If you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party this year, it’s only natural that you worry about the cost. With it coming hot on the heels of Christmas (often the most expensive time of the year), how do you wow your New Year’s Eve guests if you are putting together a party on a budget? Here, we take a look at a few tips to help you achieve this, ensuring your guests have a great time brining in 2019!
Utilise the Décor You Have Available
There are so many everyday items, and normally mundane features in your house that can be repurposed for use during a party. They can be used to create a focal point for the party (a simple wooden block can be used to place the main food for the party and become a centrepiece). Use festive decorations in a new way, so pinecones and Christmas baubles can be placed inside vases for a new aesthetic.
Games and Entertainment
A New Year’s Eve party is quite often deemed a success by the types of entertainment on offer, but it doesn’t have to cost you the earth to be entertaining. Old board games that you already own are always a great place to start, or even pick them up cheaply on Amazon, but simple games such as charades bring a lot of fun for everyone and only require a pen and paper to play. There are also tons of card games you can play with a deck of cards!
Food and Drink
Here’s where a lot of the budget for a New Year’s Eve part can be wasted. In the build up to Christmas keep an eye on discounts and sale items in your local supermarket, as well as places where you can buy in bulk. Try to keep your New Year and Christmas goods separate so that you have plenty of food and drink ready in advance. A bring your own booze policy is acceptable, as long as you, as the host, provide the mixers and a selection of non-alcoholic drinks alongside it. Simple snacks to cater for the entire evening are welcome, whilst a centrepiece main meal could do the job, something easy that can be slow cooked and cater for a large group of people, such as a chilli, a Bolognese or lasagne.
Homemade Crafts and Drinks
As part of the decorations, there is a chance to get everyone involved. If you have children, perhaps ask them to come up with ideas for crafty items that can be used for decoration. You could kill two birds with one stone when it comes to the drinks on offer and the competitive nature of having friends round to play games and party – ask your guests to come up with their own cocktail concoctions, with prizes for the tastiest drink and funniest beverage name.
Soundtrack of the Night
The easiest way to get the party started on a budget is to take some time out to create the perfect playlist for the evening. Put together some of your favourite tracks of the year, songs that you know everyone in the group loves, and those stone cold classics that are guaranteed to get everyone moving on the makeshift dance floor in the living room!
‘Wow’-ing your guests at New Year doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With a little heart, some craftiness and an eye on the sales you can ensure everyone has a fantastic night celebrating 2018 and the year ahead in 2019.