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10 Tips for Throwing a Last-Minute New Year's Eve Party on the Cheap

Posted by on Dec. 31, 2014 at 12:04 PM
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10 Tips for Throwing a Last-Minute New Year's Eve Party on the Cheap

new year's eveEveryone wants to ring in 2015 in style, but no one wants to break the bank on a fancy party guests won't even remember by Valentine's Day (thanks to all those powerful and pricey cocktails you served, of course!). 

So this year, even if one of your New Year's resolutions isn't to stay within a budget, consider some ways to cut costs and still have an amazing, last-minute bash!

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Check out these 10 smart ways to save on a fantastic fete.

Send Paperless Invitations

Rather than opt for formal invitations, go paperless! Options like Evite, Paperless Post, and even Facebook make it incredibly easy to get the word out about your party without spending any cash.

Keep It Small

Just because you're throwing a party, you're not obligated to invite every Facebook friend you have. Chances are you'll have a better time with 6 guests rather than 60, because you'll actually have time to visit with all of them without panicking that you're running out of food and drinks. 

Skip the Paper Products

Pass on purchasing paper products this year and use whatever you've got on hand. Even if they don't match, don't worry! Mixing different prints and patterns lends a festive and trendy air to the party. You could also make your own wine charms to attach to the stem of glasses so guests can easily keep track of their drinks.

BYO ... A or B

Want to cut costs on food and beverages? Ask guests to bring their own appetizer or favorite cocktail. This is also a great conversation starter, as attendees share their not-so-secret recipes!

Make Your Own Decorations

Making your own New Year's Eve decorations is easier than you think. From filling balloons with glitter to creating your own party hats, you'll impress your guests without emptying your wallet.  

Serve a Simple, Show-Stopping Dessert Guests Will Remember

End the night with a sweet treat that'll wow your guests without setting you back financially. One example: Fondue, which was so popular in the 1960s, has made a comeback over the past decade, and it's no wonder. It's easy to make, inexpensive, and super-fun. To create a dessert that'll provide a sweet ending to your party, whip up some chocolate fondue, and serve it with strawberries or squares of store-bought angel food cake. Yum!

Start on the Late Side

The real action on New Year's Eve happens at midnight, so there's no need to feel compelled to start the party at 6 p.m. A later start time, such as 8 or 8:30 p.m., means guests have already had dinner, so you can serve up some light fare and desserts -- much easier on your kitchen and your budget!

Set Up Your Own Photo Booth

An upbeat backdrop and a few fun props, found at your local dollar store, are all it takes to create your own photo booth, according to Mary From A Fab Life. Your friends will have a blast striking a pose as they prep for 2015!

Dress Casual

Sure, it's New Year's Eve, but if you're among friends, they're not going to care if you're wearing jeans rather than a brand-new frock. Plus, wouldn't you rather be comfortable than all dressed up? Ditch the heels and the last-minute shopping!

Make Fun Favors

No one expects a favor at a New Year's Eve party, which is why it's that much more fun if you can come up with one on the cheap! For instance, print these labels, the brainchild of Infarrantly Creative, and slap them on your favorite flavor mint. If they're preparing to pucker up for a midnight kiss, guests will appreciate having these festive mints as a party favor. 

How do you keep costs to a minimum when hosting a party?

Which of these tips could you use for any party?

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