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    As one of the most highly anticipated nights of the year, New Year’s Eve often falls short of the hype leaving us broke and annoyed. Understandably the immense costs of going out, buying a new outfit and keeping the drinks flowing can make it seem all too difficult. But you needn’t miss out on this year’s night of nights. Bring your New Year’s Eve celebrations right into the comfort of your home.

    Just follow these helpful ideas to get the party rolling and you’ll be merrily celebrating with friends and family in true festive style.

    As one of the most highly anticipated nights of the year, New Year’s Eve often falls short of the hype leaving us broke and annoyed. Understandably the immense costs of going out, buying a new outfit and keeping the drinks flowing can make it seem all too difficult. But you needn’t miss out on this year’s night of nights. Bring your New Year’s Eve celebrations right into the comfort of your home.

    Just follow these helpful ideas to get the party rolling and you’ll be merrily celebrating with friends and family in true festive style.

    Invitations

    The first most important element of your party are the invitations. They are integral because they inform your guests on the length and theme of the party and if they required to participate in any way (dress up, BYO etc.). The cheapest way to do this is to set up a Facebook event invite or send text messages. If you’re old school, you can design your invitations on the computer to print and mail out.

    Theme

    Giving your company a dress code can add an element of fun to your party. If you’re stuck as to which theme to choose – think about your interests. If you love the Batman series, have a Superheros and Villains party or if your favourite colour is purple, ask that everyone wear a ‘Splash of Purple.’ The options are endless.

    If you’re doing it on the cheap: Your guests shouldn’t have to fork out exorbitant amounts of money on expensive costumes. Suggest to friends that are strapped for ideas, or can’t afford to spend big on frivolity to hire their outfit from a costume store or get creative and make do with what they have.

    Food!

    Sometimes neglected, food and drink are the most critical elements to the overall success of your shindig. Big statement – but think about it, there’s nothing worse than rocking up to a party, starving in anticipation of food, only to find some measly crackers and some ‘no name’ party lollies. Food is by far a major draw card – so put on a spread.

    If you’re doing it on the cheap:  If you’re a short on funds, you could do a big pasta bake for everyone to share. It’s far more cost effective than sausages and bread and can be good to line the stomach if alcohol is being consumed. Still too expensive? Ask you guests to bring a plate and spread the responsibility, after all you’re supplying the venue. And remember that whatever you do, being together is the main thing.

    In keeping with your particular theme, you could attempt to create this recipe for Baked Tuna and Chive Pasta.

    Music

    Okay so, you have the costumes and the food sorted – you’re almost ready to par-tay! If you want to get your guest linking arms and chinking their glasses to see in the New Year, you must have tunes to get them going.  Depending on the theme you have chosen, you could have specific music or prepare a list of your favourite dance songs to get them in the mood. Create a playlist with your ipod or Mp3 player and connect it to some speakers for the night – too easy! Choose lively, upbeat tracks so you have them boogieing until midnight and beyond.

    So now you’re ready to countdown, 3, 2, 1 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!