Champagne bottles, crystal glasses, Beluga caviar-how many of us can afford to celebrate like that? Well, in defiance of convention, here are 10 budget new year’s eve celebration ideas that make all the luxury of wealth seem shallow by comparison.
#1. Enjoy a Free Concert in the Park
This budget new year’s eve celebration idea is all about music. Check out local papers to find out where free concerts will be given in the park. Dress warmly, bring a blanket for sitting on and another for wrapping around you and a special friend, and spend the evening listening to live music beneath the stars.
#2. Catch a Midnight Film
This budget new year’s eve celebration idea is great for film buffs. Find out which movie theater in your area will have a special midnight showing on new year’s eve. In the lobby raise a toast of fizzy drink, then start your new year with a special movie-going experience.
#3. Watch the Fireworks from a Skyscraper
This budget new year’s eve celebration idea shoots you among the stars. Every city has a high building that invites the public to come up for a small fee and watch the fireworks. Watch the city glittering at your feet, then raise a toast as the new year’s eve fireworks explode into glittering flowers against the night’s sky.
#4. Watch the Fireworks from Your Roof
This budget new year’s eve celebration idea requires nothing but a ladder to succeed. If you can hear the city’s fireworks from your home chances are you’ll be able to see them if you get a bird’s eye view. Wearing non-slippery shoes, climb up to your roof and help your friends to follow and settle on the rooftop. Then sit and watch the fireworks like royalty without paying a dime. But don’t drink and climb.
#5. Row to Watch the Firework Reflections
This budget new year’s eve celebration idea spreads fireworks at your feet. In most cities and towns fireworks are fired over or near water. Find out which fireworks show is closest to a park where you can rent a cheap row boat or paddle boat. Just as everyone crowds on the shore to watch the fireworks, you and your chosen friend can watch the fireworks in the sky reflecting on the waters all around.
#6. Be There for the New Year’s Eve Parade
This budget new year’s eve celebration idea surrounds you with the spirit of a carnival. You don’t have to spend a dime to find out where the best new year’s eve parade will take place near your residence. Typically, large cities will have the most colorful, musical, glittering parades along their downtown streets. Check local newspapers or the internet for information. Then dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes. The spirit of celebration all around is sure to make your new year’s eve a joyful one.
#7. Pot Luck Party
This budget new year’s eve celebration idea is all about partying with friends. Make a list of all the people you’d like to invite to a pot luck party. Include a food category with each invitation, so some guests will bring snacks, others drinks, yet others dessert. Move the furniture out of the room, dim the lights and turn on holiday music. It’s easy to get the grill going in the backyard and make hamburgers and hotdogs. A great bowl of punch (a cocktail of inexpensive fizzy wines) will create a fun centerpiece on your buffet table, and you can find all the dishes you’ll need at a party store.
#8. Celebrate with Skates
This budget new year’s eve celebration idea skates the night away. Every city puts up a special ice rink for the holidays. Your friends and you can rent skates and set off into the lights and holiday music. Try to keep each other from falling, which will guarantee that you’ll all fall together, and you’re sure to spend new year’s eve laughing and rubbing your sore behind.
#9. Celebrate with a New Year’s Eve Bonfire
This budget new year’s eve celebration idea is all about new beginnings. Invite your closest friends to gather round a fire on a beach or in a forest. Toast marshmallows, hotdogs and potatoes and drink cheap champagne that’s sure to taste great because of the ambiance. Just before midnight, each of you should write down on a piece of paper something he wants to leave behind in the dying year-maybe anger over the loss of a job, maybe depression, maybe overeating. Cast your woes into the fire at midnight, then start the new year with hopeful hearts.
#10. Take a Glittering Walk
This budget new year’s eve celebration idea takes advantage of what’s already there. Take a walk in the most glittering part of town. Perhaps it will be a beautiful mall all decked with lights and ornaments. Maybe it’s a downtown street filled with starry lights and garlands. Or perhaps a street market will stay open all night to usher in the new year.
And here are fun new year’s eve facts to share through the evening.