Throwing parties is a great way to celebrate various occasions and connect with friends. However, parties are often quite cost-prohibitive. Therefore, many people charge guests as a way to cover expenses. Whether you charge a fee at the door or have your guests buy tickets ahead of time, you will need to calculate a per-guest amount as you plan your party. This how-to guide will show you an easy way to calculate and execute a guest fee for your next party.
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Planning and Execution
Decide how many guests you hope to have at your party.
Estimate how many guests will actually attend the party. If you have to book a venue before you know the exact number of guests, make an educated guess based on the responses you already have.
Calculate the cost of food, drinks and preparation for each guest.
Charge each guest the amount from Step 3. Since it is often bad form to outright charge your guests, consider creative ways to recoup your costs.
Set up a cash bar or raffle tickets to shift the cost burden. While a cash bar or raffle tickets will not yield as predictable an amount of money, you can still recoup a good portion of your money. If people buy enough, you may even make a profit.