist by setting up a DIY station for relish, dips, and sides.

Keep the Party Favours Simple

The great thing about hiring a photo booth is the fact that they come with their own party favours. Guests can take their snaps home as special tokens of the event. It will save you some cash because you won’t have to spend on trinkets and gifts. Photos tend to last much longer than parties favours too, so they’re actually better gifts in many ways. Just don’t forget to share them with everybody else on social media.  

Why Budget Doesn’t Have to Mean Boring

Anybody has ever been to a great party knows that you need more than money to have a great time. In fact, if you don’t have the imagination and creativity to throw a totally unique event, all the luxuries in the world won’t keep guests interested. The most important assets are personality and passion – remember that and you’ll always be a stellar party planner.