Sticking to a budget is essential at Christmas – not least when you’re planning your Christmas party!
So today we’ve put together our top tips for throwing a Christmas party on a budget – from party food on a budget to simple ways to minimise the cost for your guests.
Read on for low budget Christmas party ideas to help keep your costs down without sacrificing any of the festive fun!
Start planning early
If we could give you one piece of advice, it’s to start planning early! Nothing wastes money more than last-minute panic buys so make sure you decide your Christmas party budget early on and stick to it.
Make a full list of everything you’ll need to buy and how much it’ll cost. You could even make use of our free party planning checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything.
Choose a local venue
When you’re planning your Christmas party, it’s not just about keeping the host’s costs down. Going out is expensive these days so make sure you make an effort to keep your guests’ costs down too. We’d recommend choosing a local party venue so people don’t have to spend lots of money on taxis getting to and from the party.
Make it fancy dress
Why not make it a fancy dress party? Buying a costume is much cheaper than buying a party dress and if everyone gets into it, it can be loads of fun. We’d recommend picking a theme that everyone can join in with – something fairly broad like 1920s, superheroes or costumes beginning with a certain letter would be perfect. Take a look through our full range of fancy dress for more ideas for a theme.
Use paper plates and plastic glasses
Another good tip for throwing a Christmas party on a budget is to use disposable plates, cups and cutlery.
Packs of disposable tableware like these are perfect for catering for large groups of people and while they certainly save you being lumbered with the washing up after the party, they’re also really good value.
Ask everyone to contribute towards the buffet
A good tip for doing party food on a budget is to ask all your guests to contribute towards the buffet. Putting on a large spread can be quite expensive for one host but if everyone brings something, you can easily spread the cost and make it more manageable.
Do a bit of forward planning to let everyone know what they need to bring but don’t ask anyone to bring anything particularly expensive. Things like sandwiches, sausage rolls, crisps, cakes and other nibbles are perfect for this kind of event. And of course, BYOB (bring your own beer) goes without saying if you’re trying to keep the cost down too!
Serve a couple of signature drinks
If you do decide to provide some of the drinks, you can keep your Christmas party on budget by sticking to 2-3 types of drink rather than offering a whole selection.
If you start offering loads of different cocktails you’ll have to buy loads of different spirits and mixers, so keep things cheap by sticking to one or two. And if anyone wants anything different, tell them to bring their own!
Do Secret Santa
Whether you’re throwing a Christmas party for friends, family or colleagues, Secret Santa can be a great value solution to buying Christmas gifts. There are two ways to do this –
- Get everyone to bring an inexpensive gift to the party (to the value of about £10) and put them all in the middle. Then one by one, each person picks a present from the pile and whatever you get, you keep!
- A couple of weeks before the party, put everyone’s name into a hat and get everyone to pick out a name. Then whoever you pull out of the hat, that’s who you’re buying a present for. But the golden rule is you can’t tell anyone who you’ve got!
We love the idea of packing your presents mini Santa stockings like these – they’re the perfect gift bag size and a great value way to jazz up a small gift.
If it’s a work Christmas party… give your employees the next morning off
Finally, this Christmas party idea won’t cost you a penny but if you’re the organiser of your work Christmas do, it’ll put you in everyone’s good books for the year ahead.
Give your workers the next morning off to nurse their hangovers and this small gesture will be worth its weight in gold!
Want more Christmas party ideas? Why not check out:
- Top Office Christmas Party Themes for 2015
- How to Throw a Cute Rudolph-Themed Party
- How to Throw a Magical Winter Wonderland Party