Valentine's Day is not just a holiday for couples — it's a holiday of love, which makes it the perfect time to celebrate your love for yourself or for your friends. Read on for some fun and frugal ways to celebrate V-Day!
The Super Bowl is one of those events that was made for spending with a group — just think of all the high fives and hugs you'll be giving out. If you and your friends are still figuring out what to do, consider throwing your own football fiesta; there's still enough time to plan an event for the 49ers/Ravens faceoff. Here's how:
Save money and revamp your wardrobe all at once by hosting a clothing swap with your friends. Not only will you get a chance to clean out your closet, but you'll also be able to add new items for free. Make the event as small or as big as you'd like, and keep things fun by serving playful cocktails with simple appetizers.
A few tips to make the swap run smoothly:
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While you might not be able to take trip this weekend, you can still get away — sort of. Plan a night in centered around travel, and you'll feel like you're in vacation land from the comfort of your very own home without spending too much.
With so many potential projects filling up your Pinterest DIY boards, hosting an art party is both budget-friendly and productive. With a few simple steps, you can turn your living room into an artist's studio and knock some of those must-try projects off your (ever-growing) to-do list.
Protect your space: Be sure that you stash anything you wouldn't want to get messy — vases, coffee-table books, place mats, etc. You'll want to cover your work surfaces with newspaper, recycled paper bags, or sheets of plastic that you can purchase at the hardware store.
Have guests pick a project and bring their supplies: If your guests select their own projects, then you can rest assured that everyone will be devoted to working on something they're truly interested in. Art supplies can really add up, so be sure to ask your friends to bring what they need to complete their projects. You can provide the basics like paintbrushes, pencils, glue, and paper, but everyone should be sure to pack a tote stocked with their project-specific materials.
Create the perfect playlist: After you send out your invitations, collect song requests or create a collaborative playlist on Spotify so everyone can contribute their most inspiring tunes. Having the music flowing will fill the gaps of concentrated silence while your guests are focusing on creating their masterpieces.
Admire your finished work: Be sure to celebrate your hard work with a gallery showing at the end of the night. Since you won't want to eat while you work (mixing paint and dip is not ideal), this would be the perfect time to bring out some appetizers. You could even incorporate some wine-tasting into the evening.
Share the love: Don't be afraid to trade projects with your guests. Sometimes artwork doesn't turn out exactly as expected, and you might have more fun swapping your creation than keeping it! Besides, what's cooler than having your friend's original artwork adorning your wall space?
If you still haven't figured out your New Year's Eve plans, then chances are a lot of your friends haven't either, so consider throwing your own soiree. It's not too late to plan an unforgettable party without spending too much. Here's how:
If you've always wanted to entertain in your home but felt it was too small, don't fret. Here are some ways to make a decent-sized group fit into your humble abode comfortably.
Pick up plastic platters, bowls, or even wineglasses from the dollar store, and transform them into chic party supplies with the help of homemade chalkboard paint. For less than $5, you've got the ingredients needed to mix together enough paint for upscaling dishes, turning them into seriously cool party provisions. Once the dishes are dry, write the names of snacks and appetizers on plates and bowls to let guests know what they're digging in to. And you can even coat the bases of wineglasses for guests to write their names, ensuring no one loses a drink.
Want to decorate the house this holiday season but aren't into decking the halls with red bows, green boughs, and sparkling lights? Here's a hip and eco-friendly decoration that is seriously easy but looks like you purchased it at a chic shop. Using burlap keeps the price of this holiday bunting around $5, and you can even personalize it to really celebrate the season.
One of the best ways to bring a group together is with a healthy dose of competitiveness. Luckily, hosting a game night doesn't require too much time, effort, or money on your end. Follow these tips to, err, score at your next party. Let the games begin!