We all enjoy spending time with the people we care about, but it can get expensive. Here are some ways you can host friends and family on a budget.

5 ways to host guests on a budget

  1. Host a potluck. This is a great way to save money while still hosting dinner for loved ones. You can even set a theme and make pizzas, ice cream sundaes, or have everyone bring a festive food item. Whether you choose a theme or not, you’re sure to come away with some great recipes.
  2. Game nights. Keep friends and family engaged with fun activities, indoors or outdoors.
    1. Outdoor game night. Backyard games of cornhole, spike ball, soccer, frisbee golf, or even a water balloon fight (depending on the group and season) are great ways to entertain friends and family while keeping costs low.
    2. Board game tournament. Use a couple decks of cards or have guests bring their own board game and host a tournament night with a dollar store prize for the winner!
    3. Classic party games. Have a favourite party game? Sometimes a good old fashion egg and spoon race is all you need to create memories with loved ones.
  3. DIY photo booths. Take random clothing items and props from around the house and set up your own photo booth.
  4. Host a movie night. Have guests bring snacks, dress comfortable and get cozy for a private showing of a favourite movie.
  5. Make a special playlist. The most cost effective and easiest way to spice up any get-together, create a personalized playlist you know people can’t resist dancing to.

Where to learn more

While not specifically about hosting guests, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada has great resources to help you create a budget.

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