Tips for hosting a New Years Eve party on a budget
by Melissa Brodsky
You’re hosting a New Years Eve bash. You want it to be memorable and the talk of the town but you’re worried your budget won’t allow you the luxury of hostessing THE party of the year.
No worries, you don’t have to drain your bank accounts or max out your credit cards in order to create the perfect Wow-effect New Years Eve bash. We have budget friendly tips for you to put together that New Years celebration you dreamed about. It’ll be our little secret that it didn’t cost a fortune!
Decorations: No reason to go overboard, low key is less expensive and just as appreciated. Light candles, they create and intimate and festive ambience. Choose a single color scheme and purchase candle and flowers within the range. Use objects found around your house as centerpieces. Candle holders, vases, bowls…dust them off and show them off!
Drinks: Serve only wine and beer. Stores like Trader Joes, Sam’s Club and Costco have a huge selection of both and at reasonable prices. Create a signature punch or use an online recipe like the ones found on Martha Stewarts website. Figure that on New Years Eve, guests will indulge in a minimum of 2 drinks per person.
Food: Have a pot-luck. Assign each guest a particular course. Another inexpensive way is to have all finger food/appetizer type dishes. Handmade is much less expensive than buying pre-made. So, whatever desserts and foods are in your repertoire that are appropriate for your celebration, make them to save AND impress!
Entertainment: You gotta love iPods! Create a playlist, load up the MP3 player, hook it up to the speakers and viola, you have your musical guest!
Fun New Years Eve Fact: In Spain, when the clock hits twelve, it’s custom to eat 12 grapes. Serve grapes at midnight with a glass of champagne!
In the Netherlands, they bring in the New Year with a bang. Fireworks! If you have any left over from July 4th, New Years Eve is a great time to use them up!
In Greece, a silver or gold coin is baked into the middle of a cake. Make cupcakes and put a coin in the middle of each one.
In Japan, they decorate their homes with bamboo for prosperity, pine branches for longevity, and plum blossoms for nobility.
For fun NYE hats, glasses and decorations, Party City is the place to go!