Wow! I cannot believe it’s already November! How did that happen?! I love this month for several reasons; the cooler weather, Thanksgiving, it’s close to Christmas, and it’s my birthday month! My hubby is taking me for a quick birthday getaway this weekend and I’m ready for the break!
But with Thanksgiving coming up in a few weeks, I thought I would share some helpful tips if you’re hosting for the holidays. Really these tips can be used for any event including birthday and graduation parties, family get-togethers and more. We just had a sleepover birthday party for my oldest son and we applied the same principles I’m sharing today!
My family is SOOOO excited to be hosting Thanksgiving at our home this year! We are looking forward to spending some quality time with our close friends!
Since we’ve known for a couple of months that we would be hosting, it gave us time to plan ahead. And that brings me to my first tip…
Hosting Tips for Holidays and Events
1. Plan ahead! Make a list…
If you know you have a special occasion coming up in the next month or two, plan ahead! We started thinking about what we would need to host and made a list. We tried to think of everything our guests might need while they’re here. They’re all traveling from out of state and staying for a few days. That means extra towels, toiletries, linens, etc. Instead of purchasing it all at once, we’d buy one or two items each time we went on our regular trip to the store to spread it out and make it easier to manage. You can apply this to food, as well, and stock up early on non-perishables.
When our friends committed to coming, they each asked what they could make or bring to help. We had already decided to smoke a turkey for Thanksgiving Day so they’re bringing ingredients for side dishes, desserts, and drinks. Doing a potluck takes the pressure off of you to take care of everything and saves money, too!
3. Make enough for leftovers!
If you’re already cooking a meal, make enough for leftovers! You usually only have to add a few extra ingredients, saving money compared to coming up with a whole new meal. Plus you don’t have to cook every meal leaving you more time to spend with your guests!
4. Buy in bulk
Purchase things like paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, disposable plates, cups, cutlery, etc. in bulk. It’s cheaper and you don’t have to worry about running out. Sam’s and Costco are great for this!
5. Go disposable
If you’re having a lot of people over, save yourself the time of slaving over dirty dishes and use disposable. Again, it’ll allow you to spend more time with your guests!
6. Get creative with decorating!
You can decorate with little to no budget if you just use some creativity! Dollar Tree is a great resource for party decorations (check out Bre’s post from the blog Average But Inspired for the lowdown on the best and worst party supplies from Dollar Tree) and Pinterest has a wealth of ideas for decorating on the cheap.
I’ve written two posts on ideas for fall tablescapes on a budget (one was free!) and you can read about them here and here. I also made these DIY fall place setting decorations for about $13. I made this rustic welcome sign that didn’t cost me a penny because I used leftover items from other projects. We grew our own pumpkins this year because buying pumpkins at the store can get expensive! But you can also purchase them at Trader Joe’s and Aldi for a great price. Just take a look at what you already have around the house and in your yard for inspiration!
7. Borrow what you don’t have
Missing something you need to host, but it’s not in the budget to purchase? Borrow it! See if family or friends will let you borrow chairs, portable tables, dishes, or whatever your need is so that you can have a successful gathering without breaking the bank!
8. Remember to have fun!
Ultimately this is about spending time together! So relax, give yourself some grace, understand that it’s not about hosting the perfect event, but about enjoying time with the ones you love!
I hope you found these tips helpful! If you have one to add, please share in the comments! I’d love to hear from you. As always, thank you for stopping by and be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss a post! Have a blessed day!