How to host a low cost holiday party because we all love hosting at the holidays but we can’t always afford it!
I have collected all my best tips for all party necessities from food and drinks, to decor and gift ideas.
- All you need is some mini trees, a real tree, tinsel, and lights! You can get the best prices for these at the dollar store and target. I have a whole post on decorating for the holidays here
There are three options with food!
- Catering. So expensive, even if you just order pizzas and call it good (No judgement here, I love pizza!)
- Cook. This is time consuming but get a frozen lasagne and some salad and make an appetizer and you have a low cost, filling meal. Pasta tends to give you the best bang for your buck and you can stretch the protein (meat) further since meat tends to be the most expensive grocery item.
- The cheapest option is to make it a potluck! Have everyone bring their favorite dish! Just make sure you know what they bring so you don’t have 15 bags of chips and salsa and nothing else (unless that’s what you want.. no judgment!!)
- This will be the largest part of your budget!! Alcohol is expensive! You can lower the cost by picking up multipacks at Costco/Sams Club/ BJs, and even Walmart! They also have great prices on bulk wine and it tastes pretty good!
- Go dry! Pick up two liters or just stick with water from the tap! Save the environment and skip water bottles
- BYOB but in a not “I’m cheap” way. Make it a alcohol swap where everyone brings their favorite drink to share.
- Host it in your home! Or cohost at a friends house! It’s the cheapest option and if you have a smaller place, you can’t invite as many people and save money everywhere else! Win-win!
- Meet at a restaurant for dinner. This works best if you are a smaller party, but it will be more expensive overall paying for a meal.
- Hit up the dollar store for the gift bags, candy canes, and ribbon! Grab some multipack ornaments, and then make some of your favorite cookies, throw 3 in a bag with some candy canes, and tie a ribbon and ornament around it!
- Hit up the dollar store for the clear, fillable ornaments, and glitter! Set up a DIY ornament station with polaroids, glitter, and sharpies! Put your photos in the clear ornaments with some glitter or write a cute message on the ornament!
- DIY photo booths are not only all the rage, they are super easy to make. Hang up a white sheet with some command strips, pick up cute photo booth props at the dollar store or Amazon, and there you have it!
You are hosting a party, you don’t have to get everyone a gift. Find some fun ways to do a gift exchange!
- Do a white elephant gift exchange!
- Do a secret Santa with a $10 limit!
- Have everyone bring their favorite book to swap!
- Cookie swap!