How to host an affordable holiday party (even though you’re broke)

How to host an affordable holiday party (even though you're broke)

We’re all broke. Whether you’re paying off student loans, juggling a crowd of kids, or a new homeowner (*raises hand*), there are plenty of reasons for twenty- and thirty-somethings to be cash-strapped. Now that the holidays are here we’d love to host a get-together or two, but who has the money for food, decor and entertainment when we’re swamped with tuition, bills, and unexpected expenses?

Luckily, you can still host an affordable holiday party even though you’re not overflowing with funds. Here are four tips to help you plan a fun evening without spending a ton of cash.

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Halloween nail giveaway!

Halloween nail goodiesHappy hump day everybody! I’m excited for Halloween being just around the corner, so I wanted to share a flash giveaway with you guys. This will only be open through Saturday, so get your entries in now! One reader will get the Halloween nail goodies pictured above, with polish, stickers, and glue-on nails to choose from to complete your Halloween look. U.S. readers only. Good luck!

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Six tips to make party planning less stressful

(Disclosure: this post was created in collaboration with Paperless Post; all opinions are my own.)

Take the stress out of party planning (and save more time for the main event) with these six tips to keep you organized and on time, from the first invite to the final thank-you note.

I don’t know why, but there’s just something about the holiday season that suddenly makes me want to entertain. Maybe it’s the Pinterest-worthy decor ideas I find online, or the drool-worthy themed menus in my favorite magazines. Whatever it is, I’ve suddenly got the urge to celebrate, and I know I’m not the only one, which means it’s time to start planning! After all, it’s nearly October! (I know, I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by, either!)

As much as we all love browsing ideas online and Pinning our perfect parties, if you’ve ever played hostess IRL, then you know a perfect party takes more than a great slow-cooker cider recipe and some hand-painted pumpkins. It takes planning! From managing your invite list to post-party thank you notes, a little organization goes a long way to ensuring your fete goes off without a hitch. Here are six tips to take the stress out of party planning and let you enjoy the event itself. Read More

Holiday card deals from Tiny Prints

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Can you believe the holiday season is underway already?! Neither can I! With just seven short weeks left until Christmas, it’s time to start thinking about ordering holiday items so you’re not waiting on the post office—either for a last-minute delivery, or in a long line at the counter for last-minute shipping! I’ve made the mistake in years past of waiting until the eleventh hour to send out my cards and packages and I do not intend to repeat that mistake this year!

If you’re planning to order cards, personalized stationery, or other personalized gift items this holiday season, now is the time to do so. To help with your list, Tiny Prints has a whole basketful of great deals launching throughout the month of November! Whether you need party invitations, holiday photo cards, or a personalized photo gift, you’ll want to take advantage of these deals. As always some exclusions apply, so be sure to check the Tiny Prints website for full details!

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Ten drugstore beauty gifts for Mother’s Day (under $10!)

One of my favorite things to do for a gift is fill up a bag or basket with pampering beauty goodies like face masques, bath salts, and other treats. This is a great idea for Mother’s Day and since everything I’ve picked out is available at drugstores or mass retailers like Target, this is a great last-minute gift idea as well. Take a look at these ten drugstore beauty gifts for Mother’s Day (under $10!) and tell me: what’s your favorite pampering product?

Check out these ten drugstore beauty gifts for Mother's Day (under $10!) and fill up a pampering basket for mom!

 

Dr. Teal’s Epsom bath salt, $5.99; Acure Lemongrass body lotion, $9.99; 7th Heaven chocolate mud masque, $1.50; Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange mini body butter, $6; Flower Beauty Cherished roll-on perfume, $9.97; Milani nail lacquer in Corrupted Coral, $3.99; Tree Hut Italian Mocha sugar scrub, $6.48; Organix Moroccan Argan Creme shampoo and conditioner, $5.79 each.

(If you really want to make mom’s day, I suggest pairing some of these treats with a pint of the new vegan Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Have you tried it? I love the coffee caramel fudge flavor!)