So you finally have a patio, and now you’re planning to invite some friends over for a fun-filled afternoon. However, since you’ve just paid for that beautiful little patio, you don’t have enough left to host a party. But don’t fret! With a little bit of creativity and resourcefulness, you’ll be able to have a perfect outdoor party with your friends and loved ones any time of the year without spending a fortune. Here are some budget-friendly party ideas:
Choose a date and plan as early as you can
Start with a theme you want to go with, as this will determine what the rest of your decors are going to be for that nice weekend gathering in your new patio. If you set a date early, even months in advance if that’s possible, you’ll be able to purchase party decors during the offseason. This means you can to save a considerable amount as off-season items are usually much more affordable. Write down a list of everything that you’ll need for your party, and then come up with an estimate of how much it’s going to cost you. This will also guide you while you’re shopping for items. For big party items that you prefer not to purchase, ask your friends if you can borrow them instead. Again, list all of the things you borrowed as well as the name of the owners so that it will be easier to return them.
Hand-picked arrangements are your best bet
Putting fresh flowers around your patio will add a touch of warmth and elegance in your overall party design. Pick a few from your garden and put them in a small container jar that’ll work as your vase. If you don’t grow flowers, go to a grocery store and get some seasonal classics for that added color and aroma for your tables. You can buy these on the morning of your party; they’ll be able to stay fresh during the car ride. It will only take a few minutes to arrange them neatly in your tiny vases.
Make a simple lighting arrangement
You definitely can’t ignore a little ambient lighting if you’re planning to host an outdoor party, especially if it starts in the afternoon. You need proper lighting once it starts to get darker. Fortunately, you don’t need some fancy lighting to make this work. Get some globe string lights or small round bulbs and wrap them around your fences, tables, and even tree branches. They can give that nice glow in your space without looking over-the-top.
Prepare some party favors for your guests
Thank everyone for coming over with a beautiful piece of souvenir item. It doesn’t have to be expensive. You can scour some unique shops in Phoenix for party favors that your guests will surely love. Soaps, candles, mugs, simple jewelry pieces, and small picture frames are good choices. If you prefer something that they can eat at home, bake some cookies or simple cupcakes.
Lastly, if borrowing items from your friends is impossible, consider renting instead. You’ll have to spend a few dollars, but it’s cheaper than buying new items. Keep all these things in mind when planning a party and have fun with everyone you love!