Money is tight for everyone, but it is time to throw the annual company Christmas party. Buying a bunch of party favors and decorations can hit the budget pretty hard, but we have a few ideas that will enable you to hold your party and not break the bank.
1. Check around the office and at home for any leftover decorations from last year that you can recycle. Wreaths, lights, even that old dusty Santa can be dug out and cleaned up. Decorations can add up rather quickly, so anything that can be re circulated is a huge money saver.
2. Shop at local dollar stores and thrift shops. These are great places to find items for your door prizes, especially the thrift stores. These little gems will have items that are priced well below market value and there are always a few diamonds in the rough to be found.
3. Talk to your vendors. Most vendors expect to be hit up during the Christmas season; it is the price of doing business. Talk to your paper goods supplier about providing cups, napkins, and cutlery sets. You can create some good will with other local businesses by working in trade. For instance, free marketing for a month for a local restaurant that is willing to donate the food for the party.
4. It might sound a bit cheap, but in the worst-case scenario, have the staff pitch in. However, instead of making it look as though are trying to get out of paying for the party, create a theme that will inspire them to participate. For instance, have the business handle the decorations, but ask each staff member to bring a food item that is relevant to their heritage. Call it “Christmas Around the World.”
When money is tight, you need to be creative in order to keep your costs down. If the business is struggling, your employees are probably more than aware the that there will be no extravagant party. However, just having the party will be good for morale and get everyone into the Christmas spirit.
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