The holiday haze has worn off, and you're ready to play host again. Good thing — there's no better opportunity to throw a memorable bash (or two) than during award show season.
With a full slate of events honoring the best in music, film and television, it's the perfect time to bring your friends and family together for good food, sparkling drinks and a shared cultural moment. There's just one problem: hosting a party can be expensive — especially one that's inspired by the glitz and glam of Hollywood.
Guides often pressure hosts to spend big on chic objects they "need" to complete their entertaining toolkit, but don't be discouraged. Budget-minded party-planning experts say that there are ways to save and still throw a fun party. Instead, it's all about adjusting your mindset and relying on what you already have on hand.
"When it comes to hosting on a budget, the number-one thing you can affect is your mindset," says Julie Blanner, founder of the entertaining, cooking and interior design site JulieBlanner.com. "Hosting can really be simple and effortless if you plan ahead, utilize what you already have, and make the most of what you do purchase."
With that, here are some top tips from the party-planning pros for taking the financial (and emotional) stress of out throwing an award show viewing party that's fit for the red carpet, on a budget.