When it comes to hosting your family for the holiday season, we know that this time can be one of great joy as well as great stress. This year, remove the stress from what should be a festive occasion with these easy tips to stay on budget for holiday hosting.

One of the easiest ways to remove the stress and overspending from holiday hosting is to have a potluck dinner! From timing to seasoning, being solely responsible for making an amazing Christmas dinner can be very stressful. On top of that, buying a large selection of food items for friends and family to enjoy can really wrack up the grocery bill. Having a potluck dinner where everyone brings a different dish for the holiday gathering takes the stress away from preparing the meal as well as disperses the additional cost of food.

Another way to reduce costs during the holidays is with DIY decorating. Update your everyday lamp shades with colorful felt cutouts of snowmen, Christmas trees, or reindeer. Also, make your own front door Christmas wreath by taking a metal hanger and looping various sized ornaments through it. Make sure that your porch lighting is updated so that everyone can appreciate your DIY wreath!

A final way to host friends and family during the holidays without breaking the bank is to set a budget on what you are willing to spend on everyone’s gifts. Knowing what you can afford to spend before you go shopping helps to keep spending under control so that everyone remains stress-free during the holidays. With all the shopping done, you can now

While decorating your home for the holidays, make sure your porch lighting is updated so that guests can enjoy your Christmas decorations. Remember to visit our Christmas Shoppe at our La Grange location for the latest holiday decorations!