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It’s true. Aussies sure love to stitch up the perfect outdoor event and we’re very good at it. We’re masters at cooking the perfect steak and chilling our beer ‘just so’ while we relax outside on the outdoor furniture we’ve worked hard for. We’re also great at whipping up cheese platters and starting witty conversations about every topic imaginable. We’ll spill those stories until the early hours of the morning. We love to laugh, live large and let it all out.
Australia sure is a great place to live, especially on a hot summer’s night with a whole evening to relax and in the company of our “besties.”
But here’s the thing:
Some Aussies let their show down by forgetting a few simple aesthetics that can really make the difference between a ‘great night’ and an ‘unforgettable’ night. And, if you’ve ever been to or held such a party, you’ll know you nailed it because people will continue to talk about your party for many years to come. Others will ‘take a leaf out of your book’ at their next party. They’ll thank you for the great party ideas such as the marshmallow skewers or the inspirational creative costumes you wore at your last themed party. Parties are great how they give back like that.
There are some things I believe are key to the perfect summer outdoor party. Here’s a list from my own private ‘list of party essentials’ that have made our parties popular over the years.

1. Create a quirky, interesting twist on normal food

I love to skewer things and people have loved this idea at my parties. I skewer all kinds of food items like marshmallows (and place them around the house in vases), fruit, vegetables, meat and much more. What I love about skewers – is that they look great even if you are putting super cheap ingredients on the skewer. People also love them because they’re hygienic and easy to carry while at an event. They also don’t get their fingers too sticky. These are always a hit at my parties.

2. Make your outdoor zone both comfortable and stylish

Invest in gorgeous outdoor furniture that will last the test of time. Make sure the furniture is durable and comfortable as well as stylish. Consider a great outdoor settee (think ‘The Block TV Show’) as well a beautiful outdoor table. Comfortable guests who feel treated in terms of ‘style’ and ‘comfort’ will thoroughly enjoy their night. It’s nice to make guests feel as though they’re dining out in a hotel lobby or a city bar. It’s great to be able to create that kind of ambience without leaving home.
Think cool furniture like this:

Dining Table

Image Source: Freedom Furniture

Outdoor Sofa

Image Source: Freedom Furniture

5. White Fairy Lights

One of my super cheap and cute tricks at a party are white fairy lights. I will throw fairy lights on the dining table to give the evening an instant feel of glamour and style. IMPORTANT: Use the BATTERY OPERATED kind – so guests don’t electrocute themselves if they spill a drink!

6. Create ambience with music

I can’t believe the number of gatherings I’ve been to where the gift of music is simply forgotten. Please don’t forget music. Start the evening off with some light, easy listening (lounge or jazz etc) and then move into heavier dancing music later on. Make sure music is playing when your guests arrive. Do not make music an ‘afterthought’ and always create a playlist ahead of time. If you don’t have time consider using a digital radio attached to speakers tuned to a cool station like Koffee.com.au. Such stations offer awesome music you can play all night long that will surely impress your guests.

7. Invite the right people

In terms of people, I’ve always believed quality is better than quantity. People really make a party. I’d rather sit around that lovely dining table I invested good money in with people who matter. Pick people you love to hang out with, who make you laugh and offer you good advice and kindness. Ditch anyone who has ever put you down, laughed at you, turned out to be false, stolen your ideas and are only self-interested. These kinds of people are not friends and not worth the time or money you’re spending on them. Be strict with this. Life is far too short to suffer friends who are not on your side.

8. Pot-luck party food and BYO alcohol

If you are on a low budget but would like to treat your friends to a great party consider a pot-luck party. People are usually happy (and would prefer) to bring something along so don’t be afraid to ask. Aside from the offering of a slab of beer or some Champagne for the ladies, make your party BYO. This way you won’t break the bank. If you’re event is hosting families (including kids) definitely go pot-luck – as kids really ramp up the numbers and parties can become very expensive if you have to feed all adults and their kids.

