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“How to plan a birthday party on a budget for adults” is one question that’s on the mind of a lot of people trying to plan small birthdays.

You see the problem with Nigeria- We love planning big, even when our pockets are crying for help. A lot of Nigerians see birthdays as an opportunity to fill up their Instagram pages with pictures.

Now, I am not saying that birthday celebrations are bad or vain. Life is your greatest gift, and as such, should be celebrated with your friends and loved ones, especially when you’ve approached milestones like ages 10, 18, 20, 21, 25, 30, etc.

So, if you want to know how to plan a birthday party on a budget for adults, not to worry. Here is a guide that will tell you what you need to do.

How to plan a birthday party on a budget for adults

The planning stage is very important. Birthday parties, no matter how small, can suck money out of your pocket. It’s best you plan with a clear head than embarrass yourself later.

1. You don’t need to snap pre-birthday photos

Nigerian girls will kill me for this one.

Who brought this as a rule anyway? Who told Nigerians that they must take birthday photos every year?

You don’t have to take pictures. Picture productions started as a means to help people capture memories. There is no rule book that says you must take pre-birthday photos. Most times, we don’t realize that these photos take more money than we budget for, especially for ladies.

If you’ve snapped birthday pictures before, you don’t need to snap for a while.

2. Contain the guest list

We know you have friends in every state in Nigeria, but you don’t have to invite all of them. By keeping your guest list ranging from 5 to 20 (depending on your budget), you will be able to control your expenses. Note that this figure includes family members and neighbors.

How do you budget for people? Tell yourself that for every person you invite, they will invite someone. So, if 7 persons are invited, you’re planning for 14 to 15 persons.

3. Employ your friends

I know it will be nice to get world-class event planners to plan your special day so you can tag them on Instagram and Facebook, but you can’t do that when you’re on a budget.

There are a lot of things your friends could help you out with. They could offer to cook, serve, decorate, make smoothies, invite people, etc.

You won’t have to pay a dime for special services.

4. Invite Digitally

If you want to know how to plan a birthday on a budget for adults, you have to think digitally. You don’t need to print invitations as most of your friends and relatives have smartphones and access to the internet.

Simply send them either a text, a WhatsApp message, email, or even call them. It saves time, energy, and resources.

5. Your house should be the venue

Why go through the stress of renting a venue when you could convert your home to one?

If you feel your house isn’t good enough, contact one of your friends to rent their home spaces for a day. You could save a lot of money with this.

6.  Minimise the food

That day shouldn’t be the day for 3-course meals. Prepare just one type of meal and order variety of drinks. Since you’re keeping a small guest list, you can create a poll to find out what meal everyone will be comfortable with.

Here is our jollof rice DIY guide here, and check out how to plan kids’ parties here.

What other tip should be included? Let us know in the comment section below. Do well to notify friends and family.

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How to Plan A Birthday Party on a Budget for Adults

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