Price It Out
Price out the party's total tab, including table and chair rentals, alcohol, food and decorations. This will help you figure out what's important, what's not so critical and what's completely out of your price range. You can stretch your budget by borrowing some items from friends and family members. Table and chair rentals are often one of the priciest party expenses, so even if you only collect a few, they'll end up saving you money. Every item you put up yourself or can mooch off friends is money you don't have to give the rental company. If you do end up renting, ask around for a discounted rate if you agree to use the company again for the bridal shower. Times are tough, and struggling companies should be willing to cut you a pretty good deal for the promise of future business.