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Planning a Frugal New Year's Bash

If Christmas has left you penny less, there is no need to panic. The Money Times brings you the most novel ideas to rock your new year’s celebration while keeping it frugal.
Deciding on a pot luck party is another brilliant idea. This way you can not only keep your food budget under control, but can also get more variety of connoisseur delights to taste, under one roof.

Believe it or not, money has got nothing to do with how fun-filled your new year’s party is going to be. An enthusiastic host can turn even road-side into a discotheque.

New Year Eve’s Superstitions
-A popular superstition in the Mediterranean and Latin American countries is that eating 12 grapes at midnight ensures good luck for each month of the coming year.

-Be sure to keep some change in your pocket at midnight as it is believed to bring good fortune and wealth in the new year. Just before midnight, pass around a roll of coins to your guests to make sure everyone is prepared.

-It is said that kissing your spouse at midnight ensures intimacy and a close relationship throughout the new year.

-When planning your dinner menu, focus on pork. Since pigs eat their food moving forward, it is believed that enjoying pork on new year will assure the year ahead is bountiful.

Here are some simple but effective new year party tips suggested by the Money Times.

Music
The music is what sets everybody’s moods for the evening. So make sure that you have some rocking music enough to last at least until the clock strikes midnight.

However, you need not go shopping DVDs, simply ringing-up some close friend, who also happens to be a music buff, to get along his collection at your party should do the trick.

If you do not have that option, consider downloading some new hits from internet free of cost. Or how about borrowing a DJ mixer program from a friend and doing some experimentation yourself?

Food
While food can cost you a lot, you can decide to keep it simple by having only a few heavy snacks. Remember to make it sumptuous enough so that your guests don't go back complaining. Also, don’t make anything too elaborate, as it will only add up to the cost.

Deciding on a pot luck party is another brilliant idea. This way you can not only keep your food budget under control, but can also get more variety of connoisseur delights to taste, under one roof.

Location
This new year’s eve save on the cost of renting out a place by deciding to stick to your own home.

If however, your home proves to be too small or isn’t constructed to host parties, you can talk about hosting the party at your friend’s place with the assurance to take care of all prerequisites.

Decorations
While the Christmas decorations would still be adorning your/friend’ home, you only need to give it a fresh look by making only a few changes.

You can dim all lights and only have red colored lamps on for the New Year’s party. Some carnations at the dinning table coupled with red and white balloons thrown all over the floor should be enough to get the New Year’s feel.

Last but not the least, whether or not your guests enjoy would depend primarily on how you can liven up the environment.

So, if you be an ace hostess and lend your new year’s eve the zing of your personality, nothing can come in the way of making it a super success.