Some people just have a talent for throwing parties! They can not only organize everything in a jiffy but also save a lot of money in the process. However, for us normal Joes and Janes, hosting an office party and also doing it on a budget is a pretty daunting task. So, here are some tips that can help you not only be a perfect host but also stay budget-friendly.
Use easy and cheap invitations
Unless it’s a very formal office party, you don’t need paper invitations at all. Ditch them for Evites that are completely free to send and give your colleagues and employees the opportunity to RSVP right away. If you know that everyone from your company is on Facebook, make an event page where you can put all information. These two ways to invite guests are the cheapest, fastest and most convenient.
Provide tasty food on a budget
Of course, no one expects you to serve smoked salmon and caviar bites at your office party, but don’t skimp on food. Food is a universal language that everyone not only knows how to speak but loves to speak! Luckily, you can save a lot of money with various meat skewers, soup shooters and dips to keep your guests full on a budget. If cash is really tight, consider organizing a potluck dinner. Also, keep in mind that plated meals can often be less expensive than buffets and they look much more elegant. You can organize a potluck event for side dishes and salads and provide the main course yourself—it’s a neat compromise.
Keep in mind that your menu needs to stay true to your party theme. If possible, create a color scheme that will incorporate your brand colors, but that doesn’t mean that you have to go with caviar and shrimps if your logo is orange. Tangerine decoration and cute carrot and orange pepper crudité will do the trick!
Don’t let alcohol eat your budget
This is one of the worst enemies of the budget when it comes to organizing a party, especially if you’re expected to satisfy a lot of tastes. Full bottles of a variety of alcohol will put a serious dent in your budget. If going alcohol-free isn’t an option, there’s still a way to save your party and your money. For instance, you can take a classy route and pick one or two signature drinks for the party. This way, you can only grab a few types of alcohol and even opt for cheaper options. You don’t need the most expensive tequila if you’re making fruity margaritas! However, be sure to provide plenty of non-alcoholic drinks or serve virgin options of your cocktails.
Provide amazing entertainment
If you want to get the party going, you need good entertainment. Firstly, there’s no way your guests will be able to relax without some good tunes. Luckily, you can compile a fun playlist and ditch the band. As long as the music is good and versatile, your guests won’t care where it’s coming from. Secondly, you might want to hire pros to keep your guests occupied and engaged. And don’t think you’ll have to spend thousands of dollars on entertainment. For instance, a professional mentalist can keep your guests in awe before the meal, put on a perfect after-dinner show and wow everyone while your budget stays basically intact. Now that’s a neat party trick!
Decorate with cheap décor
If you hate spending money on decoration, just know that some of the things you might have sitting at home can be perfect for your office party. Instead of wasting money on expensive centerpieces and overpriced lighting, you can use champagne and fruit to decorate your tables and grab some fairy lights for a small touch of magic. You can also grab candles by bulk and surround them with some citrus fruit. This setup will not only look amazing but also smell great.
Thinking of your budget might not put you in the mood to party, but once your colleagues and bosses arrive and see what you’ve done for them, you’ll feel amazing! With some creativity, you can easily provide your guests with the best (cheap) party the office has ever seen. Some good food, drinks and entertainment will give you something to talk about in the workplace for weeks!