Aside from the hundreds of tasks already on your to-do list when planning a party or event – size, location, refreshments, guests, dress code and more – there’s also the need to consider décor. What good is a room full of people if there’s no atmosphere?

With countless options floating around today, not to mention the sheer cost of styling your soirée, it can be enough to make you want to hang up your party planning boots.

Fear not. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

Think Outside the Box

You don’t need to decorate to the high heavens to create the vibe you’re searching for; simply choose a theme and go from there.

Society has a way of smooshing anything ‘popular’ into our respective faces, so you’re no doubt up with the latest trends on – well – everything. However, just because the Joneses have walked that path, doesn’t mean you have to. It can be a lot easier on your hip pocket if you don’t!

If you’re the crafty type, you can hand make place cards, bunting, photo boards, lanterns, or even produce some artwork to display. Making your own is often a great way to cut down the overall cost of your occasion and stick to budget.

Water beads are an inexpensive way to brighten up any function. These tiny specks of polymer swell to shiny, event-worthy water beads after you soak them in water. They look great as a table centrepiece in a vase, with LED lights for atmosphere, or with a big ol’ bunch of flowers. With many colours available, you can easily choose those that will fit in with your theme.

Do Your Research

Pinterest is a winner when researching anything style related. Pour through thousands of images related to your specific theme, and you’ll be sure to walk away with at least a few rock-solid ideas. Of course, the internet in general is a wonderful place to do your décor research. There’s really no right or wrong when it comes to décor as it’s all about your vision, so you can make up your own mind about what’s fabulous, and what’s not.

Aside from the world wide web you can flick through magazines, find inspiration in public places, or think back to past events you’ve attended. You may discover some standout ideas that you can incorporate into your own theme.

Hit the Shops

Once you’re set on a theme and have listed the items you’ll need, it’s time to hit the shops – whether physical or virtual – and stock up.

Shopping online is quick, convenient, and a simple way to compare prices in a jiffy. Though, if you’re looking for a way to really save some coin, it’s worth visiting a few op shops to see what they have on hand. You may find some unique pieces that you wouldn’t see anywhere else – not to mention the bargain basement price tags!

So, you see, it doesn’t need to cost you an arm and a leg to set the scene. With a few DIYs and affordable purchases, you’ll be laughing all the way to – your party!