Hosting a Christmas Party the Frugal Way
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Christmas is on its way and as the holiday comes closer, we’ll be hosting parties, family will be visiting, and we’ll be carefully balancing our checkbooks. It’s no secret that Christmas can be an expensive holiday thanks to having to buy gifts, food, and hosting Christmas parties. But hosting Christmas parties doesn’t have to be expensive. Here’s how to host one without breaking the bank.
Throw a Potluck
You don’t have to do all the work at your own party. One thing you can do to help save money and reduce stress is to host a potluck. Ask your guests to contribute one dish to the party. But if you want to make sure that you’re not getting stuck with six pies and no entrees, get together with your friends and pass out assignments for meal items.
One guest can be in charge of dessert. Another guest could bring the casserole. Find out what everyone’s comfortable contributing. And the best part? Clean-up is minimalized thanks to the fact that you’re not preparing all the dishes in your own home. It’s a great way to make sure everyone feels like they’re giving back without having to break your back.
Consider Playing Secret Santa
Regardless of whether you’re throwing a party for co-workers, friends, and/or family, it can be a mess buying presents for everyone. Not everyone can afford to buy gifts for everyone on their list.
To make it easier on everyone at your party, consider playing Secret Santa. Each person will be given the name of another guest. They’ll then buy that person a gift. It’s a way to make sure everyone is able to receive a present and can feel like they’re involved.
Go Easy on the Decorations
Decorating your home is a great way to get in the mood for the season. But whether you’re on a tight budget or not, just remember not to go crazy. Elaborate inflatable statues in your front lawn may look cute but a nice one can retail for hundreds of dollars. Consider decorating your home with a couple nicely arranged strings of light and stick a simple wreath on your door. You’ll still look festive and cheery but you’ll also save hundreds of dollars by the end of the season.
This applies to your Christmas tree too. If you live in an area where fir trees are grown and harvested, consider visiting a lot that will allow you to pick and cut down your own tree. You’ll be able to save lots of money by cutting out the middle man. But if natural fir trees are in short supply, you might find yourself paying up to a hundred dollars for a nice tree. Avoid the rush. Consider buying an artificial tree. They’ll last for years and they’re surprisingly realistic. Your guests probably won’t know the difference.
If you have kids, get them involved. Have your kids help make decorations for your home. Popcorn strings, paper chains, and crafts are a great way to both help your kids feel involved and decorate your home without breaking the bank.
Buy Your Last Minute Gifts Online
But sometimes, you may feel the need to go shopping for a few nice gifts. Whether it’s for your partner, your children, or other loved ones that you are close to, it’s nice to show your appreciation for the people you love in your life with a couple nice gifts. Like decorating, you don’t want to go crazy with the gifts. Your kids don’t need 30 presents.
Either go for one nice, big present or provide a nice collection of smaller gifts that you know they’ll love. But if you need to do some last minute shopping, consider avoiding the stores and shop online. You’ll be able to avoid impulse purchases and you can take advantage of online coupons and clearance sales. And the best part is? Many retailers will offer free shipping just in time for Christmas, which will help make your holidays stress free.
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