I love holiday parties, both being the hostess and being a guest. December is already an expensive month so when throwing a part for your family and friends it’s important to keep a budget in mind. To help you do that I’ve put together a list of affordable holiday party ideas.
Ten Affordable Holiday Party Ideas
Holiday Decorating Party ~ I’m starting with my favorite Christmas party. Every year the family gathers to put up and decorate my 84 year old Grandma’s Christmas tree. Each year we bring a new ornament to share. Once the tree is up we decorate the rest of her home. Cousins bring Christmas cookies, and I make the eggnog. It’s a great evening spent with family and Grandma gets a beautiful home for the holidays.
This type of party can easily be put together for an older family member or for someone celebrating Christmas in a new home or on their own for the first time.
Holiday Open House ~ During the buys holiday season many people already have a lot of commitments. By inviting your guests to an open house that lasts two or three hours it gives them the flexibility to come and go as it fits into their schedule. Serving a couple signature drinks and a few simple hors d’oeuvres will help keep your budget in check and guarantee your not spending the night in the kitchen.
Intimate Dinner Party ~ Skip a big bash and host an intimate dinner party for small handful of your closest friends or family. With a smaller guest list you are able to host a more elegant affair on a small budget.
Movie Night ~ Host your own holiday film festival. Pick up a fun family Christmas themed movie or ask your friends to bring one to choose from. Provide plenty of popcorn, hot cocoa and eggnog or other festive treats. Don’t forget the cozy blankets! Then sit back and enjoy the movie.
White Elephant Party ~ Who doesn’t love a white elephant exchange? Keeping gifts at $15.00 or less (but all gifts should be the same price) helps to keep the cost down. The food should be simple holiday style snacks and drinks, this will keep your budget happy.
Potluck Style Christmas Party ~ Keeping it simple and casual is a stress free way to spend time with your guests. All you need to d is handle the main food items. You can then either ask your guests to bring specific items or ask them to bring their best dish. You can even suggest they bring a few copies of their recipes to trade with other guests.
Dessert Night ~ Skip Christmas dinner and go right to dessert! The possibilities are endless. You can serve anything from sundaes, decorated Christmas cookies, to homemade hand-dipped chocolates. You could also as your guests to bring their most favorite Christmas goodies to pass around. Don’t forget those recipe cards to exchange!
After Christmas Brunch or Lunch ~ Instead of hosting a traditional holiday dinner opt for a lighter version. A brunch or light lunch on a weekend after Christmas gives you and your guests a chance to relax post holiday frenzy. Have a simple menu and buy products on sale to save yourself some dough.
Christmas Game Night ~ Did you ever have a family game night? Growing up every family function included playing lots of games rather they were cards, board games or bocce ball. It’s a fun way to spend time together. Take it up a notch by creating teams and having a game night tournament with a reward at the end of the evening.
Christmas Campfire ~ Why not use your campfire pit in December and build a Christmas Campfire! Have on hand marshmallows to roast and hot cocoa or spiced mulled wine to drink. Bring an extra blanket but chances are you wont need it as the campfire will keep you nice and toasty warm!
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