Have you ever been selected by your friends to be the one to throw a big party? But – your parents don’t want to fund it? What can you possibly do? You can throw a fabulous party on a shoestring budget.
Start out with utensils, plates, and cups. If you don’t want to use the ones you already own or check out this cute collection at Target that has plates, cups, straws, and napkins, and these matching gold utensils. The Dollar Tree has glassware and plastic ware all the time, and everything is always a dollar.
Make sure you know the times your party will begin and end. If your friends can’t drive, their parents will need to know that they’re staying with you, or when to pick them up. Keep in mind a New Year’s Eve party will probably end at least after midnight.
Snacks are a must during the night, so check into buying some pretzels. A pound should last all night, especially if you have other snacks, like popcorn (which is cheaper to pop yourself), cookies, make some macaroni and cheese, and some other foods that are warm and easy to sit down and eat. During all the festivities, you’ll get bored of standing around and eating snacks. Look into some cheap, portable foods like pizza or pizza pockets people can eat while still mingling.
Some other easy foods to make are crescent rolls with cream cheese and any topping rolled inside. This is an easy recipe, that calls for craisins as the filling. My family makes them as a Christmas and Thanksgiving treat, but they’re perfect for any occasion.
Ask your friends to bring their favorite drinks! It’s hard to please everyone, so if they’re supplying what they like, you won’t run out of drinks or have someone stuck with nothing they like!
If you don’t have a speaker, ask a friend to bring one. Music makes a party enjoyable, because there’s never an awkward lull. You can always dance or have a sing along while you’re at it. This is a reasonably priced, quality speaker if your friends don’t have one to borrow.
Check out the party decorations at Target and the Dollar Tree. If you use Christmas lights, leave those up for the party. Snag some paper lanterns and give the room a pretty, glowy feel.
The last important thing to have is a TV. At midnight, you have to watch the ball drop in Times Square. It’s not right to ring in the new year without watching the ball drop.
Have a happy new year, and a great time at your party!