We’ve all had a challenging year, especially when considering the devastating impacts of the pandemic and just how many businesses shut their doors and left countless unemployed; throwing a budget-friendly Christmas dinner is likely the agenda for most of us.
However, you don’t have to compromise on festivities because your budget is tight; with these top tips, you can throw a lavish dinner party and celebrate the festive season without overspending.
Affordable Festive Beverages
It won’t be affordable to go overboard when it comes to alcoholic beverages. So it may be a great idea to opt for affordable solutions such as hot toddies or egg nog. These drinks don’t require too much alcohol, and they are widely associated with Christmas.
If you are hoping to incorporate wine into your dinner party, it is best to evaluate an informative wine guide that will help you decide which wine is best. It is never a great idea to buy cheap wine from the liquor store, even if your budget seems to allow you to purchase extra. Instead, it would be best if you determined which affordable wines are quality.
Christmas decorations may not initially seem like a high cost as they can be purchased from discount stores. However, every cent saved matters when you are working with a tight budget. Instead of buying indoor Christmas decor to light up your lavish dinner party, you could make your own quite easily.
There are tons of straightforward tutorials available online that will help you craft fancy decor your guests will love. DIY decorations also don’t have to look shabby as specific methods will have your guests sure you spent a small fortune on your decor this year.
If your Christmas dinner party will entail gift-giving, it is a great idea to gift homemade gifts. The thought and effort invested in making such gifts will be appreciated. You could even encourage your guests to save by hosting a secret Santa in which homemade gifts are the basic guidelines for gifting.
This will keep everyone from the cost of buying multiple presents, each guest will receive a gift, and everyone’s gifting budgets can remain ideally low. There are tons of easy homemade gifts to create, such as photo frames, candles, luxury soaps, and even simple woodwork creations.
Plan Meals According To Discounts
The main attraction of any Christmas dinner is the decadent food served. While you may feel that you have to serve your guests’ expensive meals, a tasty Turducken may not be the most affordable way to feed all your guests. Instead of insisting on sticking to your previous Christmas dinners’ norms, there is no reason you can’t plan the meals according to the discounts offered by retailers during the festive season.
Opting for discounted ingredients will help you save a small fortune. It is also a great idea to consider asking each guest to bring along one complimentary dish. The dish could be as simple as a salad or even a sweet dessert.