The holiday season is not over once Christmas ends. New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect and celebrate. Though you may be in the mood for a party, your wallet may not be! Fortunately, there are ways to stick within the budget while playing the perfect party host.
Step 1: Drinks are important for this celebration but they are often the most expensive item. Save money by purchasing in bulk, like buying a keg of beer and boxes of wine. You can also find cleanskin wines, those that do not include labels, which are the unwanted or excess stock from various wineries. Also, shop at discount liquor stores to save money on bottles of alcohol.
Step 2: Food is another hefty expense and it gets more expensive as the guest list grows. Consider having a potluck-style festivity where guests each bring an item. You can also have the party after dinnertime and serve only hors d’oeuvres, but make sure to inform your guests so they eat dinner before they arrive. Appetizers like chips, dip, fruit trays, and veggie trays are often cheaper but just as filling.
Step 3: Decorate in style by dimming the lights and using a few candles. Use Christmas ornaments to decorate the area, placing them in bowls or glass vases. String lights on the mantle and over doorways. Spray paint pinecones silver or gold and add some glitter. Purchase inexpensive hats and noisemakers from the dollar store.
Step 4: Get out the party music CDs or download some music online. It’s a more inexpensive option than having a DJ and guests will have just as much fun.
Step 5: Dress up the event by having everyone wear a dress, skirt, or suit. This will lend a more sophisticated atmosphere to the party without you having to do anything.