Create an Inspiration Board
As soon as I get an idea for a party, I start a Pinterest board devoted to related decorations, food, drinks, etc.
Definitely over pin. You never know what will be useful and sometimes one idea can lead to another.
Save money by sending out a text message. I use the app Pic-Collage to create quick, themed invites, often times using screen shots from the Internet as images (possibly not legally). Once I save the collage I create to my photo library, I can just send out my little invite in a group text.
Use What You Have
A lot of times, I can put what I already have to use, rather than buying decorations. Consider repurposing objects, such as using books or toys in displays.
For example, using my son’s books and toys saved me from Amazon’s siren song of construction decor.
Utilize Sensory Decorations
Music is huge for creating a mood around a party. Pandora is a great app for making stations to support a theme or you can ask Alexa to play related music, if your home is as tech saturated as mine. Choose a movie or series that matches your theme as well. Hulu, Amazon Prime and YouTube might offer you the perfect option.
Be a Decoration
Find how-tos online as to make-up and hair. Mine thrift stores, the Internet and your own closet. Remember that all fashion is cyclical, so even if you don’t have a diamond necklace from the ’30s, you might have a statement necklace from Target that you got in the DiCaprio driven Gatsby revival.
Here I am killing it (no pun intended) as Bonnie Parker for a 1930s birthday.
Tips for Success:
Make lists. To do, grocery, guests, you name it. I use the notes app on my phone so they are always with me and easy to modify.
Try to do as much as you can before hand. Just tackle a little at a time when you have the time.
Focus on what will offer the most juice for the squeeze. If no one will notice the difference between homemade lemonade and frozen concentrate, throw some fresh lemon slices in a pitcher of prepared lemonade and call it a day.
Allow enough time for you to comfortably get ready. Try to be presentable an hour prior to when you can expect your first guests. You can go back to work when you’re done, but at least you’ll be ready to receive guests. Believe the voice of experience on this one!
Get inspired by what’s out there, but make it yourself. Again, it seems like a time suck, but if you start early, you can get a lot done in ten minute increments.
Deviled eggs for my ’60s party. I made them in ten minute intervals over several weeks. Just kidding.
So, there you have it. I love to throw parties, but kids definitely present a challenge to living up to my old celebration standards. What tricks do you have for making a party happen when time and or money is tight??