How sad – so many businesses have canceled their holiday parties. Just because companies are scaling back, doesn’t give you any excuse. Your friends are expecting your annual holiday cocktail party, and who are you to disappoint them with silly reasons like “I’m so broke I can’t eat.”
We’ve thrown together a list of tips that will help you throw a party that works with these tough times. If you’ve already tried all of these, we’re at a loss, but we hear that a kidney can fetch a pretty penny these days. Better hurry. Your guests are coming in a few days, and you’ll need time to recover!
1. You can encourage your friends to bring beer and wine, but you want to have at least one house cocktail available (this isn’t hippy-dippy pot luck after all). The perfect money saving solution? Two words: Sobieski Vodka. This brand is just as good as the pricey stuff, and will leave you with plenty of leftover change in your pocket. Use it to buy something special – like more vodka.
2. Why spend all that money on a new punchbowl when your bathtub will do the trick? Makes for a great conversation piece. Sample conversation: “Like, there’s punch in the bathtub. Ewwwww.”
3. Save money by limiting your snack options. If your guests are anyone worth knowing, they’ll be focusing on the alcohol anyway. When everyone is sufficiently lubricated, then bring out the snacks. One pack of chicken ramen might not seem like a lot, but it really lasts if spread out across the room in tiny bowls. Try sprinkling Chex Mix on top for some added flair.
4. Decoration wise, the dollar store has everything you need. Double your money by stealing one of everything you buy – i.e. purchase one Christmas ball and shove a second down your pants. You’ll walk away with double the made-in-china / highly toxic geegaws that are sure to impress your friends (just be sure not to breathe the fumes if they accidentally light up. Yikes.)
5. Turn old holiday pastimes into money making ventures. Mistletoe can become a kissing booth where you charge a few bucks for a smooch. The kissing booth can become 60 minutes next Tuesday where you charge a few more bucks for some ho ho ho. Now that’s the holiday/recession spirit.