After the holiday shopping and meal preparation, the budget for a New Year’s Eve party may be very small. Not to worry, because there are ways to celebrate 2012 on a shoestring. Follow these tips to welcome the new year in with flair without overusing credit cards. The celebration should be about fun with friends, not how expensive the food and decorations are.
Step 1: Serve appetizers rather than a full meal, allowing guests to serve themselves from a buffet table. Purchase meatballs, chicken wings, nuts, cheese, and crackers from a bulk store in order to save money. Prepare several different dipping sauces for the wings and meatballs so guests can choose what they like. Save more money by making your own trail mix and spiced nuts rather than buying premade versions.
Step 2: Look at the holiday decorations and think about what can be repurposed. For example, pinecones, white ball ornaments, fake snow, and a white or blue bow can be used to create a beautiful wreath. Fill assorted sized stemware with white glitter, insert a votive candle in each glass, and group the glasses together on a silver or gold charger plate to create a centerpiece.
Step 3: Create a 2012 wish tree that guests help decorate. Fill a tall class cylinder with pinecones and place some branches in the top so they jut out in the shape of a tree. Hang tinsel or winter-themed ornaments from some of the branches. Cut out small tags from white card stock, punch a hole in them, and attach a loop of clear fishing line to each. Hand guests a tag and a marker and have them write one New Year’s resolution on the tag, then hang it from a limb on the wish tree.
Step 4: Rather than having a cleaning service get the house into shape before the party, clean it yourself, enlisting the help of family members. Children make excellent helpers and if you cannot get them to clean, have them help with decorating.