If you are like me, a holiday party is lots of fun to plan, but when you finally get down to making it happen, you'll realize a party can get expensive and complicated. You want everything to turn out perfectly and that never happens. People don't go to a party to make you feel good about the great plan you've managed to pull off. Your guests will go to have a good time and you shouldn't stress out because of it. Here is a way to have a Halloween party that will fulfill your "Holly Housewife" dreams, without breaking the bank or dampening your partygoers’ spirits.
First, if you are hosting the party, clean up your house. The earlier you do this and keep it this way, the less stressed you'll be when the party day comes around. You'll be overwhelmed if you have bought decorations the day of and then suddenly find yourself having to clean up and then put up the decorations. Spare yourself the migraine and clean up now.
Next, look up ideas for decorations, recipes, and costumes for the party. If you find creative things you can make them yourself and you won't have to buy expensive decorations at a craft store. Find the recipes for creative refreshments you can make at home. Pre-made items are usually expensive, so you'll save money and people will be impressed by how you've come up with such unique ideas.
Make a list. Before you take your big shopping trip, make a list of the items you'll need to buy to set up for your party. Make sure you only put things on the list that you really need. If you find yourself wanting that cute centerpiece in the store that isn't on your list, just move on. It's probably too expensive. You could grab some colorful leaves and put them in a bowl as an easy alternative. Chances are your guests won't notice the difference. Suggestions and cheaper alternatives like this can save your bank account.
Once you have all of your decorations, costume, and recipes thought out, make a guest list and invite people. You can invite your friends through Facebook, but if you want to go the extra mile, send legitimate invitations. People feel special when they receive handwritten invitations and will be more likely to show up. Be specific on these invitations. Make sure you put the where and when on the invitations. If you're like me, you'll want them to wear Halloween costumes, so put this on the invitations too. Tell them that they can bring anything they feel would contribute to the party. If you and your guests plan on drinking, add “bring your own booze” to the invitation so that your money isn't demolished by a trip to the liquor store.