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6 Things to Include in Your Holiday Party Budget

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Just about everybody loves a good party. If you are planning one for either Christmas or New Year’s this year, you might be wondering what things to include in your holiday party budget that will make your party a smash hit! Taking time to make a plan, and a budget, for your holiday party will ensure you don’t go over board with spending during the expensive holiday season. Plus, it’ll help you avoid forgetting things that you’ll have to run and grab at the last minute. It’s a win-win! Here are 6 things you should include in your holiday party budget. 1 Food It isn’t a party if you don’t have great food. Make sure you plan your menu ahead of time and don’t wait until the last minute to do your grocery shopping. I was once forced to change my holiday menu because the only grocery store in my small town was out of a critical ingredient I needed for one of the food items I had been planning. If some of the ingredients you need are canned or boxed you might be able to pick them up a couple of weeks early when they are on sale and ...

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Cheap Ways to Celebrate the New Year

It’s the last day of 2012. Have you decided how you will be ringing in the New Year? Restaurants and bars capitalize on one of the busiest nights of the year by jacking up prices for a fixed menu or set number of drinks. If you like that type of event and have already budgeted for it, go have fun. If you have waited until the last minute, but still want to participate in some festivities, here are some cheap ways to celebrate the New Year. Stay Home and Invite Friends Over You can avoid the crowds by staying at home. You don’t have to go all out financially to have a great party. It can be BYOB or pot luck. You can dress up or wear pajamas. You don’t even have to invite friends if you don’t want. It’s your house. Do as you please. What can you do for entertainment? Play Board Games Have a Penny Poker Tournament Watch a whole TV series or trilogy of movies on Netflix or Amazon Prime Watch your favorite band’s concert DVD Play Pictionary Have an after Christmas white elephant exchange Pull out your pictures from trips and events from the past ...

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Hosting a Frugal, Rocking Holiday Party

That title might be a little misleading. Parties do cost money, and if you are in a financial bind, you really shouldn’t be hosting one. However, if you like to entertain, there are ways to do it frugally. I did host a pretty rocking Christmas party for my employees this past weekend. Obviously, these tips don’t work if you have 200 people to serve and entertain, but if you are hosting a small holiday gathering, there’s no reason you can’t have a great party without having to ask Santa for grocery money next month. Food Basically for any party, you need to provide food. There is nothing wrong with doing appetizers only. If you buy those fancy pre-made trays at the grocery store, it is much less work, but you’ll end up spending 3-4X more. I like to buy veggies and fruits, then cut and arrange them myself. If you don’t have serving platters or utensils, dollar stores or thrift shop are a treasure trove of holiday serving items right now. You can also buy something like a big bag of frozen shrimp at the grocery store. These cost less and provide more volume than buying the pre-arranged platter with ...

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