Welcome to Party Tip Tuesday! Today we’re featuring Jenni of A Well Crafted Party. Jenni is here to share tips on party budgets and ways to add special personal touches to parties. I’ll now pass it over to Jenni so she can tell you more!
How would you describe A Well Crafted Party?
A Well Crafted Party the blog is all about celebrating the everyday parts of life. Each and every moment is something to be celebrated— even the not so pretty ones. However, the idea behind the name comes from my desire to craft an event from beginning to end with care and on a budget. I think a well crafted party is going to be a party that someone took the extra time to focus in on details, plan out the elements of the party, and enjoy their time planning.
Sunshine First Birthday – Photos courtesy of Motormouth Studios
How do you decide what the budget of a party will be and what are your tips for sticking to it?
My parties range in budgets of around $50 to thousands of dollars. The budget needs to first come out of what you can actually spend on a party. Parties (even weddings), in my opinion, are no reason to go into debt. But, also be realistic, you aren’t going to be able to feed fifty people on fifty dollars. When the budget is really tight and you still want to entertain, check with your close friends and family to see if they’d be willing to pitch in by bringing drinks or food. Potlucks can be surprisingly chic and affordable when planned with intention!
If you could splurge on one portion of the party, what area would that be and why?
I will always want to splurge on food and beverages. Good food and drinks is going to wow your guests and nourish them. Next on my list would be a fabulous photographer. I love the idea of not needing to pull out my camera before or during an event and still getting great images of the party.
Plaid Valentine’s Day Party – Photo courtesy of Motormouth Studios
What suggestions do you have for personal touches that could be incorporated into a party?
Paper goods are a great way to put in personal touches. The invitations, menus, tags, and signs for a party can include the guest of honor’s favorite colors, fonts, and materials. Favors are another way to bring in personal elements. A birthday boy who loves bubbles? Send bubbles with a personalized wrapper home as a favor. For the bride that is obsessed with chocolate a box of truffles given to each guest is a great way to add a personalized touch.
Love in Blossom – Photo courtesy of Capturing Grace Photography
What is the most unique party favor you’ve ever seen?
Oh… party favors. These are my favorite! I love a personalized party favor that can be used in some way. Food favors and drink favors are sure to be enjoyed by many. Other fabulous favors are items that can be used by your guests, but remind them of your event. I’ve given out homemade beer and flavored salts before. I’ve also given out personalized glasses and cups. One of my favorite favors to receive was a personalized reusable cup… I use it all the time and every time I use it I think of the wedding I got it at!
Summer Wedding – Photo courtesy of West Impressions
We’d like to send a big Thank You to Jenni for being featured in this Party Tip Tuesday! Be sure to check out the links to her social media accounts (top left hand side of her site) to keep updated on all of the fabulous party ideas & tips.
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