With a shaky economy, inflationary concerns, and unpredictable shortages, you might worry you’ll have to skip the New Year’s Party. You don’t want to miss out on looking back with friends and family, and you’re wondering how you’ll swing it on a budget.
The good news is… It’s not impossible.
Make Sure Attendees RSVP
It’s hard to plan if you don’t know who’s coming. Send out your invites early and make sure your guests RSVP. On a small, strict budget, you don’t want to shell out more than you need. Make RSVPing mandatory so you know how much food and drink you’ll need.
Make It a Potluck or BYOB
You can also minimize food and drink costs by making your party a potluck or BYOB. If you’re afraid of seeming stingy or lazy, you can still prepare something to eat and drink, but having your guests bring their own will cut costs.
Skip Expensive Decorations
Let’s face it: when’s the last time a cute banner enhanced your party experience? As long as you have good food and good friends, you and your guests will have a good time. Cut back your decor or cut it altogether.
Instead focus on making sure your space is clean and accommodates everyone. If you still want some decorations, consider dollar-store options or make your own.
Don’t Shell Out For the Flourishes
Ask yourself: who will really care if you use paper plates and plastic cups? Don’t feel the need to buy all-new cutlery and dishes. Use what you already have or buy disposable alternatives. Do you need a brand-new outfit, or will your Sunday best work fine? Do you need to hire a dog-sitter, or is everyone attending your party a dog person?
Focus on the big picture and pay attention to what’s going to enhance the experience. Anything else is just bells and whistles.
In The End…
Even in uncertain, unprecedented times, you can still ring in the New Year with family and friends. With these tips, you’re sure to have a fun and affordable New Year’s Party.