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1-MINUTE GUIDE TO

THROWING A PARTY

Celebrating is an expensive business!

Ladies will spend on average £206 on the perfect party outfit and £265 million worth of alcohol was drank in Britain during December!

But if you're throwing a party we’ve got tips to keep your costs low

Feed your party for less than £20! Cut the cost of your perfect outfit! Find FREE glass hire, FREE venue hire and FREE entertainment

Have a glamourous get together on a money-savers budget!

 

Need to know

  • It's easy to get carried away when you're planning a celebration. Figure out what you can afford and make yourself a budget allocating funds to food, drink, venue, outfit, invitations, entertainment and other miscellanous costs (although we're confident you can get lots of this very cheap if not for free)
  • Don't feed your guests if you don't have to- it's a HUGE expense that is easily cut by pushing your party back to after dinner 
  • Use mysupermarket to quickly find food and booze bargains. This may also be the perfect time to use the first time buyer discounts for stores like Tesco (save £15 when you spend £60) and Ocado (save £20 when you spend £80) which you can find on our Supermarket Shopping Guide
  • Try and get your venue for free. If your home is out of the question, have a look at local pubs or even (for the slightly more upmarket) hotels which may let you have a room for free if you use their bar. We just typed our location and ‘hire free party Venue’ into Google and got loads of options. Village halls can also be very cheap, some are as little as £5 an hour
  • We've split our tips into the three levels of partying from the very causal to the ultra-glam!
 

The Get Together: Budget- £0-£25

Level 1! Are you celebrating an occasion, (birthday...? Day that ends in 'Y'...?)

  • BYO…(bring your own...) This is the money-savers go-to phrase. You could have a ‘bring a dish, bring a bottle’ party, invite your guests to bring a starter, main or dessert. This is especially good if you’re having a themed party, Oxfam do a fun FREE dine the world party kit
  • Don’t blow your budget on a band or DJ. A personalised playlist is far cheaper and you know you’ll get your favourite songs. Kids party games are also great fun at grown up parties- musical statues is a great way to get your guests to ‘bust a move’
  • Want to watch a movie? Get the free trials of Now TVAmazon Instant or Netflix to access loads of films or use the £5 free credit for Blinkbox to rent a new release for £1

Spotify Premium 30 day free trial

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Why we like it:

  • free trial to Premium membership of the online music site
  • play from your mobile, tablet or smart TV
  • stream or download your choice of millions of songs
  • easily build a playlist
  • cancel Premium at any time

Watch out:

  • free service has ads

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ASDA Direct- Cheapest Partyware

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Why we like it:

  • 100 plastic cups £1.50
  • 100 napkins £1
  • 50 paper plates £1
  • 50 balloons £1
  • 100 pack plastic cutlery £1.50
  • free click and collect
  • free delivery for smaller items

Watch out:

  • you'll have to go to the grocery site to buy party food, where different delivery charges will apply

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The Shindig: Budget £25-£75

Level 2! The big party to celebrate a special occasion either at home or in a slightly bigger venue...

  • Cook up a big batch of chilli or curry and serve with dipping chips/ naans, rather than spening loads on finger foods. You'll be able to feed your party for under £20!
  • If you’re looking for a hot new party outfit check out the Secret Sales sites, it is best to buy from these sites well in advance as they can be slow to deliver. Now would be the right time to buy for New Years. Also check out discount cosmetic sites like gorgeous shop and allbeauty for big discounts on your favourite products

evite- free invitation site

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Why we like it:

  • free e-invitations
  • LOADS of design choice (general templates)
  • you can send out to email addresses
  • RSVP options means you get emails

Watch out:

  • it's an American site
  • we had to 'fudge' the ZIP code as it wouldn't accept UK Postcode, so put it in the main part of the address. It didn’t affect the invite

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Catch my Party- DIY Party Projects

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Why we like it:

  • loads of REALLY great DIY party decorations in one place
  • tips are upfront about how time consuming it will be

Watch out:

  • American site so they will recommend American shops for your supplies
  • some will take time and might mean you have to go craft shopping

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Revolution Bar- free venue hire

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Why we like it:

  • venues around the country
  • each venue has different sized rooms on offer to suit any party size
  • venues are well presented
  • food available to buy

Watch out:

  • you will have to pay a deposit or pre-book and pay for some food or drinks before the night
  • you are committing to you and your guests buying Revolution drinks all night
  • food is pricey- from £8.50 a head

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The Soiree: Budget- £75+

Level 3! Are you celebrating a VERY special occasion and want to go upmarket but still on a moneysavers budget? All the advice above stands but here are posh top tips...

  • Want to do posh looking finger foods? It's all in the presentation, get 3 silver trays for £2 at Wilkos then visit the supermaket freezer sections to find deals on party foods, Iceland and ASDA are very budget friendly, whilst M&S are currently doing 3 for 2 on party food
  • If you need glasses check out Sainsbury's free glass hire, all you need is a £20 deposit, 48 hours notice (giving more notice is safer in the BIG party seasons) and ID if you are borrowing over 100 glasses. Treat them kindly though as you will be charged for breakages
  • Haggle! If you are having a party in a hotel they are likely to give you a discount on the rooms.
  • CHAMPAGNE There is always a great Champagne deal to be had, Aldi and Lidl are consistently cheap with Champagne for £12 and £13

Girl Meets Dress- rent a designer dress

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Why we like it:

  • hire a designer dress for a fraction of it's value
  • the biggest site of this kind with the most choice
  • hire a Alexander McQueen worth £585 for £49
  • join mailing list and get a £10 discount card
  • if it doesn't fit you don't pay
  • have three dresses sent to you to try and only pay for the one you use
  • no need to dry clean
  • get 15% off with code BOUNTY15

Watch out:

  • standard delivery (including returns) £9.95
  • same day delivery within London £20
  • insure dress for small tears and spillages £7
  • serious damage chargeable

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Majestic Wine

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Why we like it:

  • wine warehouse
  • can arrange sale or return with store to get unopened bottles refunded
  • free glass hire for a £1 per glass deposit
  • good priced crates of beer
  • save on RRP when you buy multiple bottles

Watch out:

  • for smaller parties deals at supermarkets may prove cheaper
  • minimum buy 6 bottles
  • spend £40 for free delivery

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The inside track

  • Are you a frequent party thrower? Invest in plastic tableware, whilst 50 paper plates from ASDA will only £1, 50 plastic plates from ASDA will cost you £2.75 and (if you can face the washing up) you should get more than 3 parties out of them
  • If you've got friends who wear a similar size, organise a clothes swap, you always feeling a bit more glam wearing something that is 'new to you'
  • You can get free make-overs at cosmetic counters in department stores like Debenhams. MAC do ask that you buy a product and it is considered slightly rude to have a make-over with no intention of buying anything- but if you happen to need a new lipstick or similar why not wait until just before your party…
  • DON'T feel pressured to give party favours, but if you're looking for cheap ideas consider homemade cupcakes or (for the nostalgia factor) party bags filled with retro penny sweets
  • TOP TIP for Londoners, if you think you might get a taxi home at the end of the night get the FREE Kabbee app which will quickly find you the cheapest available registered mini cab

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