Get out your crazy sweaters and dressy shoes— ‘tis the season for holiday parties galore! It seems we all end up attending a party or two during this time of year, but what if you want to host your own holiday get-together? Unleash your holly jolly spirit (without breaking the bank) with these cheap holiday party ideas. Save yourself some money without sacrificing any holiday magic!
- Peace on Earth. Pajamas & Pancakes For All.
Who says you can’t have breakfast any time of day? Breakfast food tends to cost less to prepare than an elaborate dinner. Set up your own pancake bar with blueberries, chocolate chips, festive colored candy pieces, and other yummy mix-ins, and let your guests prepare their own pancakes as they arrive. To get the full “breakfast for dinner” effect, ask everyone to wear their favorite Christmas pajamas!
- Naughty, Nice, or Simply Sweet!
Dessert parties are a great idea for anyone with a sweet tooth. Whipping up a few delectable holiday treats can leave more in your wallet than preparing a hearty holiday dinner, so let’s get to baking!
- Visions of Sugar Plums & Potluck Dishes
Want to have a dinner party, but don’t want to spend all that money? Have a potluck dinner where everyone brings their own dish! Assign some guests main dishes, others sides, and others desserts. You all share the work—and the cost—of the party, so everyone has more time to enjoy each other’s company.
- A Holly Jolly Movie Night
Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like watching favorite holiday films like A Charlie Brown Christmas, Love Actually, Nightmare Before Christmas, Home Alone, Elf, and It’s A Wonderful Life. Skip the movie theater and invite your friends and family to have a cozy night in. Serve popcorn, splurge on popcorn seasoning, and invite guests to bring their most-loved movie candy to share.
- Santa’s Cookie Exchange
Parties with gift exchanges can get pricey, so why not exchange something edible instead? Since there are no gifts to go out and purchase, you and your guests will save time and money. Plus, everyone gets to take home a sugary treat. Now that’s spreading some holiday cheer!
Tip: If you want to save some serious cash, why not go out on a limb and host a party AFTER the holidays? By then, decorations and holiday candy will be on sale. Tell your friends you’re just “extending the celebration!”
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