10 Tips on Throwing a New Year’s Eve Party on a Budget

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — We know you haven’t made it through Christmas yet, but if you’re going to throw a great New Year’s Eve bash, now is the time to start planning.

If your budget is tight from all of the December holidays, we have compiled some ideas on how to impress your New Year’s Eve guests without breaking your budget:

Don’t wait until the last minute. Put together your plan and list of items you need to buy. “Last-minute planning will always cost you more,” says Greg Jenkins, partner of Bravo Productions in Long Beach, Calif. “You can find great deals if you give yourself enough time.”

Skip the black tie. Jenkins advises that if you really don’t have the money to present a black-tie affair complete with more expensive foods such as lobster, shrimp or prime rib, make it a casual or semi-casual night. Jenkins says you can still offer a meal such as lasagna, sliders, pizza and present it buffet style, or just go with appetizers.

Make your bookshelves do double duty. Jenkins says Instead of buying or renting tables for the buffet, you can remove books from bookshelves and use those as the buffet serving spots.

Ambience doesn’t have to be expensive. Sarah Brand, founder of SKB Events, says you don’t have to spend a fortune to create ambience in the room. Tea lights and candles (particularly silver and gold ones meant for Christmas) go on sale after the holiday, as do battery-powered candles (for those with children and pets). Twinkle lights, those small white Christmas lights, also go on sale. Or use the ones from Christmas, Brand says.

Serve on silver. Even inexpensive appetizers can be dressed up when served on a silver platter. Don’t have any? Brand says you can find silver platters in thrift stores at a discount. “They will probably not be all real silver or something you can then sell on eBay for a profit ... pick ones you like and that you can see re-using in the future,” says Brand.

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