Planning a Sweet 16 party on a budget can be done. Providing your child with an unforgettable night doesn’t have to cost a fortune. If you begin planning early enough and spread the cost out over many months, even a year, you will be able to give your child a party filled with memories they will cherish forever.
In this series on planning on a tight budget we’ll cover every aspect of organizing the perfect party from the invitations to the venue. This first article will focus on the invitations and the theme parties.
Time honored tradition of Sweet 16 parties
Invitations may seem old-fashioned in this day and age. However, there’s something about holding an invitation in your hand that makes the party seem more real. If you have a computer and printer, or know someone who does, you can design your own.
With the colors and fonts available you can create any kind of invitation. You can then pick up the perfect paper to print them on. For example, you can get a pack of 100 pieces of elegant parchment paper at Office Max for under $20.00.
As a cost saving measure, even though parents aren’t keen on it, teenagers do find invitations sent through Facebook and text messages acceptable. Teenagers communicate is such different ways than in the past that it does make cutting out the expense of invitations a very viable option.
When planning the party consider choosing a color scheme as opposed to a theme based party. Buying decorations to match a theme can get costly. It can also be difficult to find everything you need. Sticking to a color pattern allows you to save money not only on the decorations but on the paper products such as napkins and plates as well.
The first step in planning a Sweet 16 party on a budget is to take a few minutes to plan out what you want to do. Figuring out the basics of how you want the end result to turn out will make it much easier to find ways to cut expenses.
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