This has been a stressful time, but saving money on the endeavor makes it much easier on me. So I am going to share how I managed to save some extra money on the planning of these 2 parties.
First we will cover the 60th Anniversary party. This was organized by my sister in law, but we are all pitching in the planning, so that no one person spends all the money or time preparing for it. So that is tip #1: share the responsibility with others, that way no one person takes it on themselves.
We really wanted to make their "Diamond Anniversary" something special that they will never forget. My sister in law started it off, and I helped her along the way. She covered the basics, contacting guests, I helped her with those people she did not have their information already. We had a few things we knew we needed:
Cake, Decorations & Party Favors
My brother in law took on the cake, my sister in law took the decorations and I handled the favors. So I will share my money saving strategy.
I wanted something the guests could sign that had a photo of my in-laws as something they could display and always remember the day. Upon research, it was hard to get a photo, and the price of blowing up a photo and then getting the frame, making sure it was large enough for all the guests to sign, oh I just couldn't bring myself to do it. So one day a friend posted a discount code for Shutterfly, (they offer discount codes all the time, and all you pay is shipping) and it was for a free 8x8 photo book. And the light bulb came on over my head. I got photos from all my families facebook pages, and made a great Guest Book and paid only shipping, I paid a little extra for rush shipping, but that was only due to my procrastination. What a great deal!!! So tip #2, follow other friends and freebie pages to get discount codes for products.
Next I wanted something personal, and of course, the first thing that came to mind was personalized M&Ms. Of course, I had no idea how expensive they were!!! So I decided to look on Groupon and see if I could find any discount codes. JACKPOT!!! I found a listing for 20% off sale, followed the link, and found what I wanted. The 2lb bag on the site is $34.99, but on the sale I got 2 2lb containers for less than that! So I decided to make little treat bags for guests to take home. So I wanted some tulle & ribbon to make the bags. I went to Walmart, the rolls of tulle were almost $5, and I would have to cut and it did not have very much on the spool, so I just kept looking, and in the Wedding section found the tulle circles, BINGO, my job got much easier, and they were only 97 cents for 25!!! What a deal, and I got a cheap $1/3 pack of ribbon from the Dollar Tree. So I ended up spending about $35 for 30 treat bags (and still have 2lbs of M&Ms left to give to my inlaws). See the photos below of my DIY on making treat bags. So tip #3: Do your research, look for discount codes and short cuts that cost less money.
Tip #1: never get rid of left of goody bags. I still had some left over from his party last year, so I recycled them.
So until next week, keep up your thrifty ways!