New Year’s Eve is this weekend, which means it’s time to start planning for celebrations with friends and family if you haven’t already done so. It’s been beyond cold over the past few days, but it’s easy to get those warm, fuzzy feelings when you know you’ll soon be celebrating with many who are back home for the holidays. However, don’t get too overly excited and break your budget in anticipation. I’ve put together some tips on having a successful New Year’s Eve party without putting a dent in your wallet!
Host Later in the Evening
I get very excited to see old friends from high school during the holiday season. Many of us went our separate ways in college, with some of my friends even moving across the country. Like me, you probably want to gather with your friends as soon as possible, but consider hosting your party at a later time. Most of your guests will probably have completed their dinner plans by 8:00 p.m. or so, which means you won’t need to make a big, costly dinner. Not only will you save money on food and drinks, but you’ll save yourself some time and energy as well.
Keep Your Decorations Up
If you haven’t put all of your Christmas decorations away yet, wait a few more days to do so! Rather than buying new decorations for your New Year’s Eve party, repurpose those Christmas lights! Keep them up as a festive backdrop or even consider shaping those holiday lights into a bright “2018” shaped display. And if you do buy new decorations, stick to the Dollar Store and avoid any with the year printed on it. You’ll want to be able to stretch your dollar and recycle them for any New Year’s Eve parties you have in the future.
Hosting a New Year’s Eve party can be stressful and expensive, and even more so when you’re planning last-minute. So when your guests offer to help or contribute, accept! Let your friends and family help decorate or put together some appetizers. The party will no longer be limited by your budget alone, and opens up opportunities for more fun and festivities!
What tips do you have for hosting a New Year’s Eve party on a budget? I’d love to know!
Have fun and please be safe, everyone. Let’s kick 2018 off right!