A New Year’s Eve Bash on a Budget


by Alexandra Pauline – December 24th, 2012

DIY This NYE!

It may be Christmas, but in between sipping your eggnog and opening presents, it’s time to start planning next week’s New Year’s Eve shindig!  Whether you’ve already sent out your invites, or you’re looking to pull together a last minute party, New Year’s Eve is the time to glitz it up and toast to a fresh start with the ones you love the most.  From finger food to festive recycled decor, these quick and easy tips will make for a Fab & Fru soiree to remember!

Throw a Finger Food Potluck

You don’t have to throw an elaborate dinner party to satiate your guests.  In fact, if you’re hosting an impromptu gathering, start the festivities after 9PM and theme your party as a BYOA – bring your own appetizer!  Let your guests know that the idea is to have a spread of gourmet, late night munchies and cocktails to ring in 2013.  A finger food potluck is not only a super saver when it comes to time and money – a variety of small plates is always more fun with a big group of people.  Try some of our favorite Fab & Fru 5 Minute hors d’oeuvres recipes!

Pomegranate & Prosecco Signature Cocktail

Save time and money by whipping up a signature cocktail for the festivities!  Prosecco is Champagne’s less expensive Italian cousin – and dare we say we like it better than the French bubbly…  And when you add some tangy pomegranate juice to it, you creative an elegant and beautiful looking cocktail that your guests will enjoy sipping all night long – without the hostess breaking the bank!   Of course for friends who don’t want the alcohol, they too can enjoy the delish pomegranate juice as a spritzer mixed in with a little sparkling water or club soda.

Get Creative With Clocks

Start your party decor off with an inexpensive twist on time!  Rummage up your old alarm clocks, watches, and decorative time tellers to create a timeless centerpiece that everyone will be talking about.   Arrange the clocks in a fun display on your serving table or mantle.  You can even hang watches from your chandelier, or string them on some fishing line to create a Happy New Year banner.  Add candles, a some silver colored ornaments straight from your tree, a few holly branches …and voila!  A cheeky reminder that the countdown has begun!

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