- Forgo the main course and opt for finger food instead
- Do the décor
- Drink up
- Co-host the party with a friend
Forgo the main course and opt for finger food instead
Fill up your guest’s platter with appetizers, finger food and bar foods. This way you don’t keep them waiting for the food and each can eat at their own convenience. Chicken wings, tacos, mini burgers, bread sticks with assorted dips, sushi, bruschetta and of course fries of all kinds (you can do a sweet potato version for the healthier folk) among others make apt and reasonable starters and appetizers at such parties.
Do the décor
Party décor is the most consuming aspect of party planning, budget wise. This is when you want to resort to the more natural and cost effective ways to deck up your pad. Use plants, vases and more importantly lamps and candles. Keep it simple but make it all beautiful ten folds with subtle hints of festive fervor. Holiday lights at such times are the most budget friendly and pretty ways to dress up your place.
Alcohol is the worst budget-buster when it comes to throwing a party and if you have friends with different tastes to cater to then all that alcohol can lead you to bankruptcy. The smart thing to do then is to either, serve a signature drink, opt for mocktails or go for a hot drink like an eggnog or mull wine. A more popular way that is now catching on is BYOB i.e. bring your own booze; something that’s very acceptable and won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
The most convenient, reasonable and cheap way to entertain your friends is by downloading a fun app. Let apps like Pandora and iHeartRadio and allow them to play the role of a DJ for you or get Karaoke Tube to get everyone singing and grooving to the New Year.
Co-host the party with a friend
There is nothing like sharing the load when it comes to hosting a lavish New Year party. Co-host the event and make sure you divide the burden in responsibility, creativity and financially. A little planning in advance and you will realise that you have been able to host a much better affair than you could have single handedly.