It’s time to ring in the New Year, and there’s no better way to do it than with a New Year’s Eve party. But after all the holiday shopping, traveling and get-togethers, money can be pretty tight.
So how do you throw an awesome New Year’s Eve party on a small budget? The Zing Blog has a few tips for you. From planning to party night, we’ll help you stay within your budget and still impress your loved ones.
Sure, you could go to the store, buy a pack of invites, pay for postage and mail them out, or you could use an online invite! Those store-bought invites can get really expensive, and making your own isn’t much cheaper.
Try using an online invitation service like Evite. You can design and customize your own invite for free and email it to your guests.
Want something even simpler that’s still free? Create an event on Facebook and invite all your friends! I’ll admit it’s not as glamorous, but it’s simple and convenient. Plus, your guests will get a reminder from Facebook, making it easier for them, too!
Food and Drinks
Scanning recipes can give you dreams of countless appetizers, dips, desserts and drinks flowing all night. While that sounds great, food and drinks can get pricey.
Remember that you don’t have to provide dinner, but you should have snacks for guests to munch on. You don’t have to go fancy, either; pick two or three salads or appetizers and stick with that.
For the desserts, keep it simple. Cupcakes, brownies, cookies . . . set out things your guests can walk around and eat. Want to jazz up your desserts? Add a bit of sparkle with edible glitter.
As for drinks, if you plan on serving alcohol, you can cut costs by making punch or serving mixed drinks. Don’t pour straight champagne for your guests to toast with until midnight.
You want your place to look festive when ringing in the New Year, but all of those glitzy decorations can be a huge cost factor in your party budget.
Want to grab some inexpensive decorations to make your party stand out? Stop by the dollar store and raid their New Years section. You might have to be picky but you can find some great deals! Another good place to shop is the Christmas clearance section at your favorite store. Pick up some snazzy, non-descript holiday pieces for cheap!
Have some leftover Christmas trimmings you can use? Use tinsel, toothpicks and wooden drink stirrers as sparkly toppers for desserts and drinks. How cute!
The most important thing to remember is to set your budget and stick to it.
Do you have other tips and tricks for planning an inexpensive New Year’s Eve party? We’d love to hear them. Let us know in the comments below.