With Christmas just around the corner, you no doubt have plans up your sleeves. Whether it’s a family get-together or an indoor event, there’s every chance of blowing your budget in an attempt to make it all special and memorable for you and your loved ones to cherish for a lifetime. But, you need not take all that stress for we have jotted down epic ideas that would restore the fun element without you busting your budget. Are you ready then? Let’s check them out in the next section.
Fun & Cheap Ideas For An Enjoyable Family Get-Together
It’s tough to be an entertainer with all the responsibilities and budget restrictions. With so much in mind yet so little time to organize everything, one is often seen intimidated with the holiday season approaching. But, not anymore! Here are a few budget-friendly ideas to host an entertaining family get-togethers.
1. Count Your Optimal Budget
The first and foremost step to hosting a family celebration during the holiday season is by chalking out a budget. Think, think, and think. Ask yourself, “How much can I afford?” You need not make it large and frilly to impress your near and dear ones. Little gestures matter a lot. So, based on that, set aside a specified amount for the party and cut down unnecessary expenses until you implement your plan successfully.
2. Keep Decorations And Meals Simple
Get your creative juices flowing! But, make sure it’s within your budget. Things like, plucking flowers from your garden and using a beautiful vase to hold it, placing the same on the center of your table, hanging Christmas lights here and there, setting up fireplaces and lighting up tealight candles, might seem simple but are a foolproof way to warm up everyone’s hearts. You can even purchase paper lanterns from a nearby store to hang it up in your backyard when the sunsets. Another budget-friendly decoration idea is to bring out pictures of your family from your album and use it to decorate around. Such ideas would hardly cost you a thing yet light up your loved ones’ faces right away.
As for meals, keep it light and simple. Cook snacks that are easy to make and takes less than 15 minutes to prepare. We are sure you wouldn’t want to spend the entire time cooking meals for your guests instead of spending time without family. Whether you plan an outdoor event or an indoor one, items like wraps, Udon noodle soups, laksa, chickpeas with poached eggs and meatball subs can make up for a sumptuous meal. Other tidbits like sandwiches, pasta salad, chips and dips can take care of the little ones coming over for a party at your place. To prevent a mess, get yourself paper plates and light plastic cups as serving ware so that when the party’s over, you can simply dispose of and save yourself from an after-party chore. Last, but not least, Ice Popsicle and scoops of ice cream served with fresh fruits from your garden can be the best desserts to plan.
3. Choose Gifts Ahead
Party favors are a must, no matter how simple you plan to keep it. After all, it’s a token of one’s feelings and a gentle reminder of how much you love them. Plan out handmade things like greetings cards or bake a cake or cookies for them to relish for a warm welcome. However, if you are pressed for time, spend on budget-friendly gift items such as protective marble cases, throw pillows with family names printed over it, a flower pot, pint glasses, dumpling lights, scented candles and monogrammed cufflink.
4. Send Out Invitations
The best way to save paper and the most eco-friendly way is by trying out electronic invites. Look for freely downloadable apps that have predesigned templates on them and get going. You can even design something all by yourself and mail it to your guests for a warm welcome.
5. Think Of Fun Activities To Organize On The Same Day
For adults, nothing is as entertaining and fun as a get-together. Laughing out together on silly jokes and pulling each others’ legs ensure a good time with family. However, you can still try out fun indoor activities like musical chairs and card games like Uno or Tenzi. If you plan an outdoor event, a game of badminton and bocce ball can spice up the get-together, leaving everyone cheerful and joyous.
Stop Planning, Start Implementing!
The crux of the matter is to keep it simple and utilize things around you to organize a family get-together on budget. After all, luxurious items hardly matter when you have your family around. It’s all about spending a joyous time together, enjoying each others’ company, connecting as a family and making memories to cherish for a lifetime. So, start planning your party while you still have time and let us know how well it went. We would love to hear all your stories.
By: Casey Milton, BOSS contributor