By Chris Dato • December 18, 2014
All year we look forward to New Year’s Eve parties. However, after maxing out all of your credit cards on gifts for Christmas, you are probably a little tight on funds. Lucky for you, having a New Year’s Eve you won’t forget (or won’t remember) doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are some suggestions for how to bring in the New Year the right way, and for the right price.
If you are looking for ways to do New Year’s Eve on a budget, consider hosting a party at your place. Although it may require a little clean up the next morning, there are a lot of advantages to celebrating the New Year at home. The most obvious upside is that you will not have to worry about driving home, which means you are free to indulge as much as you’d like on the last night of the year. This is especially beneficial for celebrations like New Years, when drinking is as integral to the celebration as turkey at Thanksgiving.
Decorating your place for the get together may be more affordable than you think, as well. Start by checking out these tricks for getting your house holiday ready on a budget. However, once you have done all the decorating you can without opening your wallet, you may still be missing that piece that sets your party apart. That is where ShindigZ has you covered. With over 36,000 themed party decorations for the guaranteed lowest price, they are sure to have just what you need, like this room transforming 4’ by 20’ New York Cityscape Plastic Wall Covering for just $19.99!
Don’t be afraid to ask guests not to come empty handed, either. Most people show up to a party with a gift anyway, so why not encourage everyone to bring a dessert or a bottle of their favorite alcohol?
While a get together with close friends to welcome the New Year sounds great to some, others prefer something a little grander. If this is the case for you, then they key is location. Time Square in New York City is famous for its massive New Year’s celebration, which caps off with a televised ball drop at midnight. Las Vegas also has a huge street party, which is an experience that is truly unlike anything you have ever experienced before. Both of these events are free to attend and are always crowded to say the least. If you are lucky enough to live in either of these cities, than you are certainly already aware of these chaotic celebrations. But if you don’t, why not use the time off during the winter vacation to get a few friends together and plan a road trip? Nothing says New Years like a new city and new people.
Do keep in mind that these parties are crazy to say the least, so it will be standing room only. Also, take the necessary precautions to stay safe, like staying in a group and not carrying too much cash. Especially if you are going to be drinking!
Where you spend your New Year’s Eve is much less important than who you spend it with. Whether you are looking for a quiet, classy affair, or something a little more reckless, be sure to do something to celebrate the coming of the new year. The fact is that you have been working hard all year for this, and you have earned a little celebration. So don’t worry about starting your resolution just yet, just throw on that Prince record and party all the way to next year!
Chris Dato A Southern California kid born and raised, Chris is happiest with sunglasses on his face and sand under his back. Although a self-proclaimed master money saver, he prefers the term 'responsibly frugal' to 'cheap.'