It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most expensive. However, that’s no reason to cut corners when it comes to hosting holiday a party. After all, good food and a festive atmosphere are the main ingredients to making your event memorable. These inexpensive holiday party ideas will help you enhance your next gathering without breaking the bank.
Create a Budget
Before planning your party, you need to set a budget. Whether it’s $50 or $200, it’s important to stick to it. This way, difficult choices – such as what kind of decorations to pick up or which brand of cheese to get – are easier to make. Always set your budget higher than your expected expenses to account for any unforeseen circumstances. This time of year, people often bring unannounced “plus ones”.
Host a Potluck
Catering adds up. Between appetizers, entrées, and dessert, it can become difficult to manage costs while still satisfying your guests’ taste buds. Although cooking is cheaper, it’s also time consuming. Instead, host a potluck. Divvy up dishes between your guests to ensure variety in the menu. And while it’s preferable for the host to handle the main entrée, keep it simple. Check your pantry before you go shopping; you may not have to buy every single item on the recipe.
Nothing gets folks in the holiday spirit like holiday decorations. However, it can be easy to spend over $100 on cute knickknacks if you’re not careful. Use stuff around the house before spending money on expensive ornaments and other decorative items. Try arranging candles you already had around the house and putting your empty photo frames to use; you’ll probably be surprised by the results. Have some additional fun and invite a few guests over early to create some DIY decorations using ideas found on sites like Pinterest.
Who says your holiday party has to be a dinner party? Try a brunch or cocktail party instead. The menu for these types of gatherings differ from dinner parties (where a three-course meal is usually expected), and will cut your expenses significantly. Add festivity to your gathering by choosing a theme or implementing a dress code. Serving eggs and English muffins might not bring out the holiday spirit on their own, but combining them with ugly Christmas sweaters and some Mariah Carey tunes will.
Donate Your Savings
You’ve successfully hosted a frugal holiday party. Everyone left in a festive mood, and even got to take their DIY Christmas decorations home with them. With the savings from your frugal party, it’s important you put it towards a good cause instead of just blowing it on Boxing Day. The holiday season is all about giving, so help provide for the less fortunate. You can even get your guests involved and ask them to pitch in for your favourite charity.
Saving doesn’t mean sacrificing; you can still throw a fabulous party on a budget. With the right mindset and the proper tools, you can the party of the year without spending extravagantly. Happy holidays!
Tasnia Nasar | The Edge Blog