Christmas is a very special time of year with hours spent making precious memories with friends and families. Unfortunately Christmas is also a very expensive time of year for many people. The main budget considerations for a Christmas party include the guest list, the menu and the decor. If you’re hosting a Christmas party this year, there are things you can do to help keep your budget under control. The main budget considerations for a Christmas party include the guest list, the menu and the decor.
The Guest List for Your Christmas Party
Sometimes the simplest way to keep your budget under control is to keep your guest list under control. While a big party sounds fun in theory, in reality a smaller party with a select group of friends or family can be a much more memorable, intimate affair.
Decorating for Your Christmas Party
The key to decorating on a budget is to keep it simple and concentrate on key areas that will have the most impact. Key areas include the front entrance where guests will get their first impression of the party and the buffet table and bar where guests will be returning often through-out the night.
Keep it simple with tasteful and easy decorating. This may include things like glass bowls full of ornaments, empty boxes wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper, paper garlands and snowflakes along with your existing Christmas decor.
Your Christmas Party Menu
Food and drinks can be one of the more expensive aspects of a great Christmas party but its also an area that offers a lot of flexibility when it comes to your budget. One option is to plan your party to begin after supper so guests have time to eat before hand and offer a buffet of Christmas baking, peanuts, oranges, candies and other Christmas snacks instead of a full sit down meal.
Another way to save is to involve the guests with a favorite recipe party. Each guest brings a plate of their favorite Christmas goodies along with the recipe. Not only do you end up with a great variety of snacks, but guests can take home some new recipes after the party.
Alcohol is another budget buster. If you are serving alcohol, plan a limited bar selection. Offer a punch, and one or two alcoholic beverage options. You can let guests know in advance what will be available and allow them to bring other drinks if they prefer.
With a little pre-planning, you can pull off a fabulous Christmas party without spending a fortune. You’ll be able to enjoy making lasting memories with friends and loved ones without adding additional financial stress to your Christmas season.
Crystal Unrau is an wedding and event planning expert who specializes in budget friendly weddings and events. Visit her blog for more ideas for a budget friendly Christmas wedding or party.