New Year’s Eve Bash on a Budget

Don’t let your holiday spending start your New Year in debt.  If you plan ahead, you can easily host an incredible and inexpensive party.

Try these ideas:

  1. Start later. If you start too early, people will expect dinner.  If you start later, then you won’t need to provide a main course.
  2. Have your guests bring food and drinks. If everyone brings their favorite snack and drink to share, then nobody will have to spend too much to feed everyone.
  3. Save the alcohol for midnight. Drinking less is better for your health and your budget, too.
  4. Stick with simple. Don’t buy expensive decorations for your New Year’s Eve party.  Low light, candles, or even Christmas lights can make your party very festive.
  5. Use electronic invitations. These are free, and easy to get to everyone.  Electronic invitations are also much easier to get people to RSVP to than traditional paper ones.
  6. Set up a photo booth. Designate an area with silly hats, glasses, or other costume items you have around the house, and let your guests take pictures.  Digital pictures are free and easy to share with everyone.
  7. Pull out the party games. If you don’t own games, your guests probably do.  Or, check online for ideas for party games you can play with items you already have around the house.  Most adults don’t often get to play games, and they’re fun and inexpensive entertainment.
  8. Make free confetti. Have junk mail lying around the house?  Shred it up for some festive confetti.  If you don’t have a shredder, a neighbor probably has one you can borrow.

It’s easy to throw an unforgettable and affordable New Year’s Eve party.  All you need to do is share the cost around and get creative with items you already have. Don’t let a lack of money keep you from celebrating this New Year.

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