New Year’s Eve is one of those strange nights where having fun is compulsory. On any other night of the year you could decide to stay in at the last minute or head home before midnight and not be frowned upon - but not on 31st December. This pressure to have an amazing night is particularly difficult if you’re on a budget, but even if that’s the case you don’t have to stay in with a meal for one and the TV for company. Here are a few ideas on how to celebrate the arrival of the new year without spending a fortune.
1. Have a house party. It’s a classic NYE and, as long as you’re prepared to do all the cleaning up on 1st Jan, then it’s a great way to get all your friends together. Theme the party to make it feel like a special night – a ‘onesie party’ is a pretty cosy idea - and make sure everyone brings their own booze.
2. See some fireworks. There’s a fantastic sense of occasion being in a crowd watching a fireworks display at midnight on New Year’s Eve and, as most displays are free, this is the ideal solution for those on a budget. Get a group together, chip in for some wine to keep you warm and then wrap up and head out to celebrate.
3. Get a deal. If you want to go away for New Year’s Eve this year then sign up for lots of daily deals websites and get huge discounts on a whole range of destinations. From Edinburgh for Hogmanay, to Paris for the light show under the Eiffel Tower, it is much cheaper to arrange this when you buy a discounted package. You might have to be flexible on the location, but if you just want to go away and you’re not that bothered where you go then you can pick the best, cheapest deal.
4. Throw a dinner party. It is relatively easy to throw a cheap dinner party, particularly if you ask all your guests to bring a course, a dish or a specific bottle of something. People rarely mind being asked to contribute if someone else is doing the cooking, particularly on a night like New Year’s Eve.
These are just a few great ideas for having a cheap but satisfying New Year’s Eve this year. All you need now is a silly hat and some sparklers and you’re good to go.
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