If this year's Black Friday sales weren't enough to get Americans optimistic about the financial state of our country, those who belong to the nine-to-five sector have something else to look forward to this year.
According to a Challenger, Gray & Christmas survey, 64 percent of companies are hosting holiday parties this year, up 2 percent since last year. Four percent of those throwing a bash are making a comeback after having to cancel previous festivities due to the recession.
Still, most companies are still operating on just as tight of a budget as they were last year, with 76 percent of party-goers spending the same and only 6 percent spending more.
For those with limited budgets, keeping the costs low and the spirits high will be simple, thanks to the wide variety of quality and low-cost decorations and party supplies at hand. Co-workers will most likely go crazy for mini holiday brownie pops and holly berry dipped fortune cookies, which shouldn't cost more than a couple dollars each.