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Plan, plan, plan. In advance.

You want to enjoy the party, so be sure to do as much planning as you can. Start with the theme, make a list of every detail you want to see there, and do as much of it in the weeks and days before the party as possible. Enlist a few assistants to help you pull it off (and then let them take care of last-minute details on the day of the party).

Saving Money: by starting early, you can spend time shopping around, ordering online (where you can find more selection and better pricing), and deciding exactly what you want to include in the party. You will also have more time to make custom decorations and details that will cost much less but look much more personalized.

To make the most of your plan, you must

Make a budget

I know, it’s no fun to think of making a budget, but it’s REALLY no fun to overspend on something as fleeting as a party. Decide in advance how much you want to spend on the party overall, then break down your expenses. How much do you want to spend on food, dessert, decorations, party favors, games, or any other category? Making a budget will help you define exactly where your priorities for this party lie. For a kids’ birthday party, you might want to splurge on the party favors and skimp on the meal; having a great party favor might be important for your wedding reception.

Saving Money: I think the application is clear in this case! Making a budget will help you make the most of every dime by knowing how much you have to spend and sticking to it. Hey, maybe you will even come in under budget!

How to save time, how to save money, on page 3 –>