How to host a fabulous holiday dinner on a budget

Throwing a champagne party on a beer budget? 🍾

Money can get tight during the holidays, but that shouldn’t stop you from throwing a fabulous dinner party for your friends and family. You don’t have to overspend to entertain! Be the talk of the town (or at least your immediate circle of friends) by using these inexpensive dinner party ideas at your next shindig.

Stick to your budget

During the holidays, it’s vital to lay out your budget in advance and stick to it. However, be realistic about how much money you’re likely to spend in each category, and don’t forget to set aside a few extra dollars for entertaining!

Choose a signature drink 🍸

You don’t have to have an entire bar to have a successful dinner party. Instead, choose a signature drink, like a Christmosa — which is a mix of champagne mixed and sparkling grape juice, garnished with cranberries, green apples, and grapes.

You could also opt for a hot cocoa bar instead of alcohol for a budget-friendly substitute. Put out a variety of hot cocoa mixes, chocolate chips, marshmallows, and candy canes — guests will have a blast making their own chocolaty concoctions.

Serve appetizers instead of a huge meal

Skip the formal sit-down dinner entirely, and serve a variety of elegant appetizers instead. A cocktail party, with heavy hors-d’oeuvres, like meatballs or baked brie, may be an affordable alternative to a three-course meal.

Join in all the reindeer games 🦌

There are plenty of holiday games that you can play with your guests using items lying around the house, like tissue boxes and red solo cups. If you google “Minute to Win It,” you will find some really amusing game ideas.

Delegate responsibilities

You don’t have to do everything yourself — ask for a hand from a friend or two. You can ask each guest to bring a dish, or simply bring their drink of choice. If you are making a request, be sure to ask in advance. It’s common courtesy to give a weeks notice (at least).

De-stress this holiday season 💆‍♀️

Hosting a fun night with friends may be just what you need to de-stress this holiday season. Skip the pricey extras and get creative with your food and decor. You can throw a budget-friendly dinner party that has the same impact as a pricey one — good food, good friends, and epic stories to rehash for years to come.