How To Throw An Elegant Dinner Party on a Budget

Did you just move into a new apartment and want to throw a housewarming party? Or are you planning to invite your close friends for a birthday celebration? Throwing a dinner party is no easy feat, especially if you’ve never planned one before.

Understandably, you want everyone to have a good time without breaking the bank. Whether you’re hosting for the first time or you’re working with limited space, check out our useful dinner party guide to put together a spectacular party on a budget. 

Carefully Plan a Guestlist

Sure the food and drinks are important elements of any party. But your guests are actually the ones that will ensure everything goes smoothly. So choose your guests carefully. Invite people you think will enjoy interacting with each other.

It’s also advisable to send out invites at least two weeks before the party. This gives your guests enough time to RSVP.

Set the Table

Paper napkins don’t exactly scream elegance. But buying restaurant-grade cloth napkins isn’t cheap. We’re happy to introduce you to a happy middle. 

You can easily buy unique and gorgeous fabrics from online home decor stores. Ideally, a napkin should be 22" x 22". You can also use a larger piece of fabric to use as a tablecloth. 

Make sure you choose a fabric that doesn’t fray easily. Otherwise, you’d have to hem the edges and you probably don’t have time for it. 

Get Fresh Flowers

Fresh flowers are one of the easiest and affordable ways to brighten up any space. Use a combination of fresh flowers and candles to create a stunning centerpiece for the dinner table. 

You should also make place cards for your guests. With a quick search, you can find a suitable template online. 

Stock Your Bar

Stock your bar with your guests’ beverages of choice. Make sure you have enough of everything including beers and wine. It would be best to set up ice, mixers, glasses, and stirrers so the guests can serve themselves. 

Set Up a Dessert Station

A dessert station is a delightful way  to welcome your guests. Get doilies and other paper crafting supplies to layout a scrumptious display of sweet treats. And don’t worry about baking everything from scratch, a great presentation will take your store-bought desserts to the next level.

Make a Playlist

What’s a party without music? The right music influences the overall atmosphere and helps people get in the mood to celebrate. So make a playlist with all your favorite tunes.

Find No-Fuss Recipes

Obviously, good food is incredibly important for a successful dinner party. When working with a tight budget, catering is out of the question. If you’re planning to cook everything yourself, take time to find no-fuss recipes that look impressive but won’t take up most of your time. 


<H2>: Prep Ahead of Time

Get most of the prep work for the food out of the way before the day of the dinner party. This way you can actually enjoy the party instead of slaving away in the kitchen.

Throwing your first dinner party may seem like a daunting task, but you've got this! Hopefully, our tips will help you plan a memorable night of conversations and lighter.