12 Days of Saving Money: Entertainment on a Budget

Wrapped PresentWe're in the final week of the 12 Days of Saving, but I've still got plenty of great tips to give out as a holiday present to you. Today's tip is about the entertainment!

Nothing livens up a party like music, a comedy routine or even Jolly Old St. Nick himself. Normally, planners look to the professionals for event entertainment, but they can be costly and also hard-to-book during the busy holiday season. So why not go for a cheaper, available alternative: local talent.

Ask a church singing group to be carolers that stroll your party venue. Hire a local band to preform Christmas tunes and some other favorites all night. Find some outgoing college kids at home on break who can dress up as Santa or elves to greet and entertain guests; they'll be looking for some extra cash or may even want to get started in the hospitality/event industry.

Some planners may be hesitant to book entertainers with shorter resumes. However, remember that your holiday party is going to be a much better time for a try-and-see risk as opposed to the yearly conference of top clients and executives.

So find a few acts with good references and get started. You'll save lots of money on the entertainment category of your event budget, and you may even find a few keepers for other events throughout the year!
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