Thrifty Party Ideas?

12/21/2009 5:37 pm · 10 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

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newyearsOne of my readers sent me this email asking for ideas…..do you have any thrifty tips for her?

My sister-in-law and her family of 7 will be visiting us over the New Years holiday.  Do you have any ideas for a thrifty celebration?  We will play board games and play in the snow but I was hoping to do something even more special/memorable.  Any ideas?

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Mimi
Mimi

For a quite but enjoyable time you can make a few cards with questions and each guest picks 2 or 3. Questions can be things like your oldest holiday memory, who were your favorite neighbors or friend in High School. The kids get a oral family history and the adults have a good time remembering their past

Bridget
Bridget

The last few years we have had a kid's New Year's Eve party. We take the Christmas decorations off the tree and swap them with lots of tinsel (clearance), party hats and noise makers. People can just pull things off the tree to use. We usually get light sticks from the $ store and let the kids play tag in the dark. Flashlight tag is fun too. Then we always play games and have sparkling cider. The kids look forward to it every year.

Skee
Skee

One fun family game we do is, we play BINGO, everyone brings either a girl gift or a guy gift depending on if you are a girl or guy. You can set the spending limit to whatever price fits your budget. This is fun and it get everyone involved including the kids AND everyone gets to open a fun gift.

Boyd
Boyd

Ugly sweater party: go to Goodwill, and purchase the most tacky, hideous sweater you can, and judge when people arrive (and maybe give out a prize?). It will add a nice conversation piece and laughter throughout the night.

Amy B.
Amy B.

you can print out calandar pages and kids can decorate or color their own. (DLTK kids is one place to print from)

Mommy to 3
Mommy to 3

- I 2nd Charades!! - Laughing Game - One person takes a tissue, and tosses it up in the air! EVERYONE must laugh out loud until the tissue hits the floor. Once it touches the floor you have to stop laughing and be silent.. This is harder than it looks! Last one standing wins! - The Frosty Toss - Take a small cardboard box, draw a frosty snowman on the front. Take and wrap marshmellows in clear plastic wrap. Toss the marshmellows into the Frosty box, moving the box furster each toss! See who can get it into the Frosty box at the longest distance!

Bev Tank
Bev Tank

We have a New Years Eve Party every year. It is our time to invite friends that we may not have seen throughout the year as well as those we associate with often. Our kids invite friends as well. Everyone brings something to eat, and I always make my famous hot wings. We usually have at least 30 people (and we don't have a big house), and it is a BLAST! We eat, some play games, some play the Wii, some watch movies, and we just have a great time visiting. At midnight, we all watch the ball drop and celebrate the New Year with sparkling cider. Our crowd seems to grow every year with the addition of new friends, and we all have a wonderful time!

Dawn
Dawn

When I was growing up, instead of noise makers and confetti, we would bang on pots and pans with wooden spoons. Pie plates and bread pans are perfect! Also, we would make our own hats out of newspaper. It was fun!

Sara
Sara

With a group that large there are so many cool things that they can do. Sure, sometimes a large family gathering can pose challenges with space and time and such but there are lots of terrific things to do. 1. Scavenger Hunt - pair the little ones with an older one and search for clues for what games will be played later. Do it letter by letter. For example if you're going to play Card Games you can make it so each stop give you the letter in spelling Card Games. 2. Charades 3. Fill in the blank where they have to act out the word. 4. Everyone makes their own silly NYE hat and shaker (got dry beans?) 5. Have the young kids teach the older folks a dance. If there are enough for 2 groups you can have a competition. Or it can be the boys vs. girls. Something like that. Have Fun!

stephanie
stephanie

We always have a New Years Eve party. My stipulation is that the Xmas tree has to be put away to make room. This led to a Christmas Tree toss each year. Participants take turns throwing the tree out of the back of our truck, but could be done off a deck or porch. This is more of an adult thing, but could be modified with a portion of the tree for kids. It's really a blast and another use for the tree!

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