- Have a Budget and Stick to It
The fact that a house party is small does not mean that you should do things out of nowhere. This is because doing so would only result in you spending so much money in other aspects and remain with very little for other very pressing areas like food.
- Have a Plan B
Just like anything in life, an event is prone to mistakes and omissions that could cost you the whole party. For example, a DJ may never show up or if they do, they may be running late when the guests have arrived. With this in mind, it is wise to have a backup plan just in case the caterer or anyone else fails. A failed house party is something that will be printed in people’s minds for so long and you do not want such a shame. For instance, to avoid music issues, have a collection of your guests’ favorite music on your laptop just in case the Dj fails. Also, have a few caterers’ contact list on speed dial to be on the safe side.
- Ask For Help From Friends
A house party or event is considerably small and you may never need to hire a caterer. Since you want enough time with your guests, you may still find yourself in the need of a caterer after all. In case you do, you can save yourself a few bucks by doing most of the tasks yourself. Alternatively, do not be afraid to ask for help from family members and friends. They can help you arrange the seats, do the decorations, set the tables, and spread the linens. You could then decide to let the caterer only deal with the preparation of food and serving the guests.
- Buy Local Produce
Did you know you could save so much by buying locally produced supplies and food? Locally produced food is cheaper because it does not involve any logistics. Most importantly, it is highly fresh and you will not need to refrigerate it some days leading to the event. The best thing about locally produced food is that you can negotiate for reduced prices because you are already familiar with the suppliers. Even as you do that, ensure to buy the food in bulk. Also, ensure to have a few suppliers’ contact list to avoid disappointments in case your selected supplier does not deliver.
- Arrange to Have the Kids Away From Home
Kids are fun beings because they are innocent and do not hold grudges with anyone. However, if you are hosting an event at home, they can be quite overwhelming. You will set the venue earlier to avoid last minute rushes only to have them rearrange everything when playing around. To avoid this headache, you can arrange to have them spend the night at a relative’s house a day before the event. This will help keep the arrangement intact until the event day and everything will run smoothly.
- Plan Ahead
The key to a successful event is not just planning, but planning ahead and effectively. Planning gives you ample time to address all the aspects without forgetting others. It also helps you prepare a contingency plan when things go amiss. As you do this, ensure to ask for tips and advice from friends and family who have held house events before. This will help make your planning bliss.
Landing a great caterer can also help you hold a great and successful house party so ensure to pick only the best and the most experienced. Check for customer reviews and ratings and this way, you can be sure you are working with a pro.