Tips for Painless Events

Planning an event? Make sure that you're doing all you can to minimize your stress.

1. Plan ahead. If you want to use a public facility, you may need to submit a request several months in advance.

2. Choose an “off-season” time for your event, away from major holidays. Restaurants and caterers often have less business in early winter and fall. They may be willing to give you a better price than in the middle of a holiday rush.

3. Develop a budget early in the planning stages and stick to it. Expenses should include food, facility costs, invitations and postage, decorations, entertainment, and clean-up.

4. Do it yourself. Whether it’s printing all the invitations on your laser printer or baking and freezing cookies for the event, use your sweat equity to keep costs down. If you're short on ideas, Pinterest is a great site for innovative do-it-yourself projects.

5. Enlist your family and friends. Whether it’s tending bar, organizing games, or helping with clean-up, you can usually get your friends, or your children’s friends, to work for a nominal amount.

6. Save postage by including your invitation in your newsletter or other regular mailing.

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