It’s your year to host the New Year’s Eve celebration for family and friends. In order for everyone to have a great time, you feel the pressure to throw a Pinterest-worthy gala. Instead of party blowers and champagne, you envision seltzer water and dollar signs. That’s why you will need these inexpensive New Year’s Eve party ideas! 

Ringing in the New Year doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor. With a little creativity, a bit of planning, and a whole lot of hospitality, you’ll throw a New Year’s Eve celebration that guarantees your guests will have a great time. Here are 7 inexpensive New Year’s Eve party ideas to make your celebration a success. 

7 Inexpensive New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

Ringing in the New Year doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor. Here are 7 inexpensive New Year's Eve party ideas to make your celebration a success. 


Two words: Social Media. There are plenty of websites that can send just about any kind of invitation, either through text message or email. Want a silly, funny email invitation, or a glamorous invitation? Want a confetti-exploding invitation, or a singing puppets invitation? These types of websites below can help you send out invites to your wish list with just the right message.


While you’re creating your invitations, be sure to include a request that everyone bring a favorite drink and snack. Their doing so won’t get you off the spot for providing other food and beverages, but requests sure help, especially if their contributions reflect something personal about the individuals who bring them.

Your Printer is Your Friend

There are so many templates you can make to personalize your party. All you need is a good printer, some printer ink, and cardstock. Find those templates to make game cards, name tags, drink tags, and even select party favors.

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Stalk, Download, & Print

My daughter calls looking at other people’s social media images “stalking.” I call it being interested in their lives. For your celebration, look through friends’ and family’s social media photos for interesting images. Download and send them to your local pharmacy or big box store for printing (only around 19 cents each). Attach the images to balloons and have the balloons to float throughout your home for color and a celebratory atmosphere. At some point in the evening gather the balloons and have each person share the stories behind the images.

Make Things Sparkle

Glitter, spray paint, and candles go a long way. Sprinkle or glue glitter on the outsides of inexpensive vases, jars, old glasses, candle holders, and bottles and place them throughout the room. Light inexpensive candles and place them inside the glassware. You can also sprinkle glitter on the insides of the glassware as well.

You can also blow up balloons and then glue glitter on the bottom third of the balloons for extra sparkle.

7 Inexpensive New Year's Eve Party Ideas

Another idea is to head out a day or two after Christmas and grab up a variety of sparkling Christmas balls that have been clearanced out. Choose a color theme (gold, silver, or both), and place them throughout the room. You can place them in clusters, in dishes, or separately.

Cue Tunes

Have a play list ready for dancing. Cue it up, turn on the Bluetooth, and dance the night away.

Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing

The most important thing to remember is your party is about celebrating the previous year and looking forward to a new year with the people you love. Ultimately, even more important than decorations, food, and drink, is being with the people you love and you do life with.

Tammy Tilley
Tammy Tilley
Tammy Tilley, mom of two adult children, cares deeply about parenting issues. Although she’s looking in the rearview mirror of her hands-on parenting days, once you’re a parent, you’re always a parent. She enjoys sharing a few memories and a touch of advice about spending energy on the things that matter. Tammy has a BA in English from Anderson University (IN) and a MS in Education from IUPUI.