Throwing a Recession-Friendly Holiday Bash

Posted on 12/03/2009

So you want to throw a holiday party, but you don’t have money to throw at it? It is possible to host a recession-friendly holiday bash. You’ll end the night feeling full of holiday spirit and your bank account won’t be wiped out, especially if you snag some of the deals over at the UltimateCoupons' Christmas Sale page!

Go Electronic - Save money on postage and invitations by going electronic. Create an event on Facebook or use the free gallery of online invites available at They’re festive and free—two great qualities for a recession-friendly holiday bash.

Use Natural Decorations - You don’t have to spend big bucks to glam up your home for the holidays. Decorate for your party with items found free in nature. Think glittered pine cones or spray painted branches. The queen of craftiness herself, Martha Stewart, has some great ideas that require a walk through the backyard for supplies. One example are these branch place-card holders. They’re simple, free and lovely.

Make it a Competition - Want guests to contribute food, but don’t want to ask for help? Have a cookie competition or a bake-off. Tell guests that there will be a prize for the winning holiday treat. You’ll bring out their competitive spirit and their holiday spirit at the same time. Plus it’ll mean less stocking up on food at the grocery store.

Score Free Christmas Music - There's lots of free Christmas music available right now. Get the Sampler Claus album for free from Amazon. It comes with seven classics like Silent Night, Holy Night; Deck the Halls and It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. Amazon is also giving away a free Christmas tune every day for 25 days. For even more free music, check out these Christmas hits preformed by the Brian Setzer Orchestra.

Dress Code Required - Stop the need for anyone to blow big bucks on a fancy new party outfit by throwing a tacky Christmas sweater party. Guests will appreciate being able to skip the high-end department store and instead shop at a thrift store for the perfect party ensemble to wear to your recession-friendly holiday bash.

By Alison Storm

Borders - Pick out a fun group game or classic Christmas movie for your party, and save 30% off the list price of 1 item with coupon code BAF6734H. Expires 12/17/2009.

Cost Plus World Market - Grab festively colored plates, napkins, ornaments, and decor, and save 25% off your order with coupon code FFAFFDEC through 12/06/2009.

* Hot deals expire quickly. This deal may no longer be valid.

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