10 Frugal Holiday Party Hacks for Small Spaces

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    How to Pull Off a Holiday Party on the Cheap in a Small Space

    Small Space Holiday Entertaining

    Hosting a Christmas or New Year's soiree can get expensive. And if you don't have much square footage, it can also seem like an impossible feat.

    But these 10-holiday party ideas will show you how to pull off a bash in your small space without draining your bank account.

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    Serve Large Batch Cocktails

    West Elm

    You would love to have a party-worthy home bar for your holiday soiree, but it would bust your budget.  

    What to do? Limit your alcohol selection to one or two large batch cocktails or festive party punches. You should also have a few non-alcoholic options on hand, and a bag or two of ice so drinks stay frosty.

    FYI, setting up a self-serve beverage station in your small kitchen will make it a cinch for guests to help themselves in a spot that's easy to wipe clean.

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    Serve Fun Finger Food


    Too much booze and too little eats can be a risky mix at a holiday party. Having plenty of sweet and savory treats on hand will keep the good times flowing. But don't think you have to spend a ton of cash on fancy finger food. Instead, jazz up conventional munchies by mixing them together, for example, add fresh Parmesan cheese to kettle chips, mix salty popcorn with gummy bears,  or spice up your favorite mixed nuts with Sriracha.

    While you could park all of your party snacks in the same...MORE spot, instead place yummies in small bowls throughout your party space. Doing so will encourage your guests to move about and mingle. 

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    Don't Sweat Mismatched Drinking Glasses

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    Urban Outfitters

    Short on cocktail glasses?

    While it may be nice to have several matching sets of cocktails glasses, it's not a big deal if you don't. In fact, mismatched glasses can give a party a relaxed boho vibe. So instead of running out and buying more glasses you'll rarely use, borrow some extras from friends.

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    Fake a Holiday Dessert

    The Cake Girls

    Every holiday party needs a few sweets. This idea by The Cake Girls shows how to convert a cheap store bought loaf cake into a delightful centerpiece for your soiree.

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    Have Plenty of Coasters on Hand


    Cocktail coasters are a must if you want to protect your wood table tops during a cocktail party, but who the heck wants to spend money on them?

    This DIY shows you how to make your own on the cheap and quick using old magazines and a glue stick.

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    Mood Lighting is Essential

    Nothing kills a party like unflattering overhead lights. But you can transform any small space from annoying bright to super cozy with beautiful mood lighting.

    This idea safely creates the ambience you get from lighting tea candles minus the fire hazard they impose. All you need to create are some colorful glass bottles and LED string lights. 

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    Dress Up Your Space With a Frugal Holiday Tree

    Left: Urban Outfitters, Right: Vtwoen

    If you're throwing a small Christmas party, but don't have room for an evergreen, you can steal one of these "wall" tree ideas.

    A Christmas tree wall tapestry, like the one shown on the left, costs around $40. You can also make your own for a lot less using a canvas drop cloth and permanent markers.

    The wall tree on the right is even easier to DIY using washi tape and all the holiday cards you received.

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    Dress Up Your Windows


    If you don't have the wall space to spare for a tree, consider dressing up your windows. To do just hang decorations and string lights off tension curtain rods.

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    A Holiday Party Game

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    Party games make great ice breakers. A crowd favorite is "guess the candy." You can use a broad range of sweets or stick to a theme like chocolate bars or retro confections. You can give candy prizes to guests who guess the candy's name after a blind taste test.

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    Create Places to Sit

    You can whip up more places to sit around your coffee table using floor pillows. The ones shown here were made from old sweaters. Neatly folded blankets and throws can also create comfy and cozy places to sit without spending a dime.