Cheer, family, good tidings, what other words come to mind when you think of the holiday season? How about the word “expensive”? With all of the traveling, gift buying and party planning that goes on during this time of year, it can be hard to stick to your budget. But don’t let that turn you into a Grinch.Entertaining holiday guests is stressful enough as it is. Don't let it drain your savings too. Click To Tweet
With a few simple tricks, you can easily scale down your holiday entertaining without sacrificing the joy of spending time with friends and family:
Downsize the menu
There’s no need to serve a full multi-course meal with three desserts and a full bar. When you’re entertaining on a budget, opt for just a few crowd-pleasing appetizers that are easy to prepare and serve. Offer only a handful of beers and wines to complete your simple yet elegant menu.
While you’re out gathering supplies, get creative by finding cheaper substitutes for more costly ingredients. Buy generic instead of name brand as no one will see the packaging once everything is on display. When it comes to décor, ask to borrow what you don’t have from a friend or family member. [Check out this blog about 7 Must-Have Apps to Help You Survive the Holidays.]
Share hosting duties
Team up with other family or friends for a joint holiday gathering. Divide up expenses to alleviate the financial burden of hosting an entire party on your own. You could also ask guests to bring a favorite dish, holiday drink or dessert to share. This works especially well with casual or smaller get-togethers.
Plan a party theme
It’s easier to keep expenses from getting out of hand when your party has a solid game plan. Try a cookie swap, tree-trimming or holiday craft party to keep costs down and your guests entertained.
Decorate with simplicity
Choose a few areas of your home to highlight, like your entryway, kitchen and table spread. A few pillar candles, wreaths, and festive ornaments can go a long way. There’s no need to overdo it.
Stick with these tips and tricks and your holiday entertaining is sure to be a hit without breaking the bank.