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Holiday Party Planning Tips

Holiday parties can range from small, familiar gatherings, to all-out celebrations. Whether you are throwing a holiday party for your close friends or for your entire extended family, we gathered some holiday party tips to keep it as affordable and fun as possible.

Let’s explore them below:

Guest list

While it’s important to keep in mind how much space you have for your guests in your home or venue, it’s also important to think about how much food, drinks, and paper products you will have to buy. Be sure to keep both factors in mind when deciding who you will invite. Need to send out holiday party invitations? Save on postage by using a website like Paperless Post to send festive invites or create a Facebook event; both are free!


Decorations are a great way to show off your holiday spirit, but can quickly add up when you hit the seasonal aisle at your local retailer. We learned less is more. Skip the big, fancy centerpieces as they typically block the view and conversation of guests. For something different, try a blue or purple holiday theme instead of the typical green and red holiday decorations. Need more ideas on how to keep your holiday decorations affordable? Check out more of our tips here.


You have the guest list and the decorations, now you need the food and drinks. Think of creative ways to display your veggies and dips for a festive start to the party (try this idea with a homemade dip here! For a cost-effective, yet fun dinner party, host a potluck. This way you can try each person’s favorite holiday dish and not have to cook an entire dinner. Skip the full bar and provide your guests with a signature holiday drink and make the rest BYOB.

Theme Party

Tell your guests it’s an ugly sweater party or, try convincing them to bring their favorite cookies to swap. Missed out on a Halloween party? Throw a Nightmare before Christmas theme party and get the best of both holidays! Whatever you decide your theme to be theme parties are great ideas for holiday parties.

New Year’s

Celebrating the New Year with old friends? One of the least expensive, yet memorable activities you can do for this holiday is to create a time capsule. Have each guest write down a resolution, goal, or prediction they have for the coming year and box them up to open the following year. Make it an event to see if they came true or actually happened. All of your friends have different plans for New Year’s Eve? Skip the New Year’s Eve party and host a New Year’s Day brunch. Breakfast food typically yields a lower cost and your friends will be grateful you thought of this idea!

Need money for your holiday party this season? Mariner Finance is here to help! We will work with you to find a solution that best meets your budget and needs. Contact your local Mariner Finance branch to speak with a knowledgeable member of our staff and get the money you need today!

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