How To Throw A Fancy Party On A Budget

Want to host a fancy party but don’t have tons of money to spare? Worry no more!

By Keelia Clarkson2 min read
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While it’s a great deal of fun to host a party for our friends, family, or coworkers, it can be highly stressful beforehand. What with decorations, food, and entertainment, we’re bound to feel overwhelmed, especially once we take into account how much these things will cost.

Still, we want our gatherings to be enjoyable, lively, and memorable for our guests. And if you’re anything like me, you’d like your party to feel just a little fancy and special, without a steep price tag.

Luckily, hosting the elegant soiree of your dreams doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are 4 tips for hosting a party on the cheap:

1. Get Some Fairy Lights.

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Shutterstock/Ground Picture

An instant mood-setter, fairy lights are my favorite way to set the tone of the night- their warm, inviting glow is a stark difference from harsh, unflattering overhead lighting. Not only are they gorgeous, romantic, and whimsical, they’re also an easy way to cut down on your electricity bill (if you get battery-powered lights, that is). Stringing these lights along your walls will help make your space look inviting, your guests feel relaxed, and add an understated touch of elegance.

2. Create a Soundtrack.

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Shutterstock/Przemek Klos

Music is the simplest way to fill any dead silences that might occur, making your guests feel at ease. Depending on the feel of your party, you might choose a smooth, jazzy crooner playlist, an upbeat pop playlist, or an indie just-a-girl-and-her-guitar playlist. Whatever you pick, YouTube and Spotify are your best friends, with thousands of perfect playlists to switch between over the course of your gathering. Just hook up your phone’s bluetooth to a speaker, and start playing your favorite tunes.

3. Make a Charcuterie Board.

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Shutterstock/Natalia Van Doninck

If you live near a Trader Joe’s (every millennial’s favorite market), this will prove to be extra wallet-friendly. Just toast and butter a couple of french baguettes, arrange an array of cheeses, meats, olives, and dips, and there you have an inexpensive snack-dinner that feels refined. Not to mention, Trader Joe’s also has a great Charles Shaw wine selection and canned wines, both for just under $4. Quite a steal!

4. Play a Game.


Games aren’t just for kids! Get your guests talking, laughing, and opening up by having them participate in a fun, no-pressure, ice-breaker game. One of my personal favorites is “Two Truths And A Lie” because it provides players with a wonderful opportunity to learn about one another, loosen up, and make memories together.

Closing Thoughts

It’s already difficult enough to plan out a successful party; coordinating with your friends’ schedules, making sure your home is sparkling clean, and creating a welcoming atmosphere are just a few of the important tasks. I hope this list has provided you with some inspiration for your next party, and perhaps has helped to put your mind at ease at the thought of hosting one!