10 Tips For Throwing An Epic Event Without Breaking The Bank

June 4, 2024
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We've all been there — you want to throw an unforgettable bash, but your budget is saying "low-key kickback” instead. 🙅‍♀️ But don't worry, your besties at Hipstr have your back! We're spilling all the tea on how to slay your next event with some killer DIY hacks and an insanely fun photo booth setup that won't leave you broke. Let's get this party started! 🥳

Tip #1: Set The Vibe With A Curated Playlist 

Nothing gets the good vibes flowing like the perfect playlist. Spend some time crafting the ultimate party soundtrack on Spotify or YouTube — trust us, it's worth it! Pro tip: check if your venue has a speaker system you can use to blast those beats, and if not, be sure to bring your own speaker from home.

Tip #2: Get Crafty With DIY Decor 

Who needs pricey decor when you're a crafting queen? Tap into your creative side with some Pinterest-inspired DIY decorations. From colorful streamer backdrops to cute photo props made from recycled materials — the options are endless (and eco-friendly)!

Table with potluck style dishes on it

Tip #3: BYOB (Bring Your Own Bites) 

Catering costs can add up fast! Take some pressure off by making it a potluck-style event. Encourage guests to bring their favorite shareable snacks or dishes. You can even turn it into a friendly competition with prizes for crowd faves. Yum!

Tip #4: Level Up With Lights 

Good lighting can totally transform any space into an event wonderland. Grab some strings of fairy lights and get creative! Drape them around the room, over tables, or use them to highlight your DIY decor. Talk about a glow-up! 💡

Tip #5: Game Night? Count Us In! 

Free entertainment = budget's best friend! Plan some fun games or activities to keep guests engaged and having a blast — all without spending a fortune. Classic board games, trivia contests, or even an impromptu talent show are just a few penny-pinching ideas.

Tip #6: Party Favor Prizes 

Instead of splurging on party favors, tap into your competitive side! Hold little games or contests throughout the night with fun prizes acting as favors — like mini bottles, snacks, vouchers, or other small gifts you can grab on the cheap. 

Couple taking a photo using a Hipstr photo booth

Tip #7: Create a Custom Hipstr Photo Booth 

Why spend a fortune on separate entertainment, decor, and favors when you can get it all wrapped up in one epic package? We're talking Hipstr's legendary Halo photo booth package! This baby covers so many bases: built-in entertainment with unlimited guest prints (hello, perfect party favor!), a customizable backdrop for Insta-worthy decor, and premium ring lights for a total glow-up in every snap. You can check off multiple boxes on your budget bash checklist with just one booth. Talk about a major cost-saving win! 

Tip #8: Get Your Pals Involved 

Why go at it alone? Enlist your crew to help set up, run activities, or bring food and drinks. You'd be surprised how happy they'll be to pitch in for their favorite party host!

Tip #9: Embrace BYOB (for Beverages Too) 

Much like the potluck food situation, you can cut major costs by having guests BYOB — for beverages, that is! Ask them to bring along their favorite sips, and you just provide a few simple mixers, garnishes, or sodas.

Tip #10: Remember, It's All About the Experience!

At the end of the day, an epic celebration is about the memories made, not how much you spent! With a little creativity and these budget-friendly tips, you'll be able to throw a total rager that you and your squad will be rehashing for years to come (thanks to those fire Hipstr pics, of course)!

Now get out there and get this party started on a budget! Don't forget to share your DIY event deets and tag us in your Hipstr photo booth shots. We'll be cheering you on!

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