Guest post by my amazing wife, Amber Moore.
I cannot even express how much I love this time of year. No, I don’t enjoy the cold, or even the snow, and I absolutely detest trying to do the whole Black Friday shopping experience. BUT I love the holidays, and Christmas to be more specific. You can’t help but to just feel so grateful for everything during this time, knowing that you were special enough that God was willing to let his son die for you. *Deep breath* So amazing.
I also have a natural giving spirit. I love to find amazing gifts for everyone I know: family, friends, colleagues, the mailman, teachers, etc. I get joy from knowing someone else might feel a little bit of joy from my gift. It’s kind of like a pay-it-forward: God gave me the gift of life and thus gave me joy, now its my turn to pay that joy forward to others.
But if you are going through a financial fight, Christmas might seem more stressful to you. Especially if you had already volunteered to host a Christmas Party during the holiday season. Even if its just dinner, a holiday party’s expenses can quickly add up. Don’t panic! I’m going to give you some advice on how you can host a great party and not break your budget!
5 Tips for Hosting a Great Christmas Party without Breaking the Budget
Ok, so first let me say that I hope you aren’t the type of person who just would volunteer to do something like this on a whim the week before you hold it. At least not while you are keeping things tight to pay off debt or build an emergency fund. You need to give yourself a little bit of time to plan.
- Shop Cheap. You do not have to go out and buy a brand new set of hand-made, hand-painted china. Go to Dollar Tree and buy red and green paper plates and plastic wear. You could even look at Oriental Trading for some cheap, great finds. Look to Craigslist, Ebay, or Facebook Marketplace for things like a karaoke machine or a Santa Suit. Don’t forget to search the newspaper and online for any coupons you can use.
- DJ’s are a do not. You can create a playlist to include all the Christmas carols and line dances that get people up and dancing. You do not need to spend hundreds of dollars on a DJ.
- Cook It Yourself. You will save hundreds of dollars by making the food in-house rather than having it catered in. Use the shop cheap stores I listed above to find a couple extra crockpots -> that will give you the ability to cook more without a whole lot of extra effort.
- Make it a Potluck. Ask the attendees to bring a dish or dessert (or even drinks) to pass around. This will take some of the weight off of you.
- Provide the mixers. Purchase some cheap 2-liter bottles of gingerale, sprite, coke and Dr. Pepper as well as some seltzer water and tomato juice. These can be used alone as refreshments or as mixers. Let guests know if they would like an alcoholic drink, that you will provide the mixers but they will need to bring their drink of choice (beer, liquor, wine, etc.).
I hope these tips were useful, but the biggest thing I hope you take away is that you quit trying to impress anyone except God. The only thing you should be trying to do is sharing the gift of joy that he gave to you with those you love.
I hope you all have a very, Merry Christmas! and I hope you all throw some amazing parties 🙂
As someone who always made people ask, “How does she do it?”, I had to learn how to fit more into my day without completely losing my mind. Now I’m excited to share how I did that and what I’ve learned with everyone else. I just want to see people able to live the life they want, doing the things they want, without the stress they think is normal. I want everyone to experience Peace of Time.