9. Photo booth

With social media being so popular Photo Booth’s are becoming increasingly well liked at parties and weddings. It’s easy to create a cool photo booth with a simple piece of cardboard with a rectangle cut out in the middle of it. You can even buy Photo Booth kits at $2 shops or online these days that include cool masks and hats for your guests to pick out of.
Here’s the kind of fun I’m talking about:

Image Source: WeddingFriends.co.za

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I am always looking for cheap party ideas and I love to party so much that every season I visit thrift shops and buy myself a fancy new party shirt! If you also love to party, it is important to become a strategic party-goer in terms of seeking out cheap party ideas. If not, you will find that partying becomes a large part of the reason you may be broke, or near broke, or drunk and broke. Did I mention broke? Of course, there is nothing more satisfying that being a strategic party-goer.

Grab these cheap party ideas and hold a party for under $20!

  1. Party shirt from Savers $2
  2. Make the party BYO $0
  3. Bottles of wine for self and ‘friend’: 2 x cleanskins: $10
  4. Bottle of mineral water (to avoid hangover tomorrow and pigging out on junk food): $2
  5. Have a pot-luck party at home: $10

There. For the cut price of $22 you’ve got yourself a room full of friends, booze on the table, food for everyone in the room and you are standing there in the most dashing party shirt anyone has ever seen. See how easy it can be? Peanut anyone? The next time you have a party see if you can do it for $22! Cheaper than fish and chips or movies for the night! Plus, you get to keep the shirt so you can wear it to work and show it off there too. Life of the tearoom? A totally different story…
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I love a party and especially a cheap party ideas. Parties are best thrown with creative flair! The following are some inexpensive party ideas from my 40th birthday, which were a hit! These party tricks make for a fun and inexpensive party and made my guests feel fantastic. My theme as ‘Phat on Funk’ and I wore a black sequined catsuit and afro! What a way to bring in 40!
Let me just say that a good time was had by all!
Here are five cheap party ideas that will have your guests drinking, dancing and being generally merry!

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5 cheap party ideas for creating a deliciously lavish party

Create a lavish centre piece for the room

Take a free-standing plant or tree. String up white fairy lights on the tree and add some fake flowers from an op shop. If you have a feather boa add that too. Use extra branches from the garden and get creative with it. Wrap some funky fabric around the base of the plant.

Add fluffy stuff like fairy floss and marshmallows!

Marshmallows are great for a cost effective gathering. Buy them and stick them on skewers! Buy a couple of packets of marshmallows, put them on skewers and place them in vases. Place fairy floss in interesting glasses or vases and place them around rooms. Make sure you prepare the fairy floss just before the guests arrive or you may have melted floss at your party. Not good.

Tickle em’ happy with feathers, fabric and tinsel

You can be very creative with a great piece of fabric, a string of tinsel or a feather boa. Don’t be afraid to use fabric on the dinner table! This can instantly change the room at a dinner party and is a great addition to your cheap party ideas list! Tinsel and feathers can be placed on tables, coffee tables and even on a wall to create different effects. Furthermore, don’t be afraid to pluck a boa and use the individual feathers. Cut pieces from a string of tinsel and dot them around the house in strategic places.

Stab it up and have fun with skewers

Have fun with skewers! Skewers are fantastic for making cheap ideas look great! Place cheese cubes on long skewers and pop them in a tall glass. Stick tinsel on the end of a skewer and dress up a cocktail. Make fruit skewers and place them on an elegant square platter.

Light up their night  with white fairy lights

I have a thing for white fairy lights. They can dress up a room instantly. String them along a sideboard or hang them creatively on a wall or around a hanging picture. Just be careful not to place the lights where guests may spill a drink! Exercise caution and common sense when using fairy lights.
See! Cheap party ideas are easy if you just put your creativity to it! Have a fabulous night!

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