Christmas is almost here, which for all of the party goers out there means it is almost New Year’s Eve and arguably the biggest party night of the year! However, you don’t need to hire Calvin Harris to do the tunes or employ Gordon Ramsay for the canapes to make your party a success. Here are ten top tips for throwing a party on a budget…….
- FOOD – Unless you have specifically said it is a dinner party, you don’t have to feed your guests a full sit-down (and expensive) meal like the above pic! Most of the supermarkets have special offers on nibbles so just cook up a load of those and save your cash! However, if you do want a full meal, go for something you can cook in bulk like a chilli or curry and then just buy nachos or naans.
- DRINK – New Year’s Eve feels like a bubbly night but you don’t need vintage Bollinger to make your party go with a swing! There is always a great Champagne deal to be had but Aldi and Lidl are consistently cheap with Champagne for £12 and £13 and serving Cava or Prosecco is perfectly acceptable and Majestic Wine is great if you are buying by the case
- GLASSES: If you are buying plastic glasses (often the best option if you are worried about cleaning or breakages!) you can get 100 for £1.50 at ASDA with free delivery or free click and collect. Or if you’re looking to hire, Sainsbury’s offer free glass hire but you must give at least 48 hours’ notice and pay a £20 deposit.
- VENUE: If you don’t fancy having a load of people in your own house, then have a look at pubs, bars and restaurants that might let you have a room for free if your guests use their bar. There will probably be a minimum spend but on New Year’s Eve you’ll reach that without much help! However, many places will charge you a ridiculous entrance fee or ticket price so home is probably best!
- MAKE UP: You’ll want to look your best but don’t worry, discount make up sites like Gorgeous Shop and Allbeauty have LOADS of your favourite products discounted by up to 70%. If you are confident enough, you could also try a free make-over at your fave make-up counter in a department store. You only have to buy something if you visit a MAC concession but otherwise it is up to you if you walk away glossy faced and empty handed!!
- THE OUTFIT: I have already gone through my LBD options in a previous blog but don’t forget that you can shwop with your friends and have an outfit exchange for New Year’s Eve. It is amazing how different a dress can look on a friend!
- MUSIC: Seriously, it is not worth splashing out on a DJ or band when a personalised playlist on your iPod will guarantee you get all of your favourite tunes. A free trial of Spotify Premium will give you access to millions of songs so you can create a fab setlist to get everyone dancing!
- INVITES: Don’t bother sending out written invites, sites like evite have free templates you can email which also have an RSVP function and even email and text is acceptable (and free!) these days
- HAGGLE: If you are holding an event in a hotel make sure you ask about a discount on their rooms for your guests or whether you could get a bottle of wine per table thrown in for FREE!
- Although not as chic as bone china, disposable tableware can be a real time saver as you just chuck everything away! However, if you invest in plastic plates, you’ll only spend a couple of quid more than paper but if you can be bothered to wash it all up, you’ll get at least 3 uses out of it hopefully!
Find more tips read my 1 Minute Guide to Throwing a Party HAPPY NEW YEAR!!