You love holidays, you love entertaining, and you’re watching your budget- what do you do? You celebrate and throw parties, of course! Worried about blowing your budget? Well, that doesn’t have to happen. You can host a festive party without going crazy on the spending, and everyone will still have a great time! Here’s how to make that happen:
- Plan: Planning and organization help you to have a handle on your spending. You won’t get caught up in impulse shopping, although you might want to set aside part of the budget for unexpected expenses.
- Manage the guest list: You don’t have to invite everyone you know. In fact, there’s something to be said for small, intimate gatherings. A guest limit of 10 is still fun but will allow you to be in control of your spending.
- Don’t serve a meal: Sit-down meals can be expensive, so be different and invite friends for a cocktail or dessert party. If you really want to serve a meal, try brunch, which tends to be cheaper than dinner.
- Accept help: When guest offer to contribute, accept those offers! That means less work for you to do, and also less spending.
- DIY decorations: No need to go all out on party decor; have some fun with DIY, or shop the dollar store. Set out lots of candles- they’re relatively inexpensive and always look festive.
- Use foods that are in season: You’ll always get the best prices.
- Add some extra touches: Slices of lemon or lime, mint leaves, and berries make your drinks look special, while still being affordable.
- No bar: Alcohol is expensive, so pare it down. Either do without it at all, or have a signature drink for the party and you won’t need a stash of bottles.
- Turn down the thermostat: When your house is filled with people you can set your thermostat a little lower; body heat will warm it up quickly.
See that: you can throw a fun party and stick to your budget! Use these tips to help you and no one will know you were watching your wallet!