How to throw a New Year’s Eve party on the cheap

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By the time New Year's Eve rolls around, the holiday parties we've already attended and thrown have taken their toll; financially, time-wise, and creatively. But if hosting a New Year's Party still sounds like fun, here are some helps.

To make it fun, with little work:NewYearParty

(1) Throw a simple theme party. (Not a “˜Hey, it's a new year', either!) Something like “ugly sweaters”, where each guest wears the ugliest sweater they can find. Or a mask party where each guest wears a fun mask.

(2) Plan easy, interactive games to get guests laughing and mingling.

– One suggestion is, “˜Who am I'? Each guest has a nametag stuck onto their forehead. On it is something they “˜are', such as broccoli or a stop sign. The individual is not allowed to know what is on their own tag. They must ask questions throughout the night in the attempt to figure out what they are. (You'll want to take down mirrors if you have them hung on your family/living room walls.)

– Another easy, no prep game is “˜Two Truths and a Lie'. In this game, each person states three things about themselves, of which two are true, and one is made up. Other guests then must decide which one is the lie.

(3) Dump those white elephants. Have every guest bring one unwanted Christmas gift they received. Either play a game or just let people swap the items. One person's unwanted gift might be just what another hoped for!

To make it nearly free:

(1) Use “˜hodge-podge tableware'. Ask each party-goer to bring miscellaneous paper/plastic tableware they have; no matter what it has on it. Not only does this save the expense”“ it's entertaining to see what you get.

(2) Choose a focus for the food and have all guests contribute. Consider doing a taco bar, hot potato bar, or the like. Each guest brings just one item ““ such as shredded cheese or sour cream.

(3) Start your party late at night. It is, after all, a New Year's Eve Party. And the earlier the party, the more snacks and supplies you'll need to buy.

(4) Throw a “˜leftovers' party. Guests bring any leftover holiday foods/goodies they have. A mostly free potluck style buffet will result ““ bringing with it a unique combination of selections.

Written by Josh Elledge - CEO, UpMyInfluence

Josh Elledge is U.S. Navy veteran and launched UpMyInfluence to help entrepreneurs like himself attract the perfect audiences and grow their authority and influence. While growing their better-than-PR agency, UpMyInfluence discovered that building 7-figure B2B Sales Systems (with zero paid advertising) for agencies, consultants, coaches, and other high-ticket B2B service providers is actually what they do better than anyone else on the planet.

UpMyInfluence was the natural outgrowth of his first startup, which has grossed more than $6 million in sales with zero paid ads. He did it all through building authority and serving audiences in the media.

Josh is a weekly TV consumer expert in Orlando, writes a syndicated newspaper column to 1.1 million readers, and regularly appears on more than 75 TV stations across the country. All told, Josh has appeared in the media more than 2500 times.

Josh loves living in Orlando, FL with his wife and three children.


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