There’s nothing quite like celebrating New Year’s Eve in the comfort of your own home. You’ll find no queues at the bar, you won’t need to worry about expensive taxis and you’ll only have yourself to blame if the music’s too cheesy!
The only downside of hosting a New Year’s Eve party is that it can become expensive… and with the celebration coming so soon after Christmas, the purse-strings are always that little bit tighter. That’s why we’ve pulled together our top 10 tips on how to throw a fab New Year’s Eve party on a budget.
1. Scrap paper invites
Why not welcome in 2016 by embracing modern technology, and send your invites by social media or a group email rather than by post? You’ll save money on the invites and also the stamps. Facebook allows you to monitor the responses, and there’s no better time to check out the Wilko Facebook page while you’re on there!
2. BYO – bring your own!
Ask guests to bring both a bottle and some grub – maybe suggest an appetiser or snacks. This way you’ll have plenty of food without having to spend a fortune and an age in the kitchen. If you’re super organised, you could even set up a spreadsheet so you don’t end up with everyone bringing crisps!
3. Cheaper fizz that’s still the biz!
Rather than champagne, opt for prosecco or cava. They’re often much cheaper, many people prefer them, and others are unlikely to even notice!
4. Stock up on paper and plastic
Paper plates and plastic cups are cheap to buy, and make the big clean-up the next day sooo much easier! Don’t worry if your plates, bowls and cups don’t match, it’ll give a trendy and quirky look. Make sure you pop into your local Wilko or shop online at wilko.com, where we’ve got a great range of paper plates, plastic glasses, cups and napkins.
5. Reuse your Christmas decorations
If you take your decorations down straight after Christmas, stick them in a box and set them to one side for the New Year’s Eve celebrations. In particular, save the white, silver and gold decs… just make sure your Santa and Rudolph decorations don’t make a reappearance!
6. …or don’t decorate at all!
If you don’t have enough decorations left over, go for candles instead. You can mix candles of any shape and size, using tealights and pillar candles – anything you’ve got in the back of the cupboard really. You can even use your leftover wine bottles as candle holders. This can create a wonderfully sophisticated ambience, but it’s not so good if you’ve got pets and kids running around! And as ever with candles, make sure you keep an eye on them, especially if you’re having a drink or two!
If you need a top-up, head over to wilko.com and check out our fabulous range of candles.
7. Let there be light
If you want to encourage dancing (come on, it’s New Year’s Eve!) use your old Christmas lights and string them up around the room. Flashing and multicoloured lights work particularly well. Also, check out the awesome Gizmo glow corks and transform your bottles into stylish mood lamps!
8. It’s all fun and games
9. Create your own photo booth
Hang a sheet for a backdrop in the corner of your living room, and dig out any fancy dress props you’ve got – the other half’s Hawaiian shirt and Bermuda shorts will do nicely! Our photo booth kits are great for injecting some fun into the photos too! Leave a camera next to the backdrop or plugged into the wall nearby to keep it charged, and let the fun commence. It’ll be a giggle looking through the pics the next day, and you’ll have a load of memories to keep forever.
10. When the clocks strike 12…
We love the inexpensive idea of decorating your main room with clocks. Either gather all the clocks from your home, grab some in the sales, or cryptically ask guests to bring a clock with them. It can make a stunning display – especially at midnight!
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