You already know my five tips for saving money on your holiday party drink bill. But because beverages can take up such a large portion of your event budget, I decided to include one more drink-related tip during the 12 Days of Saving Money: get your non-alcoholic drinks included when paying by consumption.
When you expect to have most of your attendees drinking cocktails, beer and wine during your holiday party, negotiate with your venue to have drinks like sodas, water and juices included in the cost of food. They'll likely be willing to throw them in, as it's not a big loss for them. But for you, those otherwise $2 or $3 drinks can really add up from the guests who order them throughout the night.