Holiday party season is fast approaching, and despite the limitations brought about by the
pandemic, it is still possible to host a fun and safe holiday party to celebrate the festivities.
A common pitfall that many people run into during the holidays is spending way more money
than necessary to prepare for all the upcoming get-togethers. Not to worry, though—it’s
absolutely possible to put together a great holiday party without breaking the bank!
To give you an idea, here are five ideas for hosting a budget-friendly party without going way
over your budget:
1. Keep decorations simple
As tempting as it may be to go all out with the decorations—even right down to the table
napkins and color-coordinated throw pillows—your guests probably won’t remember it
after the party’s over.
You can instead save a lot by investing in a few key pieces that can be strategically
placed where guests usually frequent, such as the front door, the dinner table, and the
living room space. Go for extra budget-friendly options that you can use again next year
without anybody noticing!
2. Don’t overdo the food
In their attempts to keep everybody happy and well-fed, hosts usually make the mistake
of ordering way too much food, leading to excessive leftovers when the party’s over.
Cocktail parties don’t need a selection of ten appetizers. Keep it simple by having about
four to five selections and making sure you have refills—especially if it’s a longer party.
Hiring a private chef is a great option for this so you don’t have to worry about food
preparations. Just tell them the guest list and intended menu, and they’ll make sure you
have a great dining experience without the stress.
3. Opt for the White Elephant trick for gift-giving
Hosts can feel a lot of pressure to buy every guest a gift, even if they’re small tokens.
These can add up and pile on your party expenses really quickly!
If you want to do gift-giving during your holiday party, a great idea is the White Elephant
gift exchange, where instead of buying a present for you, each guest brings a small gift
within an agreed-upon budget range. Your guests can pick out a random number when
they arrive at your house, and then after dinner, they can each pick out a random gift
from the pile in the order of the number they drew out when they arrived. Aside from
getting a unique present, finding out who it’s from is also part of the fun.
4. Limit your guest list
Inviting everybody might seem like the most polite thing to do, but it can be difficult to
manage when it comes to providing enough food, drink, and space for all your guests.
Keeping your guest list small will not only let you save, but it will also create an intimate
atmosphere for your guests that’s more conducive for getting to know each other.
Besides, a lower headcount means you have some wiggle room to spend a bit more on
better food or a personal chef.
5. Be smart with the booze
Serving wine at a party can get pretty pricey when you’ve got 15 to 30 guests, especially
when everybody wants a refill or two. Some ways to still have fun without having to nix
the alcohol completely are setting up free-flowing mixed drinks (juice and liquor) or
offering some spiked hot chocolate. Everybody will still enjoy a bit of a buzz without
The Bottom Line
Holiday parties are definitely a must. There’s no better time to come together and celebrate the
successes and remember the past year’s struggles. Fortunately, there’s no need to burn a hole
in your wallet to make a holiday party fun and memorable. What matters is the company, the
food, and the overall experience to make it a holiday party for the books.
A private chef experience can elevate your holiday party experience and make it that much
more special. At Food Fire Knives, we offer in-home chef experiences to take food and hosting
off your hands so you can enjoy being with your guests. In addition to personal chefs, we also
offer private cooking classes in Charleston, Savanna, and other locations. Visit our website