How to plan and budget the perfect New Year’s Eve party

<This is a collaborative post> As autumn draws to a close and the winter cold takes hold, there’s no denying that the Christmas countdown has begun. As many of us were unable to spend this joyous occasion with loved ones last year due to lockdown, there’s twice as much celebrating to be done!

But, as always, the festive season of Christmas and New Year doesn’t come cheap. After such a turbulent year, some families will be tightening their belts a little more than usual this year – but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate!

In this article, we share our top tips on how to plan the perfect New Year’s Eve party, without breaking the bank.


Whatever you do, do not feel the need to go out between Christmas and New Year spending a fortune on different decorations. One of the best parts about throwing a NYE party is that most of the decorative work is done for you thanks to Christmas! So hang on to your tinsel and fairy lights and let them suffice so that you can enjoy huge savings on party decorations.

Make use of leftovers

According to recent studies, a staggering 270 million tonnes of food is wasted every year in the UK at Christmas – this year is a chance to do our bit to combat the waste, at least in our own households. If, like millions of other families, you stock your fridge and cupboards high with food, drink and snacks and only a fraction gets used on Christmas Day, don’t throw it out! Keep anything that is still sealed and in date and create a buffet-style spread with it for your NYE party.

Prepare a shared playlist

Music is often the soundtrack to some of our best memories, as it can evoke nostalgia when we hear a song that reminds us of times gone by. Create a shared playlist on Spotify ahead of the party and share it with friends and family so that they can add their favourite party tunes to it – then all that’s left to do is hit the dancefloor!

Don’t be tempted to overspend

We completely understand that, after such a quiet Christmas and New Year in 2020 due to lockdown restrictions, the enthusiasm for everyone to come together and let their hair down is high.

However, don’t get caught up in the festive spirit and go overspending. Guestlists can quickly grow by the time everyone’s brought their plus ones, and you’d be shocked just how quickly it can all add up. Consider your financial situation when planning your NYE party so that you can truly set yourself up to have a great year.

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