Tips for party planning on a budget!

party planning on a budget

Party Planning on a Budget


by Jasmine Mee Lee

Half the fun of throwing a party is the planning, but sometimes all those little details can add up and suddenly you don’t have enough money for the cake. Here’s a few tips that help you create a memorable party without breaking the bank!



It seems simple but a theme can really tie together a party. You might have a favourite colour and go monochrome or love the cottage core aesthetic. A theme also makes the decision-making process easier and more exciting. Check out Pinterest or Instagram or even your favourite book for inspiration and have let your imagination run wild!


Party Playlist

Music is a great way to set the mood and by creating a playlist you can decide how you want your party to unfold. It might start out as an elegant afternoon tea and end with as a dance marathon. It is also a fun way to involve your guests, you can ask them for their karaoke go-to or their guilty pleasure.


The Tablecloth

The infamous tablecloth. Sometimes it’s handed down from one generation to another, given as a well-meaning gift or even spotted at your local op-shop and has been sitting your cupboard almost forgotten. Well now is the perfect opportunity to bring it out! A tablecloth can brighten up a space or add a touch of elegance. If you’re opting for a more casual buffet style, it can dress up the food table. And if you don’t have one, don’t worry. A tablecloth can be anything as long as it covers your table!


Glass Jars Decorations

The simple glass jar is a part planner’s best friend. It’s a great way to upcycle old jars and can be reused. If your jar has a pesky label, try soaking it in hot soapy water. And if you don’t have enough jars, check out your local op-shop. Our favourite decorations are flowers, fairy-lights and our rainbow bioconfetti ( This can add a pop of colour to your table or brighten a dark corner of the room with some glittering lights.


Instead of Gifts

We all know it can be difficult to find the perfect gift for someone, so why not try something different? Instead of a present ask your guests to bring a plate of their favourite food. It can be tough to cater a party and this way everyone will have something they like to eat. We suggest divvying up sweet and savory or telling guests only to bring savory because you’ve got dessert covered. A great trick for dessert is to have a sweets table where everyone can assemble their own.


Disposal Camera App

If you like disposable cameras but not the waste, why not try an app? David’s Disposable ( is a great alternative because just like film cameras you have to wait overnight for the photos the ‘develop’. We recommend having a designated phone as the camera and let your guests snap away!