The holidays are made for celebrating with family and friends. But if you’re already having to limit spending on Christmas presents, you may be concerned about the added expense of hosting a holiday party. With creative and frugal thinking, you can have a festive time with friends or family and stick to your budget, too.
Your food and decorations may not be magazine-perfect, but when you follow the suggestions below, you can create warm memories with family and friends – without unpleasant reminders from credit card statements.
1. The Invitation - Instead of buying ready-made invitations, create and print your own using a free online program like Canva. For more savings, design a postcard – no envelopes needed and cheaper postage. And to save even more, avoid postage altogether. Facebook has an event feature that lets you create an event, invite your friends and keep track of RSVPs. Or you can try Evite, which lets you easily create a fun digital invitation and send it to your friends via email. Although there’s a charge for some designs on Evite, many are free.
2. Ask for RSVPs in your invitations. Knowing how many guests to expect can prevent overspending and wasting food. And if an invitee offers to bring a dish or drink, graciously accept!
3. The Food - The type of party you plan and the time you schedule it can make a big difference in affordability. Consider these ideas for controlling your party expenses:
4. Save on Decorating – Think simple when it comes to decorating for your holiday party.
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