If you are hosting a party and can’t quite figure out how to make it more interesting without breaking the budget, then here are a few different things that you can do to make sure that you surprise everyone in attendance. The items on this list are simple, should take less than an hour to set up, and can usually either be rented or can be kept for the next function as well.

  1. Photo Booth

A photo booth, especially one with props, is something that everyone who attends will enjoy, but that doesn’t have to break the bank. Amazon and other companies have rather cheap packets of props available, and simple particle board and paint will make great backdrops. Find someone who works with you who can use a digital camera, or hire someone, and you will have a fun event that everyone remembers.

  1. Balloon Arrangements

Balloons are quite cheap for a packet and can be filled with just a bit of effort. You can either make centrepieces and attachments for chairs, or you can spring for helium and fill them up, making them float to the ceiling. Try to mix and match a few colours, perhaps to match the colours of your company or group. Don’t go too overboard, and try to avoid adding small items to the arrangements unless you are throwing an event for small children.

  1. Fun Napkin Folds

There are a huge variety of different folds that can be done for cloth napkins, including some that allow you to put menus inside the napkins themselves. While it can be a bit boring and tedious, you can generally fold at least 100 napkins within an hour, making it a quick way to make the plates and table of your party that much more inviting. Look on YouTube for step by step tutorials, or see if your local catering company offers speciality napkin folds if you are having the event catered.

  1. Chair Covers

Dining chair covers are usually one of simplest ways to transform a room in minutes. You simply slip them onto the chair, zip or tie them, and enjoy a whole new look. A whole room can be done in under a half hour, and you can generally choose to mix and match the colours, patterns, or any other attribute you can think of. Best of all, you can either rent them or store them in compact boxes for your next event.

  1. Wall Hangings

If you have art or even cloth items that are important to the event, consider hanging them on the wall. This will take away the stark feeling and make it feel more open and welcoming. This can be a great way to display items for auctions or charity donations as well.

Hopefully, at least one of these options will appeal to you and make it easier for you to plan your next event. Any of these would be appropriate for a high-class event or something as simple as a children’s party, assuming you pick a theme and stick with it.