In order to arrange a holiday, even at home, with a small number of guests, you often need to spend an impressive amount of money. Spending snowballs - you need to buy food, decorate the space, take care of gifts. However, if you do not have extra funds, and you want to celebrate the New Year in a fun way, start planning your holiday about a month in advance. So you can calculate all the costs and understand how to minimize them.
If money is very tight, you can agree with your friends that you will do without gifts this time. In the case when you want to make a present, even a small one, buy it in advance. Prices for various souvenirs are gradually increasing as we approach December 31st. You can make a list of gifts and buy them a month or two before the New Year, avoiding the rush in overcrowded stores.
Make a menu for the festive table. Avoid snacks and meals that contain expensive ingredients, or replace them with cheaper ones that match your taste. The simplest and most familiar recipes can be turned into New Year's with the help of decoration - ordinary pasta laid out in the shape of a Christmas tree with vegetable toys will be appropriate.
Search the Internet for recipes for suitable salads, write down the ingredients and calculate the amount based on the number of guests. Perishable food will have to be bought on the eve of the holiday, while the rest can be purchased in advance, without a holiday price increase.
Ask each guest to bring their signature dish to the table. For an individual, it will not be expensive, and as a result, you will get a hearty and varied menu.
Take care of an economical space design. Instead of a Christmas tree, take pine branches - in many markets, sellers give them away for free. Several festive compositions can be made from the branches. Place them in a glass container or fold them in the shape of a nest, complete with papier-mâché and thread balls. Assemble a garland of gouache cones and remember how to cut paper snowflakes.
The New Year's mood will be created by tangerines, studded with carnation twigs. You can also ask guests to find old photos in which they celebrate the New Year as children. Complete the photo with a painted cardboard frame and place it on the festive table as index cards.
Write a sample scenario for New Year's Eve. Include games that create a mood, but are not expensive. To "warm up" the audience, you can play a twister drawn on a Whatman paper. Make cardboard crowns for guests, put them on their heads and write on each the name of a famous character. Let the guest guess what name is written on his crown with the help of leading questions.
Organize contests to keep your guests entertained and unite. For example, you can find out which of the audience can most artistically eat carrots. Divide the guests into teams and ask them to play famous New Year songs on improvised objects. The rest will have to guess what the resulting cacophony looks like.
Don't forget about traditional winter activities. If the weather permits, invite your friends outside for a snow figure competition and a snowball fight.
You can think of or browse the Internet for many more budget entertainment. Any of them can become New Year's. The main thing is to focus not on the design of the holiday, but on its content.