Spending less on the small details

SPOKANE, Wash. - The holiday party season is coming up, but you don't have to break the bank to throw a nice party.

The key is spending less money on the small details.

You can cut the cost of a party by applying smart shopping strategies to decor, food and drink purchases.

Spending less on the small details

Depending on how formal your party is, consider e-mailing invitations or setting up an event on Facebook.

It's easy and free, but also convenient for guests.

Guests will have a way to talk with you about the party, see who's invited and get all the details about the night.

Do a potluck dinner. As the host, you take care of the main dish, then allow guests to bring side dishes and desserts.

You are not required to provide alcohol for your guests. But if you plan to have alcohol, get a keg, which is cheaper than bottles.

State what you're having in your invitations, and tell guests they are welcome to bring anything else they would like.

A simple color scheme helps you avoid buying extra decorations. Don't cover your whole house with decorations. Focus on your entry way, food table and living room.

If you want to save money, you can as long as you plan on it.

Start figuring out now how much you're willing to spend, what you need and where it's cheapest.