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In addition to trimming the Christmas tree this year, the chances are you’re trying to keep your spending around the holiday trim as well. From the food and decorations to the guests and entertainment, there are plenty of ways you can throw a great holiday bash on a budget. Here are just a few pointers:
It seems as though stores around the world are beginning to sell holiday decorations earlier and earlier each year--some as early as before the Autumn season! If you’re wise enough to think ahead of time, it would be a good idea to take advantage of the pre-holiday season sales at retail outlets like Ikea and home and hardware stores. On the other hand, you are likely to save even more money on decorations by making them yourself.
For example, a lot of the items that are already lying around your house can be repurposed into something more festive-looking. Items like empty glass jars can be filled with things such as tinsel, small ornaments and other festive trinkets. Assemble the jars in a pyramid or a row and place them as works of art on a mantel shelf or hallway.
If you have a few clear saltshakers, you can turn them into mini winter wonderlands by placing small toy evergreens and woodland animal figurines in them. The deer and other animals will look like they’re atop iodised “drifts”!
Because fresh garlands of leaves and flowers may be hard to come by (and are expensive), there are a few ways to make homemade garlands with things you probably have in your kitchen cupboard. Coffee filters, for instance, can be arranged into a ruffled-looking garland. First, stack about 12-14 ruffled coffee filters (be careful not to tear them) and staple them together. Repeat this step until you have enough stacks for the length of garland that you want (20 stacks can make a 10-foot garland). Next, poke a small hole in each stack with a small needle and string them together with twine. Arrange them in a festive way and voila!
During the holidays, food is far too simple to splurge on. When throwing a holiday party, consider asking that your guests bring a favourite holiday dish to share. Not only will this save you a fair amount on food, it will also give you a chance to try new things.
If potluck isn’t what you had in mind, you still have some options when it comes to saving money and serving great food at your party. Hungry House is able to gather all of the takeaway menus in your area and sort them by pricing. Pizza and Chinese food are always favourites when it comes to takeout food. Best of all, you’ll save time by not having to cook or having the hassle of cleaning up.
On the other hand, if you’re planning to cook for the holiday party this year, there are thousands of budget-friendly recipes to be found. Instead of purchasing the pricey crown roast of pork, consider swapping it for roast pork tenderloin. But if you can’t forgo the traditional turkey, try serving your guests modest turkey cutlets. They still deliver full flavour without breaking the bank (a whole turkey can cost more than a tank of fuel!).
The holiday season is a very special time of the year where we all have more excuses to spend time with each other, but that doesn’t mean we have to break the bank! Follow the tips above to keep your wallet, belly and spirit full of cheer!
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