It is almost time to bring in the New Year. With 2017 slowly approaching us from behind like a killer in a horror movie, ready to take us out of the misery 2016 has given us, it is time to throw a party. Ending the holiday season should always end with a bang, but when you don’t have time or money it can be hard. But don’t fret, I am providing you all with a few ways to throw a great New Years Eve party on a budget.
Food: Fast, cheap, and little to no work food options for your party.
- Red Lobster Biscuits: Red Lobster biscuits are an easy way to get delicious rolls fast and cheaply. You can order them for pick-up; a dozen for about $4.
- Meat and Cheese Platter: This is a bit basic, however it is great finger food that can be bought anytime at any grocery store.
- Spring Rolls: Ordering spring rolls is simple and almost always ready to go. They also only cost about two to three dollars for two egg rolls.
- Store Bought Cupcakes: While you are picking up your meat and cheese plater also grab a few premade cupcakes from the bakery. You can spice these up and make them more festive by covering them in sliver, white or gold sprinkles.
Drinks: Festive ways to get people drunk… Or not.
- BYOB: Alcohol is expensive. So, asking people to bring their own drinks or drinks they wouldn’t mind sharing is not rude, it’s financially smart!
- Raspberry Champagne: If you have the extra cash left over from the food, buy a few cheap bottles of champagne and raspberries. Putting raspberries into champagne is mostly about the look, it’s pretty and fancy as F*#k!
- Mini Soda: For the people that don’t want to drink or are too young, getting caned soda is a great way to save on cups and are usually included in a buy 3 for $5 deal. (Plus, the mini cans are just so cute).
Decorations and Games: After you have your food and drinks ready to go, it’s time to decorate and get games ready.
- 2017 Table Cloth: Use a white paper table cloth (purchased at the dollar store) and write 2017 all over it in different colored permanent marker. This is a way to add cute detail to something plan and it save money on having to buy the plastic table confetti bags.
- Balloons: This decoration may take some time, but covering the floor in white, silver or even colorful balloons adds a different element and distracts the eye from what isn’t on the walls.
- Fishbowl Goals: A fun and different game to play, is to have everyone write down goals from the new year and place them into a large bowl. Then have everyone go around the room, draw a random goal and guess who it belongs too. If the person guesses who the goal belongs to correctly, they get to keep the paper as a point, and draw again.
- Balloon Volley Ball: Since you have already purchased the balloons for decoration, give them a second purpose by having teams try to keep them off the ground not using their hands. This can get a little crazy after a few raspberry champagne glasses, so be careful.
- TV: Another way to keep the festivities alive throughout the night is to have the TV on in the background. It’s always nice to keep updated on where the ball drop count down is. ( Turn on NBC or ABC for good coverage).
Don’t Forget: Here are few things you should keep in mind.
- What to Wear: It is always festive to wear sequins and sparkly outfits, but this year try wearing green. Although it can represent greed and jealousy, it also represents new beginnings.
- Cups: The best cups to choose for your party are the short clear plastic cups. They are fancy but not as pricey as plastic champagne glasses.
- Sparklers and Poppers: Ringing in the new year is not complete without sparklers and confetti poppers. So spend the few extra dollars for the festivities.