How to Host a Budget New Year's Eve Party

Go ahead – invite friends over to ring in the New Year. You can throw an elegant soiree without spending a fortune.


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You Will Need

  • A limited bar
  • Discounted paper products
  • Dollar-store snacks
  • Inexpensive flowers
  • Tea-light candles


  1. Step 1

    Limit the bar

    Limit the bar to beer, wine, and one signature cocktail. Have just enough champagne for everyone to take a few sips at midnight.

  2. Serve Spanish Cava sparkling wine instead of champagne; it's less expensive, but few will be able to tell the difference.

  3. Step 2

    Use discounted paper products

    Buy holiday-themed paper products after Christmas, when they're steeply discounted. Look for stuff with generic winter themes, instead of Santa or Christmas trees.

  4. Step 3

    Skip the dinner

    Invite guests on the later side so you can serve drinks and snacks instead of a full dinner. Plan munchies around what's available at the dollar store.

  5. Step 4

    Make inexpensive eats look elegant

    Make inexpensive foods look elegant by focusing on presentation. Serve the food on decorative platters or in creative ways.

  6. Step 5

    Buy fresh flowers

    Get several bouquets of an inexpensive flower in one color, and put them in vases around the party area.

  7. Step 6

    Use tea lights

    Buy tea-light candles in bulk and float them in bowls of various shapes and sizes.

  8. Ethiopia follows a Roman-era calendar, which is seven years behind the standard calendar, so they welcomed the year 2000 in 2007.