As we’re counting down to the end of the decade it’s easy to get caught up in the rush to get ready for the big celebration. All across South Africa, New Year’s Eve parties will be counting down the seconds to 2020. And if that’s not your scene, you’ve probably heard of a few house parties amongst your neighbours, friends and family. Even if you’re hosting yourself, this celebration doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg!

Picture a great New Year’s Eve party at your home with all your friends … candles, sparkles and sparkling wine (or juice) all around. You’re having a great time, making memories, dancing, chatting, laughing and when the clock strikes 12, you toast and feast on a midnight supper.

But how can you ensure you don’t blow your remaining holiday budget on one night of celebrations? We’ve got a few tips to help you save, spend and live smart while ringing in the new year in style!


1. Make it a BYO (bring-your-own) event
You can allocate a dish/course per person or family. Or it can be a free-for-all type setup where everyone brings what they can. If you really want to wow your friends and families with your cooking, ask everyone to bring their own drinks at least. You’ll be surprised how much a couple of bottles can add to your bill at the grocery store.


2. Keep it light
It doesn’t have to be a full-on feast like you had for Christmas (let’s face it, we all probably went a little overboard). Do something fun like a nacho or baked potato bar. You set out the chips or potatoes and as many toppings as you’d like, and everyone helps themselves. Make your own pizza is always a winner!


3. Go with a theme
Picking a fun theme can really set the tone for the evening. Pick a specific era you’d like everyone to stick to or a theme like “you’ll never see me like this again” really opens up the options. It will surely make for a few conversation starters. Going with a theme is also a great way to get your guests excited about the event by planning their attire in advance. Make it clear that your guests don’t have to go hire a whole outfit. Adding something fun they already have in their drawer is more than enough.


4. Make it fun
Set up a few card or board games around the room, this will give your guests something to do and minimize the thumb-twiddling before dinner. You could also have everyone write down their resolutions (and guess who it belongs to).


5. Strike up a convo
This game is a great way to get some conversations started. Topics like “best song of the year” or “best movie of the year” is sure to get people talking. HERE is a free printable you can use with questions that will get your friends and family thinking back on their favourite moments of the year. 


6. Keep it cosy
If you’re keeping it low-key this year with your better half and the kids, why not set up a blanket fort in the living room (don’t forget the string lights), pop some corn, grab some snacks and have a movie marathon. 


7. Don’t stress the small stuff!
Remember, you don’t have to host the event of the year. It’s all about looking back and celebrating 2019 and going into the new year surrounded by the people you love. Just relax and enjoy it!


What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Do you have any tips to have a great party on a budget? 


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