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This is Day 25 of the 30 Days to a Debt Free Christmas Challenge
Besides gifts, what is one of the biggest expenses we face this holiday season? If you thought travel and entertaining, you are completely right. Holiday entertaining can totally be a budget buster if you’re not careful.
Whenever I’m in charge of holiday entertaining, I try to remember the goal of the event. We want to have fun, enjoy spending time with others, and celebrate the holiday season. Nowhere in that definition does it say we need to spend beyond our means in order to have a good time!
When planning a holiday party there are usually four main areas to focus on: Food, Favors, Decorations, and Entertainment. Let’s break it down and see how you can have the holiday party of your dreams without breaking the bank.
Food can be extremely expensive, particularly depending on the number of people you are serving. Keep these factors in mind when planning your food for the party:
Favors are customary at parties, right? Well yes and no. Typically it might depend on the type of party or event (such as wedding). Sometimes if you are the one providing the food they aren't really expected. But, let's face it… favors can be fun! However, some people actually don’t ‘like' favors! They find peanuts or assorted chocolates boring and you might even find yourself THROWING THEM OUT! Oh no!
You can always forgo favors, or try to think of something outside the box. Consider using inexpensive but useful items as cute favors. Some examples might include:
Okay, so maybe these aren’t holiday themed, but you can see where I’m going right? It is possible to have affordable, useful, and appreciated favors without hurting your wallet.
Who doesn’t want a festive and fun atmosphere? Fortunately this is another area that really doesn’t need to break the bank.
What’s a party without entertainment? This can actually be some of the most fun to plan for with a party.
These are just some simple tips to consider when planning this year’s holiday party. What are some of your tips to ensure a fun but affordable time?