Make an invitation list
It is wise not to go around inviting everyone and their mother to your party if you wish to keep it affordable and enjoyable. You will need to make a list of all the guests you want at your party, including family members, distant relatives, close friends and colleagues. Even if you decide to invite everyone you know in the end, it is recommended that you ask your guests to respond (RSVP) so that you can calculate the amount of food and seating place you will need.
Host the party in your home if possible
While you might be tempted to go with a party venue, you need to consider the pros and cons of hosting outside compared to hosting at home. If you stick to your own place you will not be paying any rent, which is a big save, and can get your own food along with creating a warmer, more familiar and intimate surrounding. However, if you decide to host the party at your home, you will need to consider seating space because it won’t be possible to seat everyone outside in the lawn or your yard due to the winter season.
A good idea is to buy durable plastic utensils, plates and bowls in bright colors, preferably red, to serve the food in the party. Not only will these lighten up the mood but are also good investments since you can keep them for use next year.
Keep the invitations informal
The expectations people will have from your party will depend on the invitations you send out. If you send out very formal invitations, an inexpensive menu might not go with the theme. However, a casual, warm and information invitation can be followed up by home-made traditional Christmas dishes. Moreover, if you are on a really tight budget, it is best to invite only close family members and friends, who are likely to focus on having a good time.
Don’t overdo the decorations
Decorations are important in order to go with the spirit of the Christmas and to remind your guests that they are attending a Christmas party. However, you don’t need to overdo them and fill up the insides of your home with ribbons and lights. Go with a simple Christmas tree near the sitting area, stick a few bows around the house and hang a wreath or two on the walls.