If you just moved in to a new home or are new to your neighborhood, you may not have big plans for tomorrow night. But don't give up hope, there is still time to put together a quick, and affordable get together - make the first New Years in your new home a special one!
With a little planning and creativity, you can throw a cheap, awesome end-of-the-year bash that your friends will remember for years.
BE THE HOST
If you've just moved in, or have been in your home for years, you can always host a handful of friends in your place. No need to go out and rent a space for your party. Hosting the gathering at your house or apartment is not only cheap, but also more comfortable for everyone. Granted, if you are super popular and need the extra space, and you are in a climate that allows you to make it an indoor/outdoor party, grab some smores light a fire and make it happen!
COZY, NOT CRAZY
If you’re hosting the party at home, you probably can’t invite all your Facebook friends. But that’s OK. Limit the invite list to a handful of close pals. Having a smaller party means spending less money. More importantly, it gives you the opportunity to actually enjoy the party and connect with all the guests.
Alcohol is one of the biggest expenses for a New Year’s Eve party. You can reduce the cost by asking everyone to bring a favorite cocktail to share. This strategy can also liven up the party by giving guests a variety of new drinks to try.
Also, know in advance how everyone plans to get back home safely:
Is public transportation available?
Is someone a designated driver?
Can guests crash at your place for the night?
Don’t wait until 1 a.m. to decide how to handle an obviously impaired guest. Especially with the busiest night of the year for most Uber and Lift drivers.
STOP IT, GET SOME HELP
Even after you suggest that guests bring a cocktail to share, some undoubtedly will ask if there is anything else they can bring. Your answer to this question should be simple: “Yes!”Have a list of items ready and mention a few suggestions with various price points, such as noise-makers from the dollar store or an appetizer. Then, let the guests decide which to bring.
LEVERAGE THE GOOD OL' DOLLAR STORE
If you go shopping, don’t forget that the dollar store is your best friend. You can get paper plates and cups for cheap. Plus, your local store likely has all the decorations, noisemakers and party favors you need.Tip
DON'T MAKE TOO MUCH FOOD
Since New Year’s Eve parties tend to start later, skip the big meal. Your guests probably will eat dinner before arriving at your place.Instead of a big spread, make some easy appetizers, such as meatballs in the slow cooker and a few simple desserts. A cheese-and-cracker tray can also be an inexpensive way to feed guests if you buy chunk cheese and slice it yourself. And pizza is always popular.
PLAN FOR MIDNIGHT
Finally, the highlight of the night is when the clock strikes midnight. Figure out in advance how you want to mark the moment. Will you turn on the TV and watch the Times Square ball drop? Will you lead your own countdown? Make sure you have the traditional song “Auld Lang Syne” ready to play as you ring in the new year.
Or skip it... if you've got a new place, and just want to unwind and enjoy the free day off on January 1st, do it. If you are in the process of moving, don't forget to call Direct Home Connect. We can relocate your home services, and activate all of your utilities in your new home.