Celebrations & More: Party planning on a budget

Planning your child’s bar or bat mitzvah party, but worried about the cost?

Don’t stress out. Even if you have been dealt a blow by the current economy, there are still ways to achieve your vision.

Many components make up a party, but only a few are crucial: décor, music, venue and food. There are ways to save money; the main thing to remember is that if you are planning on a tight budget, be prepared to be significantly involved.

Her are a few tips:

Get a planner: Although it may seem counterintuitive, a planner can actually help you save money. A good and experienced planner will help you stay on budget, or let you know that what you want is not realistic for your budget. A planner can help you establish priorities within your number, and comes with a working knowledge of what that number will buy you.

Use the Internet: The Web is a great resource, especially for party favors. Edible favors are the least expensive, and you can create custom labels or wrappers to make it fun and personal. There are also a multitude of promotional items, like T-shirts or drawstring bags that you can find online.

Make it kid-centric. If you are truly looking to have a lower-budget party, make it less formal and make it all about the kids. You can do a simple and lovely lunch, and a kids’ party at night. They don’t need much to have a great time. Still invite your friends and family, but the message should be: This is for the kids. With that comes a very different expectation.

At the end of the day, your family and friends are there to celebrate and share in your joy. You have to be true to who you are, and to your child. You have to know your child well. — jns.org