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Lauren Chapman
Lauren Chapman
Dec 23, 2009

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With the holiday frenzy finally off your back, you find that the New Year is right around the corner. If you are planning to host a New Year’s party this year be sure to keep a budget in mind. Here are some quick and easy tips that will enable you to throw a great New Year’s party without emptying your wallet.

1. Limit the amount of guest attending. It’s simple logic; the more people that are invited, the more food, drinks, and party favors that need to be supplied. Plus you will be able to enjoy your company on a more personal level.

2. Make your own decorations. Get creative! I know it sounds like a lot of work but it may turn out to be a fun project for you and your co-host. You would be surprised with how many things you can make with construction paper: hats, confetti, shapes to hang from the sealing. Confetti is easy to make, use a paper hole puncher and punch out any color you want! You can put the confetti in balloons and pop them at midnight! There are many DIY decoration ideas @ ehow.com (love this site!).

3. Party Favors. Things like noise makers, funny glasses, and candy can be purchased at the Dollar Store or Wal-Mart. You can decorate brown bags with your guest names on them and fill them up with goodies.

4. Food & Drink. When you send out your invitations make sure that you include B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Beer). Request that your company bring one finger food dish as well. That will cut your cost in half right there! Some finger foods that the guests could bring are crackers and cheese, fruit, and little sandwiches. You still will want to have a dish or two of your own but with a little help from your guests it shouldn’t be such an ordeal. A potluck party is always alright, people love to share their family recipes.

When planning your New Year’s party, remember that it’s all about having fun. You don’t need to buy expensive decorations, food, and drinks to celebrate! Keep in mind what the New Year’s party is about; celebrating the start of a New Year with the people who mean most to you!

Feel free to share your tips below and have a Happy New Year!

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