In just a few short weeks, party season will be in full swing! If you’re planning a wedding in the next year, you are likely watching your budget, but that doesn’t mean you have to cut out holiday entertaining altogether or forgo having fun with friends. Instead, use the tips below to enjoy holiday festivities while keeping your budget on track.
1. Host a party with a friend and split the costs or better yet, plan a traditional potluck to reduce the tab for food and beverages.
2. If you are planning a full-scale dinner party, borrow any décor, tableware, linens or other party needs that you don't have from relatives or friends instead of buying your own.
3. Try a wine-tasting and appetizer party. Have each guest bring a bottle of their favorite wine and a light snack to go along with it instead of providing all of the refreshments yourself.
4. Rent classic holiday movies from the local library, the streaming services you may use or just turn on the Hallmark channel. Serve some popcorn, holiday cookies and soda and everyone will feel full of good cheer.
5. Find a local volunteer opportunity that you can do at home such as packing baskets of gifts for troops overseas or go out shopping for families in need (within reason) and invite your pals to join you instead of exchanging gifts among yourselves.
6. Indulge in a spa night at home with a small group of friends. By shopping at a discount store for facial masks, nail polish and a few sweet treats you can keep the cost down while still feeling pampered.
Try these budget-friendly holiday party ideas or use them as inspiration to come up with your own. Chances are you’ll still be able to enjoy many good times this party season without breaking the bank!
Author: The Guest Table