Not everything at Christmas needs to be frivolous. It is possible to organize a fun Christmas party on a budget. 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. Here are some ideas for organizing a fun (and frugal) Christmas party.
1. 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. Some to share at the party, and some to trade and take home. All you have to do is provide some light hors d'oeuvres and something to drink and you have a great night. The best part is that everyone leaves with something and you don't have to provide it.
2. Have a Tree-Trimming Party
So you have to decorate the tree anyways. Have a bunch of friends over, or your children’s friends, and have at it. Put on some fun Christmas music, serve some punch (our favorite is grape jucie and 7-up) and finger food snacks and you'll have a simple, inexpensive party the kids will love.
3. Have a Potluck
Not only does it save you money, but you also get to try many different kinds of foods. Plus, less work having to prepare a big meal for everyone. Have everyone bring enough to feed their family plus one and spread it out buffet style. You just get the plates, napkins, and drinks. It doesn't get much cheaper than that.
4. Dessert Anyone?
If you're looking for something slightly more elegant, perhaps for business clients, or a parent’s night out Christmas party, then a desserts buffet is the way to go. To make it even more budget friendly, ask each guest to bring a dessert to share. Then all you have to provide is the drinks and perhaps some cheese and crackers (for the salty lovers). A Christmas Punch, Spiced Cider, Hot Teas, Coffee or Cocoa would make it the perfect party!
Want the fun of a longer lasting party? Check out ideas #5-8!