To a lot of people, Easter doesn’t seem like a very expensive holiday: stop in at church in the morning, put together an egg hunt for the kids, followed by a nice ham dinner with friends and family. But if you’re the one in charge of putting all of it together, the cost can add up quickly. Between eggs, baskets, candy, decorations and costumes, you’re looking at a fair amount of cash vanishing down a proverbial rabbit hole.
So what do you do if you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg throwing the perfect Easter party? Do you go the cheap route? Maybe take out a title loan? No, not at all. It just means that, just like with many other holidays, you’ll have to be resourceful about how and where you spend your money. Below we’ve gathered a few of our favorite ways of doing just that.
When you’re a kid, there really nothing more important or exciting at Easter than the egg hunt. The reason? Free candy, of course! But just because it’s their favorite part of the holiday, doesn’t mean you have to blow your budget when it comes to candy.
So how do you keep costs down? There’s a couple of ways, but the most effective is to opt for off-brand candy or shop at a dollar store instead of buying brand name candy at the grocery store. Most kids can’t tell the difference, but your wallet sure will. Another option is to ask every parent bringing a child to your party to bring a bag of candy to contribute to the egg hunt to minimize the financial burden.
Like with the candy for the egg hunt, there’s no reason you should have to shoulder the entire burden of the party’s food bill alone. To spread out the cost more equitably, request that each of your guests bring a dish for Easter dinner. If your celebration is a bit more casual, have your guests each bring a snack or beverage. Hosting a party is already stressful enough without having to worry about shouldering the food costs alone, and most people are more than happy to pitch in.
Decorating for Easter is fundamentally different than with Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween. That is because Easter decorations generally aren’t out for more than a few days, while the other “Big Three” have seasons that last up to a month or more. This means all those stuffed rabbits and painted eggs are comparatively much more expensive considering the amount of use you will get out of them.
So since you’ll only be using your Easter decorations for about one weekend a year, don’t invest a lot of money in them. Instead, head to your local dollar store or craft warehouse for some pastel paper, ribbons, and googly eyes and organize a family craft afternoon to make your own. You’ll be amazed at how many imaginative and whimsical DIY decorations you can find on sites like Pinterest, and just think of the money you will save.