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8 Holiday Party Ideas for Hosts on a Budget
Dec 01 – Dec 14, 2022

Key takeaways

Holiday hosts are going into the red—and not because it's the season's color. In 2021, millennials earmarked almost $1,000 for throwing holiday parties, and more than half said they would take on debt to do it, according to a November 2021 survey by LendingTree. But you don't need to bust your budget for merrymaking. Here are 8 holiday party ideas to keep costs low without killing the vibe.

1. Pick an "off" day or time

"If you invite somebody to a party on Saturday in the middle of December at 6:00 p.m., they might have high expectations," says Marley Majcher, CEO of The Party Goddess!, a Los Angeles–based event-planning company. And you might feel pressured to buy expensive dinner entrees and top-shelf liquor. Consider another time—maybe a weeknight, with just drinks and apps, or a weekend brunch with lighter fare.

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