The holidays are a great time for getting together with family and friends! Holiday parties put us in the festive spirit and give us a wonderful excuse to see those people that we may not get to see very often. However, if you are hosting any type of holiday event, it can be pretty easy to get caught up in the excitement of planning the party and let your spending get a tad out of control.
Since you’re already spending more than normal during the holidays, it is important to stretch your money and get the most bang for your buck as you buy your holiday party supplies. Today, we want to share some tips with you that will help you throw a festive holiday party you and your guests will enjoy without breaking the bank.
- Have a potluck-style party. Redbook magazine reader Val W. shared that a great way to share the added costs of being the host is by having a family potluck. Each year during the holidays, the members of her family take turns being the host and everyone else contributes by bringing their own dish.
- Finger Foods and Cocktails. Also, consider providing munchies like finger sandwiches and fruit and veggie trays, as well as a signature drink. CMN.com notes that there are a variety of affordable holiday-themed food and drink options available these days.
- Send an Evite. The Seattle Times suggests forgoing formal invitations. Instead, send invitations through email, or create an event on Facebook and invite your friends to attend. You can use what you would spend on postage elsewhere.
- Stream your Music. Rather than purchasing a lot of music from iTunes, use websites like Pandora to set the mood with festive holiday tunes.
- Choose a focal point. Keep your decorations simple. Bankrate.com advises that you avoid covering every inch of every room with holiday décor. Instead, concentrate on the entrance of your apartment, food tables, and the restroom your guests will use. You don’t have to purchase expensive decorations, either. Get creative! The Seattle Times, for example, suggests purchasing sparkling “dollar store” ornaments and placing them in a glass hurricane for a high-end look for less.
What tips do you use to stay on budget when entertaining others at your TriBridge apartment during the holidays? Leave a comment below to share your money saving tips with us!
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