Sometimes at Christmas time you really just need to stop being so frivolous and be a little frugal. There might be certain areas you prefer not to skimp on when it comes to the holidays, but you can throw a really great Christmas party with all the bells and whistles without having to go bankrupt. Just follow these simple tips to having a frugal Christmas party.
* Do a cookie exchange. This is a great, fun, and inexpensive way to get together at the holidays. Everyone brings one or two batches of their favorite holiday cookies and a container. They leave with a whole platter of yummy cookies. You don’t have to do too much either. Provide some light hors d’oeuvres and some beverages and you have a great night. Best part is everyone leaves with something and you don’t have to provide it.
* Have a tree-trimming party. So you have to decorate the tree anyways. Have a bunch of friends over and have at it. A little wine and light snacks and you’ll have a simple, inexpensive party.
* Potluck is a great way to go. Not only does it save you money, but you also get to try many different kinds of food. Plus, less work having to prepare a big meal for everyone. Just get the plates, napkins, and beverages. It doesn’t get much cheaper than that.
* Have a little cheese with that wine. If you’re looking for something slightly more elegant, perhaps for business clients, then a wine and cheese party is the way to go. To make it even more budget friendly, ask each guest to bring their favorite bottle of wine. Then all you have to buy is the cheese. Who knows, you might find a new wine you like.
* Host an open house. Have people come as they please during certain hours and serve them light hors d’oeuvres and drinks.
* Have a pizza party. Okay, stay with us here. We know it sounds so not Christmassy, but let everyone make their own. Dough is relatively inexpensive and having everyone make their own brings everyone together. Perhaps an impromptu flour fight breaks out. It could be a lot of fun. Besides, who doesn’t love pizza?
* Skip brunch in favor of lupper. A little mid-day treat. It doesn’t have to cost you a whole lot of money because you don’t need to do a five-course dinner. Keep it small and cheerful.
* Have a white elephant party. Part of the problem with holiday parties is buying gifts for everyone. Well, instead have everyone bring one wrapped gift. Put a spending limit on it if you’d like, but let them buy whatever they want to buy.
Taking turns the first person opens a gift. The second person then has the choice of taking the gift from the first person or opening her own. If she steals the first person’s gift, then the first person picks a new gift and opens it. It then moves on to the third person, and so on until everyone is left with a gift. It might not be the one you chose, but hopefully you love it none the less. It’s really very fun. And you don’t have to worry about buying a gift for everyone because everyone gets one gift.
Keeping it small and asking your guests to contribute is what’s going to help make your holiday party one that doesn’t break the bank. What’s your favorite Christmas party theme?