Monday, December 3, 2012

How to Host the Holidays on a Budget

Many Americans look forward to opening their hearts and homes to their family and friends during the holiday season. The unfortunately reality is, however, hosting the holidays for the people you love, while a pleasure, has become a financial burden for many during these trying economic times. Whether you are rushing to get your plans in order or are already thinking about next year, here are just a few ways you can limit spending and still host a splendid holiday gathering in your home.

Perhaps the need to rent construction equipment for a recent remodel was an unexpected expense or limited work opportunities have compromised your budget. With the family coming over for the holidays, it’s still possible to share in gift giving on a limited budget by taking a proactive approach. One of the best ways to ease the burden while everyone still gets something great is to set up a system where you draw names at random for a single gift exchange. Another way to spread the love without breaking the bank is by making gifts people really want, like bottling your own delicious BBQ sauce with personalized labels made special for the holidays.

It’s easy to get carried away spending money on food for a holiday party, but many top seasonal favorites are actually economical. Try roasting a big turkey for dinner, which not only works great for a large group but will also supply leftovers for the rest of the week. And take up those offers from people to bring something from home. By having everyone pitch in with side dishes and desserts you’ll limit your spending and cultivate a more festive, sharing feel.

With everyone coming into town and expectations high for a good time, don’t get carried away planning elaborate events or buying tickets to over-priced shows. Rather than going out to the theater, make a big bowl of popcorn and hold family movie night by the fireplace. Bust out the board games, play charades, and do all the things that make holidays with your loved ones more memorable. Time spent together is what really counts, so skip the expensive hansom cab ride through the park and go sledding instead.

When you have the family coming over for the holidays it’s natural to want to make them feel welcome by rolling out the red carpet. Great hospitality has never been just about how much money you spend or how elaborate of a presentation you make. Keep focused on the things that are truly important while setting up a warm, inviting and festive environment where you can share food, exchange gifts and enjoy each other’s company. 

Byline: Carly is an aspiring writer who is constantly looking to expand her portfolio by creating content on a plethora of subjects. She has a wide variety of interests and loves writing about anything and everything. She loves that blogging allows her to share her writing with people all over the world.

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