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How to Have a Holiday Bash on a Budget

Author: Entrust Energy

Date: December 12, 2018

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December is already an expensive month, so adding in a party can be a huge source of financial stress. Not to worry! We have some tips that will help you pull off the party of the year, without emptying your bank account.

1. Start With a Budget

Chances are if you don’t set a budget for yourself, you’ll quickly spend more money than you want to. Come up with an amount that’s reasonable and within your means, and make sure you strictly adhere to it.

2. Consider What Kind of Party You Want

Do you want a sit-down dinner? Lots of people? Fancy or casual? Focus on what matters most to you, and then figure out how to make it work within your budget. If you want to invite 50 friends, make it a potluck and ask everyone to bring a dish. However, 10 guests for a sit-down dinner could potentially fit your budget.

3. Send Digital Invitations

Not only will you save money on invitations, digital invites are more eco-friendly than paper invitations. You can also set up a private party page on Facebook. Here you can invite all your guests, post updates, and have an open discussion for guests to RSVP, ask questions, etc. Guests will also get reminders about the party as the date nears. 


Alcohol is expensive. Save on costs by asking guests to bring a bottle or six-pack, and share their favorite wine or beer with everyone. Your guests will end up with drinks they like, plus you’ll save money. It’s a win-win!

5. Dollar Store Décor

Stock up on ornaments, tinsel, garlands, and other accents that will make your house look fun and festive. You can also try your hand at DIY decorations, if you’re the crafty type. Focus on decorating your mantel, dining table, and other “high-traffic” focal points in your home. 

6. Have a Baking Contest

Have guests participate in a dessert contest. This saves you money on purchasing or making multiple desserts, and allows everyone else to join in on some holiday fun. Let everyone vote for their favorite desserts throughout the evening, and give an inexpensive prize (gift card, holiday decoration, etc.) to the winner at the end of the night.

7. Borrow From Friends

There’s no need to buy all new serving dishes and tablecloths. Call up friends, family, and neighbors, and ask if they can loan you some items for one evening. Be sure to clean borrowed items before returning.

Entrust Energy wishes you and your family a happy holiday season. If saving money on your holiday party has you feeling inspired, learn how you can save even more on your energy bill in 2019.


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