It’s the most festive time of year and you’ll probably be invited to tons of holiday parties, but if you’re planning on throwing your own this year, here are a few tips to make a big splash without going broke. When hosting a party, we tend to want to pull out all the stops because ultimately, it’s a reflection of who we are, and we like to impress others…and of course we want everyone to have a good time. But you don’t have to empty your pockets just to make a statement this season!
Here are three tips to make sure you don’t:
Yes, I said it. You have no idea what kind of fun things you can find in the dollar store. They go by various names like “The Dollar Tree” or the “99 Cent Store,” but they all have the same premise: everything is only a dollar. They carry fun decorations, props, lights and depending on the location/store, they may even carry sweet treats for you to serve at the party as well. The best part about this is you will probably need no more than $20 – 30 to decorate your entire party.
There are some incredible party ideas, recipes, games and lots of other fun things on the Internet when it comes to planning a holiday party. From creative ideas like hot chocolate bars to adorable DIY party invites, the internet is an endless source of fun ideas to help kick your party up a notch. Some of the best parties were probably the most cost effective and you didn’t even know. All you have to do is put on your creative hat and get to searching!
In order to thank your guests for coming to your party, why not send them home with a little “thank you” parting gift? Again, this is where the dollar store options will come in handy. If your party is less than twenty people it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Send them home with a nice cinnamon candle, a tree ornament or a stocking for their mantle. Though it might be small, it will speak volumes and everyone in attendance will really appreciate how thoughtful you are.
Turn the party into a pot luck style gathering so that you don’t have to foot the bill for all of the food and drink that will be served. Assign each of your guests with a category or specific item and you’ll have more than enough food to serve everyone. Take the lead on handling one major item like the ham and try to keep the punch in your camp as well so you can already have it perfectly spiked by the time your guests have arrived.
Pitch In On A Party
Instead of taking on the entire party by yourself, get together with two or three friends and throw a party together. This way costs are cut in a few different ways. It’s also a great way not to have so much stress placed on your shoulders to live up to this “incredible party” expectation. Instead you can share the scrutiny with a couple of other people. Then when it’s a huge success, you can all pat each other on the back too!
Most importantly, remember to enjoy yourself. The holidays often bring a lot of stress, so take a load off and be sure you’re thinking about you in the middle of all the holiday planning and party preparation. Good luck!
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