Holiday Party on a Budget

December is a special time of year for us at Taylor-Made Events.  Lavish holiday parties are one of our favorite parties to throw (and to attend!).  But this year, why let everyone else have the fun throwing lavish holiday parties, when you can throw one too!  It doesn’t have to cost a bunch of money to throw a party.  We have put together some ideas for throwing a beautiful holiday party for under $100.

Decorations

Most of the money you spend will be on food and drinks, so decorations are a place where you can save.  Chances are you already have some holiday decorations, so put those up.  If your place still doesn’t feel festive enough, it’s time to get creative.

A string of Christmas lights around the edge of the room is bright enough to provide all of the lighting you need while setting a party atmosphere.

Christmas Lights – $10

Christmas lights

Show all of your friends that South Florida can get snow too by cutting out a variety of different sized snowflakes and hanging them from fishing line.  To keep from getting a children’s classroom vibe, hang them in artful clusters.  Hang a line of snowflakes in a doorway or create a snowflake chandelier by hanging them from a ceiling fan.  Just make sure the fan stays off during the party!

Fishing Line – $2

Snowflakes

Use wrapping paper to cut out festive shapes and messages and tape them throughout the space.

Wrapping Paper – $5

wrapping paper cutouts

Food and Drink

Depending on how many people you are inviting, providing food and drinks for all of them can get expensive.  Here’s how you can save:

Instead of providing a full open bar, offer a signature drink instead.  This recipe tastes like a remixed version of your favorite eggnog!

Winter Wonderdrink

Simply combine the three liquids and shake over ice before pouring into a cocktail glass.  Top with the grated nutmeg.  This cocktail is especially good with a sweetly flavored vodka such as vanilla, chocolate, or peppermint.

Specialty Drink – $35

Instead of expensive catering or elaborate hors d’oeuvres stick to a few basic snacks, such as cheese and crackers, chips and dip, and Christmas cookies.

Snacks – $40

Total – $92

Now all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy your party!

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