Welcome to Ask the Expert, a new blog series featuring the expertise of our many talented business owners on Pepperlane. We're kicking things off with timely advice from event planner extraordinaire Von Marie Moniz.
New Year’s Eve is the best night to go out on the town. You and your partner can go out wherever you want, party as hard as you want, and come home as late as you want! Doesn’t that sound amazing? Well… Not if your parents and can’t find a sitter!
To be honest, you should really see this as a blessing in disguise! There areTONS of people out there thinking the same thing. Bars will be swarming with people that don’t have to be home anytime soon, you’ll have to wait way too long for a drink, and you have to buy a pretty sparkly cocktail dress! No thanks! I rather stay home, save money, and throw my own NYE party.
Here are my best tips and tricks on creating a fun and memorable NYE party without breaking the bank.
1. Set a budget
As with any party, whether big or small, you do need to think about what you are willing to spend. Always start with a realistic number and then adjust as you go.
2. Location! Location! Location!
If you have enough room in your home, (and even if you don’t, you can still make this work) I always suggest having your party at home. This is always a great idea for a mom like myself and our friends with children. There’s no stress about finding a sitter and you can set up a space for the kids to crash.
3. Create your guest list
Keeping it short and sweet is of course the best way to keep costs low. Less people, less mouths to feed, and less of a mess to clean up!
4. Send out your invites
The best way to spread the word about your bash is through creating a Facebook event. It’s a simple and easy way to keep track of everyone invited, who has RSVP’d and who still needs to reply, all in one place and it’s free. E-vites are also very popular. You can use websites such as Eventbrite and Paperless Post to create and send invitations electronically.
5. Hit up the dollar store
Keep the decorations to a minimum. Check out the dollar store for things like serving bowls, utensils, napkins, drinkware, etc. Feel free to also use your leftover decorations from Christmas.
6. Save on champagne
Save some money on alcohol by asking each guest to bring a bottle of champagne. If you’re not a fan of asking your guests to BYOB, consider providing the champagne yourself and adding it to a signature drink. Create a champagne punch or cocktail and serve straight up champagne right before midnight.
If champagne is too expensive, consider Prosecco instead!
7. Skip the sit down meal
A New Year’s Eve party doesn’t really start until 8-9pm, so instead of providing dinner or appetizers, try offering dessert. Your guests can have dinner, then head over to your party for some drinks and desserts!
8. Plan the fun
Homemade photo booths are one way to get the party started. If you’re hosting for a small group you can play trivia games, karaoke, name that tune or any other activity that will keep your guests laughing and having a good time.
9. Create a playlist
Create the playlist on your phone and play the music over speakers. If you’re short on time, or don’t own a speaker, you can use Spotify, Pandora or your television to set the mood.
10. Bring in the New Year in style
Tune in to a TV station that is showing the countdown right before midnight, countdown with your friends and get rowdy! Bring in noise makers, confetti, anything that will be over the top. (Again, great items to find at the dollar store or on a post-holiday sale).
Staying in doesn’t have to feel like a drag and with these simple tips, there’s still time to put something together for your friends.
Wife and mother of two young children, Von Marie Moniz is the Event Planner and Owner of Lovely Events by Von. Clients love her bubbly personality and attention to detail. Planning is what she does, relaxing and enjoying yourself is what you will be doing when you hire Von for your next event.