NYE on a Budget

So, your apartment is already decorated for Christmas, and you’ve been enjoying the holiday treats and nonstop Santa movies, but now it’s time to start thinking about what happens after the tree comes down.

Is there a New Year’s Eve party on your agenda?

Would you like to host one, but you don’t think you’ve got the dough?

Check out these tips for cheap NYE party ideas:

Simple, Elegant Decor

gold tacks

Gold tacks on black foam board makes for a fabulous decorative party element. Spelling out “NYE” would be the easiest, most relevant choice for this project.


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Large rolls of Kraft paper would be perfect for this project. Roll some out and attach it to the wall, then allow your guests to share what they hope to accomplish in the upcoming year. This is just one more way to get your guests talking and interacting with each other.




This idea, from the Wedding Chicks, was originally used for a wedding, but it can easily be adapted for a NYE party. Featuring photos of your guests or world events from the past year will definitely make for great conversation.



Cheap, Delicious Bubbly

  • Everybody knows that the best drink for a NYE party is champagne. Check out this article to find the best cheap champagne according to International Business Times.
  • If your party is going to be a little more PG, or if you just don’t like champagne, these cotton candy sparkly drinks are ultra festive and easy on our wallet.

Easy, Entertaining Activities

  • To keep the party alive, create a list of activities and wrap them up in festive packaging. Open one activity box each hour so your guests are always being approached with new entertainment ideas.

Activity Ideas Include:

  1. Board Games
  2. DVDs
  3. Charades
  4. Minute to Win It games
  5. Photobooth Props
  • Although the midnight kiss is the most common activity when the clock strikes 12, your guests will want to celebrate as soon as that’s over. Provide noise makers, sparklers or confetti to make the moment as festive as possible.

All in all, planning a party for any occasion can get really expensive really quickly. Just budget yourself and stick to cheap simple ideas like the ones I’ve shown here, and you’ll do fine. Your guests are coming for the company, anyway. As long as you’ve got something festive around the house, your efforts will be appreciated.

Do you have any other ideas for cheap ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve?

Tell me about them. I love comments.


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