I know that I’ve shared with you before that my favorite part of the holiday season is making memories. Well, what better way to make memories than hosting a festive Christmas gathering? There is only one problem. Christmas parties come in many shapes and sizes, but one thing they all have in common is their potential to break the budget. Anytime I host a gathering, it’s my goal to put together a fun event without maxing out our finances, so check out my tips for hosting a frugal and festive Christmas party.
Budget-Friendly Christmas Party Planning
As with many of my other tricks and tidbits, the most important piece of sticking to your budget is setting it up front. So, even before you begin planning, establish your budget for how much you are comfortable spending on the event and then follow my favorite tips for budget-friendly Christmas party planning to help you stay within your budget.
1. Send Digital Invites
Part of the fun of hosting a holiday gathering for me is designing the invitations, but printing and mailing invitations can get expensive. Consider sending digital invitations instead. Paperless Post has beautiful cards and several free options! I love their designs!
2. Host at Home
Opt out of the restaurant price tag as well as the room booking fee by hosting your holiday gathering at home. I find when we invite others to our home, we are able to enjoy a more intimate gathering anyway, so it’s more fun for everyone!
3. Keep the Décor Simple
I understand that many people decorate specifically for an event, but when it comes to hosting a Christmas party, you don’t need to (as long as you have already decked the halls for Christmas in your home). Put up your tree, add a little garland over the mantle, and you have a festive environment perfect for hosting a frugal Christmas party.
4. Serve a Potluck Meal
Everyone has favorite recipes they enjoy making throughout the holiday season. Invite your guests to bring their favorite dishes, so everyone can enjoy a sampling of several different things (and you can save on the food budget). Typically the way we work it is whoever hosts provides the meat and everyone else brings sides.
5. Create the Atmosphere
No matter how much planning you do or money you spend, your guests will remember little about your holiday festivities if you don’t make it meaningful. This tip costs nothing but a little investment of your time and self. Be sure to invite and welcome your guests into your home and make it a place people want to be. Make sure you manage your prep time and your budget so that you too can enjoy the party and spend time with your guests. This element will be more important to them than any other aspect of the party.
Are you planning a Christmas party this year? What are your best suggestions for hosting a frugal and festive holiday gathering?