Who doesn’t love a good party – especially a Christmas party? During the holiday season, most people bust their budget on Christmas parties, just to be the talk of the neighborhood.
Want to be as festive as your next-door neighbor, but don’t want to ruin your money goals? Read on to learn some budget-friendly ways to help you host a Christmas party on a budget. Keep the costs down and spirits high. Let’s get started.
1. Make a Christmas party budget
Decide how much money you can spend to host a party this year. Set aside a realistic amount, so you know exactly how much you’ll need. You can stay on budget by keeping track of your transactions as you go. This way you'll know exactly how much amount you've spent and how much is remaining.
2. Set your priorities
Make a list of things you want to buy for the party. List down items in order of priority. Place things that you don’t necessarily need for the party low of the list. This will help you to cut them off if your money runs out along the way.
3. Keep it manageable
Hosting a Christmas party doesn’t mean you have to throw a fancy event for 50 people. Instead, invite 10 close friends over for a casual dinner. This will help you to stress less and save more. Having a smaller group will allow you to spend time with every guest in a comfortable setting.
4. Shop generic brands
Buy generic brands for items that will get mixed into soups and casseroles. Instead, spend money on high-quality cheese or a good cut of meat.
5. Beg, borrow or steal deals
Buying new tablecloths, serving trays, cake stands or punch bowls can quickly add up to your expenses. You don’t need to spend a fortune to make your holiday spread look fancy. Borrow what you need from your friends or get it from a thrift store or dollar store for less.
6. Ask your friends to bring a dish
Host a casual potluck party. By asking guests to bring their signature dish or dessert to share, you can cut down on your food budget.
7. Go for recyclable goods
Using paper or plastic plates, cups and cutlery can help you save money and time spent on cleaning up a pile of dishes in the sink. Use recyclable items to keep clean up simple.