Holiday Survival Basics

Alternative Holiday Parties

Most companies are scaling back office parties this year, so it's only logical that hosts and hostesses do the same with their own affairs. Here are a few tips that might help:

  • Make it BYOB. Everyone can contribute to the merriment.
  • Make it a BAD (bring a dessert) party. Everyone will get to indulge a little with little expense.
  • Make it a "drinks and appetizers" event, and schedule it after dinnertime.
  • Set an end time in your invitation. People will likely drink less, and the host spends less money on food.
  • Make it casual. Party dresses might not be in the budgets this year, and jeans are more comfortable anyway.