Top Ten Tips: Holiday Entertaining on a Budget

Contributor post by Amy of BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

Nothing stretches the wallet quite like the stretch from Halloween to New Years Eve.  Don’t let that be daunting…the CIJ team to the rescue!  Our members share their Top Ten Tips for saving money while entertaining those you hold dear this Holiday Season.

10) Wezz from cyberwezz says

 I really like all the little tiny lights at Christmas! Since candles are not always the safest to use, especially with little ones around, you can get these tiny lights for very cheap and they make a world of difference in the season feel of your decorations.

One of my favs is to take a large glass vase (I love the tube style or square/rectangular ones) and fill it with christmassy stuff: use baubles, pine cones, holly, whatever, and wrap those tiny lights around. I also like to wrap them around a bunch of holly branches and other greens from the garden. You can even find these lights in small sets of 10 or 20 lights with batteries, which I so love to put a decoration like this in the middle of the table.
oh, and put a bunch of cloves in a fresh orange and enjoy the smell!

9) Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says

 A Thanksgiving ice breaker or way to pass the time while the turkey is basting:

Cut out large leaves of various shapes and colors. Have guests write what they are thankful for one one side of each leaf. Then gather them up and before the meal or during dessert, read the leaves out loud. We have a large basket of “Thanksgiving leaves” that we have saved up over the years and add to every year. We still love reading them.

8) Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says

Hosting a tree trimming party is lots of fun and a great way to show off your ornaments to your friends and family. Making ornaments from recycled materials such as buttons and beads, or nature materials such as pinecones or acorns, is fun and can be a great activity idea for children or adults! I love to make my own ornaments.

7) Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

A fun way to entertain with vintage items this Christmas Holiday is to set up a beverage station with vintage paper goods, cocktail napkins and coasters.

6) Another tip from Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo

A very easy way to decorate and let kids helping is this:
From a felt red piece and from a white one, cut the different parts of Santa Klaus dress ( pants, jacket, bell, and so on).
But previously design them on a piece of paper.
Then glue all the pieces on a rope, like Santa Klaus’ laundry.

5) Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says

In Australia,  Christmas happens right in the middle of summer, so while we can dream of a white Christmas, it’s usually around 100F!  Christmas on a budget is a simple thing here, collecting shells, driftwood and the like, adding a bit of tinsel and the all important bonbons to the table and it’s a gorgeous Aussie Christmas!

4) Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says

 One of my favorite things for a party is to have a small gift for guests to take home so they remember the party. I have had a tiny ornament for years that was given to me by a friend at their party. Ornaments are inexpensive to make or buy and make a nice keepsake. Handing them out is a great way to end the evening.

3) jennifer mccarthy from artsix says

I love incorporating vintage and new decor,especially for the holidays. Vintage items make great gifts, too!

2) Courtney from courtneyannabanana says

My favorite easy finger food for the holidays are meat and cream cheese roll ups! The kids can even help make them. Purchase large tortillas (I like the spinach and tomato ones), spread cream cheese thinly over them, roll up an entire pickle wrapped in a slice of lunch meat, slice, insert a toothpick to hold in place and eat! They can be layed out in cute shapes or stacked to make a tree! Always a crowd pleaser in my home!
And a tie for Tip Number One….
1) Rose LAbbate from rosepetalsjewelry says

A real crowd pleaser. Savoy saltine crackers.

Tip. 1 pk savoy saltine seasoning. 4 slevers saltine crackers ( I use the mini ones.1 box), 1 c canola oil, (1) 2 gal. zip lock. Mix oil and seasoning to bag. Mix well, add crackers toss until seasoning is absorbed. Let rest overnight.

Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns says

 My tip for entertaining on a budget for decorations and arragments I take evergreens, pinecones, sticks, berries and holly things I can find outside in the yard and spray them with fake snow, put them into fun ontainers.  This gives the house a festive feel without spending too much.
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