Most people who are organizing a function tend to look at the cost first even before looking at the standard of fun they want to have for the special occasion.
In this day and age, people focus on the retail side of the preparation such as table centers and decor when the most memorable part of the occasion is more centered around things such as entertainment and great food.
Let me give you an example; a client of ours spent around $1,000 on our services and spent very little on table and chair decor however still had a memorable event. This client spent more on the emotional benefits rather than material benefits such as chair covers.
Sit down and write down five words that make you happy, think about these same words when planning your next celebration, you'll be surprised what words you come up with.