New Years Eve is a great night to spend with friends and family so why not celebrate by throwing a party?
Things go on in the city on New Years Eve but can get costly. Having a party yourself can be fun, entertaining and you can do it on a small budget.
The first thing to do is determine what you like - theme party, dress up or dinner party perhaps. After this it's all a matter of planning.
A sports themed party requires a few items. A dart board and ping pong table make for good entertainment. Once everyone has arrived put all participants' names into a hat, draw for partners. Each team will play all the others once in each sport. At the end of the night the top two teams play off for the championship. You can make up a trophy or give out awards. This can be great fun: worst shot in darts, best save in ping pong, just to name a few.
You are only limited by your imagination. If you don't have ping pong maybe you have a foosball table or bocce balls. You can make things up: three legged races, water pistols at 30 feet.
Perhaps sports isn't your thing. How about a dress up evening? Everyone has an item of clothing they don't like to wear. You could have a Worst Dressed evening and prizes for that.
You could really dress up. Make it formal and have an evening with canapes and champagne, poppers and streamers at midnight.
A small dinner party with six or eight guests can be enjoyable. You can do an International Theme. Pick a country and everyone brings a dish. Make sure everyone makes small portions as you can end up with way too much food.
Have two people bring appetizers, two people bring mains, two people bring sides and two people bring dessert. There are hundreds of countries with their own cuisine. An Italian or French dinner wouldn't be complete without the wines that go with them. Just make sure no one drives home.
Whatever you choose people never mind helping you out by bringing a dish or nibblies. Decorating for your theme can be fun as well. Hit the Tip shops or check out Vinnies here for their hours of operation.
Do a murder mystery dinner dressing up the area to go with the theme. Friends of mine did "Street Car Named Desire" transforming their dining room into a train car.
Plan your night, invite your guests and let your imagination run wild. It's cost effective, fun and a great way to ring in the New Year.