How to Host a New Year’s Eve Party on a Budget

New Year’s Eve is one of the most exciting nights of the year. The holidays may be over, but it’s time to celebrate the achievements of the past year while looking ahead to the future with friends and family. Many people make the mistake of assuming that a New Year’s Eve party has to cost a fortune, but it’s absolutely possible to host a fun get-together without breaking the bank.

Keep the Food Simple

A party without food is almost unheard of, but there’s no need to go overboard. It is perfectly acceptable to serve finger foods and appetizers at a New Year’s Eve party. Because New Year’s Eve celebrations begin fairly late in the evening, most of your guests have already eaten dinner. If you feel comfortable doing so, you could even ask your guests to bring their favorite dessert to share with the other partygoers.

Full Bar is Not Necessary

An easy way to trim your beverage budget is by only serving one or two signature drinks along with beer, soda, and water. This will cut your alcohol bill considerably. You could also make it a BYOB party and ask guests to bring their own alcohol.

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Skip the Usual Decorations

New Year’s Eve normally conjures images of streamers, balloons, and confetti, but you can decorate your home with things that you already own. Bright tablecloths are an easy way to add color or you can even fold sheets and use them as table runners. Set candles or vases on your end tables, and you are ready to go! Many people still have their Christmas trees up, so the twinkling lights can also add ambiance to the party.

There you have it—easy-to-follow advice that proves you really can host a New Year’s Eve party without spending a lot of money. Your friends and family won’t even notice the difference.­

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