The Christmas holidays can be wonderful time of year, the winter season has kicked in, fires, eggnog and holiday cheer abound. We get to spend time with my three favorite F’s: Friends, Family, and Food. For some of us thought he holiday season is more stress worry and work than enjoyment. With an eye to relieving at least some of the financial stress of the season here is a quick Save More Get More guide to throwing a budget friendly holiday party:
1.) Say YES! – People always offer to help out those brave enough to host a holiday party. Take people up on those offers rather than trying to do it all yourself, this will save you time and money.
2.) Booze – or more specifically: take it easy on the booze, Go with one signature drink (maybe eggnog? Or mulled wine?) that you can make on the cheap and have your guests bring over wine and/or beer.
3.) White elephant gift exchange (rules here) – these are more about surprising people with odd gifts and the fun of stealer, er… “trading” the gifts as the game goes on.
4.) Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance – Make sure you confirm your attendees a couple of times to ensure that you have the right amounts of food and drink, making too much is the Achilles heel of many budgets, and not enough just looks bad.
5.) Go Digital – there are a ton of good calendaring and invite websites and applications like eVite, don’t be afraid to use these they’ll cut down on the stress of having to figure out who is attending, who actually got the invitation and of reminding people.
So there you have it our 5 tips for having a less stressful and budget friendly holiday party this year – if you have any holiday party tricks that you think we should include in the update drop us a line here or on Facebook