Cheap and Easy Holiday Entertaining Ideas

Entertaining this holiday? These savvy suggestions will help you celebrate with your budget intact

A fun holiday party doesn't have to cost a fortune. Use these strategies to make yours an affair to remember--on a budget!

CREATE A SOUNDTRACK 

“Keep an eye out for free holiday music downloads from sources such as Amazon and iTunes, then assemble your seasonal playlist.”

—Wendy Limauge and Lisa Collins, sweetiesfreebies.com 

DECORATE WITH WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE 

“An old-fashioned sled looks great by the front door, a scarf can make a festive table runner, and fluffy woolen mittens accent tabletops or walls. Frame attractive holiday cards and use as wall art or set the frames on tabletops. You also can make your own garland by stringing together popcorn, cranberries, cinnamon sticks or even pasta.”

—Kimberly Danger, mommysavers.com 

SAVE ON DRINKS 

“Hosting parties can be expensive, especially when you’re providing the alcohol. Boxed wines are an incredible bargain, and many of them taste just as good as bottled. If you’re afraid of your guests’ reaction, simply pour the boxed wine into a decanter—look for one at a dollar store or yard sale.”

—Andrew Schrage, moneycrashers.com 

GET DOLLED UP 

“A new designer hairdo doesn’t have to bust your budget. Most high-end salons offer training nights for their staff and need models (like you!). Check with businesses in your area.”

—Zippy Sandler, champagneliving.net