So, you’re throwing a New Year’s party but your bank account is still roughed up from all the holiday gifts you bought. Sure, you want to de-stress and let loose around your friends after the holidays, but it's hard to feel generous with a dwindling bank account. We feel you. We decided to try to put together a party for six to eight people that comes in under $100. The best place to do it? Trader Joe’s. Here’s how we broke it down.
Let’s start with the real MVP of a New Year’s Eve party: booze. It’s what most of your guests will be looking forward to and also the most expensive. We’ve budgeted enough for everyone to have a few drinks as the night goes on, but if your guests want to get crazy, we suggest you tell them to BYOB.
You’ll need enough bubbly to make sure everyone can have a glass or two, a beer option and a red wine option. Here were our favorite finds at TJ’s.
Total cost for alcohol: $42
It’s also a good plan to have something festive for the designated drivers, pregnant women or people who just prefer to stay totally sober. Trader Joe's had lots of affordable options here, but to keep it simple, we recommend these two:
Total cost for nonalcoholic beverages: $10
It’s a good idea to have a nice variety of snacks people can nosh on all night. The best options here are the classic cheese and guac with some fancy crackers. Here’s what we recommend.
Total cost of snacks: $16.50
It’s also a good idea to have a few heartier snacks that serve as a kind of mini-meal, particularly when people are drinking. If you’ve got access to an oven, Trader Joes has some really excellent semi-fancy treats that require zero prep work from you.
Total cost of mini meals: $24.50
Last but not least is a little sugary somethin’.
The glazed nuts can hang out on the table with the small snacks all night, but we recommend either popping the cookies in before your guests arrive or after the mini-meal treats. There’s nothing quite like the whole house smelling like cookies.
Total cost of sweet treats: $7.50
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