Holiday parties are a great way to enjoy time with friends and family, while celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah or the ushering in of a New Year. The still ailing economy has most of us watching our pennies and cutting costs wherever there is room to do so. Unfortunately, the current state of affairs has many of us downsizing or eliminating holiday entertaining altogether. An easy way to ensure that you can still host a gathering this year without busting the budget, is to trim away the exorbitant cost of alcohol for your holiday extravaganza. This article will offer some quick and painless ways to save some cash on the usual liquor bill for your seasonal party.
Make Your Holiday Party A Dry Affair. Holiday parties and alcohol do not necessarily have to go hand in hand. Eliminate the booze and make a flavorful punch to serve your guests instead. Offer hot cocoa, tea and coffee for those guests who would prefer a hot drink while socializing. Not only does eliminating the alcohol cut way down on your total expense for the party, it also eliminates the hassle of guests who over indulge and arranging safe and sober rides for inebriated guests. Be sure to indicate the dryness of the party on the invitation so there is no surprise at the start of the evening.
Have A Holiday Party Signature Drink. You don’t need to stock the bar with every different type of wine, beer and spirits for your holiday gathering. Instead of trying to please and cater to every guest that walks through your door by having their favorite drink on hand, offer one signature drink for this year’s holiday party. It can be a wine spritzer, the apple martini, or margaritas. Choose one drink that you think will have the most widespread appeal and only purchase the liquor and mixers needed to make that drink. You will save a ton of money on alcohol and also give your party a fun theme. Be sure to let your guests know that only drink will be served at the party, giving it a cute name such as “Merry Margarita” or “Christmas Cosmo” and encourage guests to bring their own drink of choice, if the signature cocktail is not to their liking.
Make Your Holiday Party B.Y.O.B. Most people have no problem with bringing their own alcohol along when attending a holiday gathering. They understand that it is far less expensive for them to spend ten or twenty dollars on spirits for the night, in contrast to the hundreds of dollars that the host would have to spend to supply all the liquor for all the guests. Be sure to make this fact very clear when inviting guests, so they don’t expect to have a fully stocked bar waiting for them at the party. Have a generic case of beer and a bottle or two of white and red wine on hand for those guests who forget to bring their own, but for the most part, allow the guests to supply their own liquor for the evening.
Ask The Merchant For A Discount. it never hurts to ask a shop owner or merchant for a discount. In these tough economic times, more sellers and merchants are offering discounts or are willing to haggle a bit with customers than ever before. Estimate the cost of your alcohol needs for your holiday party and make a few phone calls to neighborhood liquor stores and suppliers to see who will give you the best price. You may be surprised at how much the merchant is willing to come down, especially if your order is quite significant.