Holiday parties are a great way to celebrate the season with friends and family. If you are in charge of throwing one of these, you may have started to feel overwhelmed with all that it is going to cost you in order to host it. Fear not, there are plenty of ways you can have a great holiday party while staying within a budget.
The first thing you want to do is plan ahead of time. Come up with a list of all the things you are going to want at your party, and figure out how much each is going to cost. Compare that with the amount you are willing to spend, then cut back as necessary. Try to stick as close to your budget as possible during this planning phase.
To save money on the things you’ll need for the party, there are a few things you can do. First, don’t feel like you have to go overboard with the decorations. A few decorations around the room will be enough. All you have to do is make the room look festive. People aren’t there to look at your decorations, they are there to have a good time with loved ones. Secondly, don’t spend too much on invitations. If you are going the traditional route, you don’t need to buy expensive invites to mail out. Simple ones will do, as these are mostly likely going to get thrown out eventually anyway. So save even more money, create an invitation online and send it to people’s emails or through social media. It’s a great way to keep track of how many people are coming and to reach everyone at once.
Another thing to consider is the food you are buying. Don’t buy food that is out of season just because it looks nice or is in a certain recipe. Consider what foods are cheapest this time of year, and plan your menu accordingly. When doing your shopping, make sure you compare different stores to see what kind of deal you can get. You’d do the same thing with any other purchase, so don’t feel like you have to buy all of your food at one store.
Lastly, if you have a lot of people coming, it is not uncommon to ask them to help out. If every person brings some sort of dish, or something along the lines of utensils, the cost for each person will be low. This way you don’t have to worry about shouldering the entire burden on yourself. Most people want to help out if they can, so all you have to do is simply ask them.
Hopefully with these tips you can throw a great party without spending all of your money. Remember that the holidays are a time for being with loved ones and having a good time, not putting yourself into debt. Don’t feel bad about cutting a few corners on your party. Your primary responsibility is to ensure that people have a good time, and you don’t need to spend a lot to do that.