Cheap Holiday Party Ideas (That Don’t LOOK Cheap!)

How To Throw A Fabulous Holiday Party On A Budget!
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Cheap holiday party ideas? You are probably thinking to yourself “Uh, yeah, right! How can I invite my family and friends to a cheap party? I definitely have to spend a lot of cash to entertain.” Well, this is going to be our little secret, OK? Follow my tips and no one will KNOW that you have gone cheap on them! You won’t want to miss this!

In a little “throwback Tuesday/Thursday something post”, I figured I’d share some fun, simple and inexpensive ways to make holiday entertaining a snap in a segment clip I did for AZ Family. Enjoy!

Here’s The Clip Where I Cover Cheap Holiday Party Ideas (That Don’t LOOK Cheap!):

3 Key Takeaways Featuring Cheap Holiday Party Ideas:

  1. Think double duty.
  2. Make things interactive.
  3. Inexpensive doesn’t need to LOOK cheap!

Think double duty and reuse! With the cost of things these days, I can’t stress this enough! Take a look around the house. You must have things that can serve more than one purpose? Can your centerpieces be used as place cards and maybe even party favors also? You probably have oats and cereal in the pantry (you will have to continue reading and watch the TV segment to find out what you can create with these ingredients).

Here’s a summary of the tips from the clip. Take them and make them your own.

6 Inexpensive Ideas For Your Holiday Party:

1. Party Favors As Decor

Instead of giving your guests a gift or party favor in addition to everything else you are doing for the party, make the gifts or party favors part of your decor.

  • Wrap up vintage ornaments with a beautiful ribbon. Tie a name tag on the package and place it on top of a candlestick holder. You can use it as a place card and centerpiece. Guests can also take them home at the end of the event. Ebay is one of the many places to purchase the ornaments. They are inexpensive if you buy in bulk and then wrap them individually.
  • You can also get some fun holiday sayings and put names on the back to use as place cards. Place them on the tables where guests will sit or on the buffet table. They become a great conversation piece.

2. Edible Centerpieces

Make candy apples or apple turnovers. You can add a place card or just have them be part of your decor. Display them as centerpieces. They will look so festive!

Related: Candy Apple With A Twist

3. Wish Tree/Grateful Tree

With consumerism so rampant these days, I absolutely LOVE this idea. It reminds kids (and everyone else) that we have so much to be thankful for. Focus on what we want, instead of what we don’t want. The idea behind this is Yoko Ono’s wish trees. As a child growing up in Japan, Yoko Ono would put a wish for the New Year on a tree. Create your own wish tree and supply your guests with cards, markers and ribbons. In addition to wishes, you can also suggest guests write what they are thankful for.

4. Activity For The Kids

When you have kids at a holiday party, it’s a good idea to keep them busy and this activity adds a little bit of magic. Set up a reindeer food station with oats, sprinkles, cereal and anything else you think of that reindeer might like. They kids can label their reindeer food. It’s a fun activity that gets them involved.

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5. Fun Beverages

Don’t kids love to drink whatever adults are drinking? Make the kids feel like adults by rimming shot glasses or martini glasses with crushed up candy canes. Fill the glasses with something non-alcoholic (of course!) like hot chocolate or chocolate milk. You can spice things up a bit if you are serving adults.

Big Take Away – Get The Biggest Bang For Your Buck!

No matter how big or small your budget may be, concentrate on where you want to put your emphasis. What is important to you? You might save money in one area and spend a little more on something else. Use these cheap holiday party ideas to throw a fabulous party, but let the cost be our little secret!

Tell Us Your Favorite Tip:

Let us all learn from each other. Did you use any of these tips for your holiday celebration? Do tell! Give us your tips, tricks, feedback and resources in the comments below. And if you like it, please be a sweetheart and share this post?

xx – Marley

Oh, and here’s the video, which was the point of this whole blog. Find some great inexpensive tips when planning your next holiday party!

Want To See More Ideas For The Holidays?

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