Plan Easy and Elegant Events for Less: 5 Ideas to Get You Started

After two years of having to put parties on pause, people are ready to get together and celebrate. Whether you’re hosting a party for personal or professional reasons, you want your event to be one to remember.

It’s no secret, however, that throwing a party can be costly. The tab can add up quickly from food and drinks to décor and entertainment. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, without breaking the bank. Here are five ideas to get you started.



Drink and food table at a party with a bucket of wine.
Casual or formal, make your event magical and memorable.



Choose A Theme

Planning a party is easier when you have a specific vision for the event. Select a theme or a color scheme that will influence everything from your menu to your decorations. Give flowers, photographs, and other décor items that extra wow factor by placing them on acrylic pedestals. Keep it simple with clear acrylic pedestal, round white acrylic display pedestal, or a round black acrylic display pedestal. Or you can bring in some color with our selection of acrylic pedestals in fluorescent pink, green, and blue, as well as white acrylic pedestal with color changing led lights.




Woman sitting in a birthday sash smiling at birthday cake with a big and bright candle.



Make A Great First Impression

The invitation is often the first glimpse guests have of your party’s style and theme. While many opt to send digital invites because it saves time and money, you can wow family, friends, and colleagues with acrylic invitations. Available in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, acrylic is durable and affordable. In fact, guests might assume you spent a pretty penny because acrylic designs look so stylish. These custom-printed invitations can include a photo, or you can opt for these 5″ x 7″ pre-cut acrylic invitation blanks that can be used to create a one-of-a-kind invite via printing, painting, or using chalk markers.



Clear acrylic baby shower invitation.
Impressive custom print acrylic invitations.


Offer A Signature Cocktail

An open bar can be a budget buster, but you don’t have to just stick with beer, wine, and soda to save money. Instead, ask the bartender to create a signature cocktail (or two) that matches your party’s theme, giving your guests another drink option. Showcase the signature drinks—make sure you give them a fun name and include their ingredients—on a custom printed acrylic sign with standoffs option or an 8.5″w x 11″h countertop chalkboard sign if you’d prefer a more casual vibe.Top of Form


Cocktail on a gold tray with thyme and grapefruit.

Mocktails and cocktails make a party!




Serve Sweet Treats

Who doesn’t love dessert? Guests will love a selection, so set up a dessert table at the event where people can help themselves throughout the night. shopPOPdisplays’ acrylic 5-sided box with removable divider can hold various goodies, while the acrylic cupcake stand with 4 configurable tiers can showcase mini pies, cakes, tarts, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and more. Display up to 18 cake pops with the clear acrylic round tiered cake pop stand.



An assorted dessert display table.

 An assorted dessert display table makes everyone happy!


Send Guests Home With A Gift

Show appreciation to your guests by handing out favors at the end of the party. One option is custom block swag, which is available in thousands of sizes and can be custom printed on one or both sides depending on desired look – matte or dimensional. As light shines through the block, the printed designs “glow” through the sides, creating a multidimensional effect.

Whatever you choose, you can easily display wrapped or bagged favors on a table and keep everything organized on an acrylic riser such as the flanged stair step with front lip. Guests can be directed to “Please take one” on their way home with signage placed on the table via our 8.5″ x 11″ top loading plastic sign holder. You can also make sure everyone notices the favor area with an acrylic floor standing poster stand.



Simple mason jar and purple flower mini display.

Tiny treasures to remember the event!



Remember, all shopPOPdisplays’ acrylic options can be customized and personalized to fit your party’s needs. Ready to start planning? Contact us with any questions or for more information on easy entertaining displays!