How to throw a buzzing party on a budget?
New to the party planning community? Welcome aboard. Legend says that once you start partying, there’s no stopping you! Except when you’re running out of cash and you still have to pay the rent! Sounds like a deal-breaker? Well, don’t fret. Work on that guest list and read our recommendations to plan a buzzing party while staying within your budget!
Work on that budget
You’re probably tired of hearing it, but party planning starts with a budget. Once you come up with a budget for the party, consider half of the work done. Don’t dilly-dally for too long! And start with your budget as soon as you come up with a party idea! Freaked out? You don’t have to plan the party alone. A couple of helping hands will cast away your worries. If you are planning a friend’s surprise birthday party, ask your friends to pitch in and set a realistic budget. Your budget should include the key elements:
- Venue rental
- Entertainment options
A budget doesn’t require you to cut down on the venue rental or entertainment options, it simply means finding alternatives when doing your planning. We’ll get into that a bit later! It’s always better to invest more in the venue than in other things such as entertainment as the venue usually sets the whole mood for the party!
Being picky is not a bad thing when it comes to selecting a venue! Instead, you may want to cut down on the decor expenses or simply ask one of your budding celebrity friends to take care of the entertainment for the day. There are several ways to host an affordable day or night out. For instance, hiring a venue on the weekend instead of the first days of the week is likely to be on the pricier side. The same goes for peak season rentals. You can always throw a birthday shindig on a Monday night! And you can always get hitched in winter instead of summer and still plan the most exquisite wedding! Remaining open to alternatives when it comes to event dates and venue availability will help you reduce the party expenses. If you want to hire an affordable venue, start getting crafty. You can save lots of money by decorating the venue on your own. It’s also a fun experience to indulge in with your friends. Whether it’s paper crafts, flower arrangements, or balloon wreaths, you can find unique ideas for every event occasion on Pinterest. As for the entertainment options, you’ll probably want to keep it to conversations and dancing, both of which require no special skills. If not, you can always ask your friends to play some music or sing at the party! Bring on that guitar, young Elvis!
Pick an all-inclusive venue
Cheap doesn’t have to rhyme with shabby. The cheapest party venues are not always the best option if you don’t select the right one. When choosing a party venue, make sure the place has most of the things you need. For instance, if you’re planning a birthday party or a wedding reception, you can either opt for outdoor or on-site catering. The latter can sometimes be cheaper if it’s included in the venue package. While other venues may be cheaper to hire, they will be a lot more expensive with catering included. Other things to consider are the corkage fees, BYOB, and entertainment options. It’s easier to get your hands on top-notch spaces at an affordable price by using online marketplaces like ours to find a party venue where you don’t have to compromise on quality. Making sure that the venue provides a great backdrop for your event is key to the success of your Instagram-worthy party. Other things to consider are the assistance provided and the location when selecting the party venue.
Keep it simple
Planning an affordable event means you don’t have to spend all your money on the venue. By keeping your guests entertained, you won’t have to worry much about how popular or fancy the location is. Instead of hiring a high-end cafe, head to your neighborhood diner or keep it simple and hire a low-key eater. Keep in mind that most events are remembered for the experience, the good times and the company! Nobody will remember the chandeliers or the high ceilings a year after the event, but they’ll always remember the conversations and the happy times! Instead of hiring a DJ, play your own wonderful music. Potlucks are also excellent if you can’t afford on-site catering! Personal touches like these will certainly make your event one to remember for years to come!
Opt for a cash bar
There’s no party without a few vodka shots! However, drinks are a far cry from being affordable in the U.S.An easy way to save some money on drinks is to let your guests pay for the drinks directly at the bar instead of paying all of your guests at once. If you have sufficient funds, you can even add a “happy hour” to the event so that your guests may enjoy 1-2 free drinks while they can, or simply offer a welcome drink to the guests and let them pay for the rest of their drinks.
Cheap Party Venues in Houston FAQ
What is the rental price of a cheap venue in Houston?
Though parts of Houston are known for their lavish lifestyle, you can find an array of party spots for less than $100 per hour. And even less than $50 per hour. For less than $25, you can hire medium-sized party spaces. It’s worthwhile to point out that cheap venues frequently require a minimum spend, which is a minimum amount of money that must be spent on the food and drinks during the event. (All data according to Tagvenue.)
Where can I find hip venues in Houston, Texas?
Downtown – The ideal spot for parties. Downtown is where you’ll enjoy some bar hopping and where you will find plenty of cheap spaces despite its popularity.
Uptown – Perfect for some shopping before any event. Rent a back room or a semi-private room to party all night.
Washington Avenue – For the glamorous peeps, this is the place to be. You’ll find hip bars and cafes to host all types of parties in this area.
Do cheap venues include catering services?
Not always! Since the rental fees are usually on the lower side, cheap venues may not always provide inclusive catering. Catering may be provided at an additional charge.
What services does the venue rental include?
Rental services include several types of amenities depending on the venue. While some venues might provide in-house catering or assistance, others will require that you organize additional services such as entertainment on your own. If you’re uncertain about the services included, get in touch with the venue manager!