One of the best things about the holidays is having two parties a week apart from each other — the worst part?
You just spent all of your money on holiday celebrations and left no wiggle room for New Year’s Eve.
I’m here to help. Since being thrifty is my thing, it is absurd for me to spend a large amount of money on this celebration. Here are the top ten things you can do to throw a New Year’s Eve Party on a Budget:
- BYOB – this may be common sense for most, but there are still people out there (really really nice people) who allow their guests to drink on their dime. But us? We’re lacking in the fund department, so get people to bring their own!
- Buy wine – because who doesn’t appreciate wine? Your party will still be less expensive and you won’t come off as “cheap” to your friends.
- Bake – buying store bought snacks and desserts can get expensive. Rock your best recipes (or find some online) and impress everyone!
- Potluck – having friends and family bring snacks and deserts takes the load off of your shoulders and everyone will be pleased with the food selection.
- Candles – make your place more homey and smell great with candles. Your guests will think they are at a fancy dinner party!
- Sparklers – people love sparklers at any age, so hand them out during the night and have them ready to go off after midnight.
- Games – hosts know how difficult it is sometimes to get a house full of different types of people entertained at all times. This is where games come into play. My favourite? Charades!
- Music – have a mix of the greatest hits of all time. There’s nothing better than a little music nostalgia as we roll over into the new year.
- Decorating – most of us still have our holiday decorations up by New Year’s. There’s nothing easier than leaving those decorations up and having a festive party as well!
- Have fun – this may sound simple, but throwing a party can be stressful sometimes. As long as you are having fun, everyone else will have fun! Surrounding yourself with friends and family…priceless!
Happy New Year’s Snobs! Keep it thrifty.