New Years is approaching quickly and that means big parties and celebrating the New Year with all of your friends, family, and loved ones. Bringing in the new year means welcoming new opportunities and a second chance to start over and achieve your goals. Ultimately, many people like to take the new year and become better versions of ourselves. Whether it be a new diet, a new exercise routine, or an attempt at quitting a bad habit—the opportunities are truly endless. Here’s how to plan an effective, fun, and entertaining New Years party that will reflect new beginnings and second chances.
Tips for Planning New Year’s Festivities
Pulling off a successful New Years party does not have to be a painful experience that breaks the bank. In fact, planning your end of the year blowout can be a fun and affordable process that will more than prepare you for this year’s shenanigans. Let’s look at some helpful tips on how to plan your party.
Plan a BYOA party
Many people are familiar with the age-old bring your own bottle or BYOB way of partying, however, a BYOA or bring your own appetizer party could be highly successful. Not only will it save you money, but it will also save you the time you most likely would have spent planning which foods to serve. Give your friends and family a call or include BYOA information in your invites. Now you will have more time and money to focus on other aspects of your event.
Consider serving Champagne sangria for the midnight toast
It is, of course, traditional for a Champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight, signaling the new year. However, investing in Champagne for the entire party can end up costing you a pretty penny. In order to combat absurd alcohol prices, consider a Champagne sangria as an alternative toast option. For an easy Champagne sangria, follow the recipe below.
- Chill all ingredients
- Combine one 32-ounce bottle of apple juice with a cup of orange juice, and a 12-ounce can of cranberry concentrate and mix well
- Mix in the fruit of your choosing
- Slowly mix in your Champagne right before the party to make it bubbly and voila! You have delicious Champagne sangria
Host a midnight dinner
One of the easier ways to save money on food costs is by hosting a midnight baked potato bar. Simply place your potatoes in the oven on 400-degrees at about 10:30 pm. Check them in an hour and they should be done. Set out as many ingredients as you desire. At the end of the party, serve a simple cake and coffee for the drive home. This menu will only set you back about $2 per person.
Request that your guests bring an unusual noisemaker
One fun activity you can host is the craziest noisemaker contest. Enlist each guest to bring a random noisemaker and take video during the game. Take an overall vote to pick your winner and take photos. Reward the winner with a funny gift such as earmuffs. Then, at midnight, you can have your own noisemaker jamboree.
Ringing in the New Year
With the New Year on the horizon, celebrations are in order. In fact, New Years is one of the best times to throw a big get-together. Luckily for you, you do not have to spend an arm and a leg to throw a successful party. With these tips and tricks, you will both save time and money, leaving more room for celebration and time with friends and family.