The holidays are all about spending quality time with your family and friends--- the best way to do that this holiday season is to throw a festive bash for your closest pals! Here at Caddle we know that entertaining is not always kind to your budget, but holiday parties don’t need to get you off track. Follow our favourite money saving tips below if you’re looking to entertain this holiday season!
Find a Co-Host
If you want to celebrate the holiday season with your friends and family but are a little short on cash, consider making it a team effort! Collaborate on hosting duties with a close friend to share responsibilities and a budget. Not only will hosting a party with someone save you some stress when party planning, it will also save you some money on purchasing décor, supplies and food for your guests.
Borrow Items You Don’t Have
Odds are you probably don’t have every party supply you are going to need for your holiday bash at your house. Instead of purchasing pricey items, such as décor, dishes or table linen, reach out to your friends and family. Moms are notorious for having everything you could possibly need on hand, and are always more than welcome to help you out! Seems like an easy way to save money and it most definitely is!
Host a Potluck Party
Typically, the most expensive part of throwing a party is supplying food and drinks for your guests. To reduce costs this season, invite your friends over for a potluck party where everyone can contribute a dish to share. You may even consider opting for a wine and cheese party, where every guest brings in a bottle of wine for tasting and pairing with the perfect cheese! This way, your guests are fed and you don’t break your budget.
Skip out on buying expensive and over the top décor for your holiday party. Instead use what you have on hand to help decorate your party space. Candles, a Christmas tree and twinkly lights are the perfect accessories to add a little bit of holiday spirit to your party. If you’re feeling crafty, check out our favourite DIY decor ideas here!
If a potluck party is too casual for your holiday bash, you can still keep costs low by accepting homemade desserts from your friends! All party goers are always asking the host what they can bring, and dessert is the perfect option. Homemade cookies, cakes and chocolate squares are perfect for the holidays! If everyone brings in something small, not only will you end up with a great variety for your guests to choose from, you will also save part of your budget for other party supplies.
Easy Place Settings
Take advantage of everything the dollar store has to offer and search for festive and budget-friendly décor to incorporate in the place settings on your holiday table! Purchasing packets of doilies, with printed out name cards is a decorative and cost-effective way to spruce up the table and keep your guests feeling festive.
To save money on buying presents for all of your friends, consider organizing a Gift Exchange or Secret Santa with your friends and family. Set a maximum budget for the exchange, such as a $15-20 limit to keep costs low. A Gift Exchange is a super fun way to bond with your party guests and receive the gift you want the most!
Plan out something fun for you and your guests to do at your party without going over your budget. Sing Christmas carols, watch a festive movie or host a cookie decorating party for all of your friends to participate in. Not only will this reduce extra spending, it is also a great way to have fun during your holiday bash with all of your guests!
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