In the midst of the holiday season, it’s easy to go into celebration overdrive. Stores and shopping malls are decked out in elaborate displays (some places since October) and the air is filled with goodwill and the scent of sweet treats.
If you’re planning to host a party, you can save a lot of money by decorating with objects you already have.
Fill varying shapes and sizes of jars and vases with items that reflect your party’s theme. Below are a few suggestions and photos:
|Party Theme:||Items to Fill Vases/Jars:|
|Christmas||Various ornaments, pine cones, homemade paper snowflakes|
|Kid’s Party||Leggos, marbles, Matchbox cars, party favors/noisemakers|
|Birthday||Curled ribbon, confetti, small balloons, small wrapped candy, Pixie Stix, marshmallows, Twizzlers, or M|
|Dinner Party||Lemons, apples, dry pasta|
|Thanksgiving||Mini pumpkins or gourds, fall vegetables|
Need more table space for your guests? A door laid across two smaller tables (or other sturdy objects) instantly expands your seating capacity. Cover the table with brown craft paper (large rolls are available at most home improvement stores) and set out markers or crayons for an inexpensive yet entertaining party.
When it comes to planning a menu, don’t feel you need to break your budget to impress your friends. Breakfast staples like pancakes, waffles, and crepes make for fun yet budget-friendly dinner parties. Invite guests to bring their favorite toppings, fruits, or vegetables (for savory crepes) and let everyone make their own custom creation. The same method works for pizza or pasta parties, too. Just prepare a large batch of pizza dough or cooked pasta, and have guests add their own toppings.
What are your go-to tricks for hosting a party on a budget?