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Useful Tips To Throw A Great Party And Stay On A Budget

Useful Tips To Throw A Great Party And Stay On A Budget

When we hear the word “party” we automatically get excited, but when we are supposed to be the hostess  we start feeling a little nervous because of the budget, organization, invited list, activities etc. And certainly having a party is not a decision we can take easily. There are different types of celebrations we can do according to our needs, budgets, and tastes.

So, if you are thinking about having a party for any reason (birthday, anniversary, wedding, prom, or just for fun) without spending lots of money and time, here are some useful tips you should consider:

Do not spend a cent on invitations 

It is true that sending a personalized invitation gives more style and formality to your party or event. And regardless of celebrating a simple house reunion or a big event, people love to receive the card or invitation and share it. Nowadays, technology has improved this option by offering us the chance to make our own digital and paperless invitations.

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So, stop spending money and paper on this step—go online and start creating digital invitations for all your upcoming events; there are also many websites and tools that can help you on this. For sending, you can use an email service for like MailChimp or SendInBlue, which offer free limited versions. Find free templates and designs on sites like Canva.com.

Do not spend too much on the “perfect outfit”

Every time we have a special occasion we tend to go shopping and spend lots of money on our outfits. There are many money-saving tips when shopping for clothes that you can use. There are people who get their dresses online and people who prefer shopping at small boutiques. Remember that you can take advantage of discounts, cut out coupons, and look up promotions from apps and websites.

Not convinced? Well, you can prepare your outfits in advance and shop out of the season; that way you will find better prices. You need to remember that you should only buy what you need and what you can actually pay for.

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Save money on food and drinks

This might be the biggest expense when throwing a party.

You can cook something that’s low cost like vegetables, pasta, or soups. Here are some budget-friendly and easy party meals you can prepare:

– Sliders or baguettes
– Bruschetta with baked tomato
– A big salad
– Have a self-serve popcorn or potatoes bar.
– Ham and cheese rolls
– Homemade pizza

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And about the drinks, there are many people who like offering light cocktails or beers (which are the cheaper beverages) and others prefer to include a “BYOB” (bring your own booze) on their invitations. And another good tip, you can prepare fruit-infused water—your guests will just love it.

Surprise your invitees by hiring a party bus or limosine

There is a way you can mix the fanciness, safety, and style in a money-saving way. What about asking for a safe party bus service that can pick up and drop off all your guests? You probably know that people just love the idea of pre-partying on the road and that way you can be sure that nobody will be drinking and driving. You might think that this idea is expensive but the reality is that you can find great deals and promotions on the web. Plus you will be relaxed and worry less about the safety of your guests, the amount of parking space or any other transportation issue.

And lastly, be sure to make your guests feel welcomed and enjoy the celebration!

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By using these tips, your party is guaranteed to be a blast!

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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