Hosting a Christmas Party on a Budget

The words “Christmas” and “budget” often appear in the same sentence at this time of year, and they’re often accompanied with something akin to a groan! Don’t let so-much-Christmas and so-little-budget put a damper on your holiday spirit! Seasonal costs can add up quickly, but you can party on a budget. On my blog, Spaceships and Laser Beams, we specialize in parties for boys, so I have a ton of ideas.

Hosting a Christmas Party on a Budget

First off, start with what you have on hand. Music, lights and colors all combine to produce a feast for the senses. If you don’t already have holiday music cd’s, then find a local radio station and let that provide holiday background. A variety of light levels in a room can produce “atmosphere” so play with tree lights, candle light and lamp light. You get extra points for sparkle so use mirrors under or behind light sources to double the twinkle effects.


You don’t need expensive china to host a party. If your everyday dishes clash with the hoped for color scheme, then one of these options can help: borrow plain white dishes; check out your local dollar or discount store for reasonably priced pieces; use paper goods. Use bowls, vases or canisters as serving pieces. Dress them up with ribbons and circle medallions. Vary the heights of the serving dishes by making pedestals from a plate on an upturned bowl. Arrange a few shiny ornaments amongst the food dishes, too. I love how Amy Atlas incorporates simple brown paper bags and wrapping paper in this kids Christmas party idea.

There are more menu options than I have room to describe here, but keep in mind that you don’t have to provide an entire meal at a party. A savory buffet with a few choices or a dessert table will be enough for a holiday gathering. A few interesting containers with bulk candy in Christmas colors look great on a table. It has also become quite common to ask guests to bring a dish or favorite beverage to share.

Use FREE Christmas Printables

Use these FREE Christmas printables — they’re all downloadable! There are subway and wall art prints, ornaments, entire party sets, gift tags, advent calendars and more; all in a variety of colors and styles. You’re sure to glean inspiration and products you can use immediately.

A little imagination, a few friends and a cozy spot to be together are really all you need for hosting a party. Being together and sharing a load of Christmas cheer doesn’t need to cost much at all!

Stephanie Keeping is a mom of boys, a blogger, and an Etsy-preneur. She celebrates boyish charm at Spaceships and Laser Beams, where she talks about all things boy and birthday party. 

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  1. Haha. I was all excited about this post when I saw the title. I really like the idea of lights, and it wouldn’t have occurred to me to do that.
    I would love to see a post about how to budget holiday party food. Wings, and cheese trays are pricey and I’d love some ideas for good party food on a budget.

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