None of this is free (even renting a premium party hall can set you back four to five figures), so here's a good worksheet for calculating your expenses: www.party411.com/budget.html. Print out a few copies, because you'll likely need them as the budget grows. Party411.com also offers a useful "Party Checklist" to help you mull over what you'll really need.
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