Contrary to popular belief, Holiday entertaining does not have to cost a fortune to be fun and successful! We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves to help you plan a budget party that will get everyone talking.

DIY Décor

Instead of purchasing décor that will be thrown out after the after, check out resources like Pinterest to help out with ideas for decoration that will only cost you a bit of extra time. If you’re smart, you’ll outsource this project to someone crafty – like a younger sibling perhaps?

Forgo the DJ

With so many different music apps available, it would be silly to splurge unnecessarily on a DJ which might cost anywhere from $300+ for just a few hours. Connect your smartphone to a sound system and bam! Not only can you take special requests, you won’t have to worry about the extra expense and the time it will take to source the right DJ.

Specialty Drinks

We all know drinks are one of the key highlights of any good holiday party, but this doesn’t mean you’ll have to spend your very last nickel to accommodate a fridge full of variety. Instead, create a few “specialty drinks” or “signature drinks” with fun names for the night. Be sure to have water and soda for DDs and those who prefer nonalcoholic drinks.

Have Finger food instead of fine dining options

Skip the fancy schmancy filet mignons, and opt for less messy and easier to prepare eats like skewers and sliders. Now if you’re on an even tighter budget, perhaps consider a “recipe exchange” type evening – or in other words, a potluck. Have people supply the salads and appetizers while you can serve the main course meal.

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