OUT with the old, in with the new . . . and let’s save some money too. Hosting an end-of-year bash can be expensive, especially so soon after Christmas. But I have tracked down eight smart ways to help you cut costs and make New Year’s Eve easy.
Start today by checking what you have left from Xmas. Then decide what you need to buy. And see my brilliant New Year’s Eve party food and drink bargains.
REUSE: Combine two bold colours from your Christmas decorations for a glam NYE party theme. Red or metallic items are perfect. You can even decorate baubles with 2018 using a metallic pen.
BUY: Save £7.50 with the Home 50 Piece Bauble Pack in gold was £9.99, now £2.49, at Argos.
REUSE: Coloured straws and balloons are a quick and easy way to add extra colour to your party. Dig out ones to match your colour scheme.BUY: Flexible straws, 225 per pack, £1 at Morrisons.
REUSE: Continue your colours with a matching tablecloth and napkins for a lux look.BUY: Duni Gold Table Cover 120x180cm, £3.75, and Silver Napkins, 20 per pack, £2.50 at Morrisons.
REUSE: Plastic glasses and cutlery are safer at a boozy NYE bash and saves on washing-up.BUY: Plastic Fork Bulk Pack, white 100 per pack, £3 at Morrisons. 80-pack of plastic cups, £1 at Poundland.co.uk.
REUSE: Got spare paper plates from your Boxing Day buffet? Bring them out and add 2018 and a pattern in a metallic pen for a personal touch.BUY: Gold Glitter New Year Paper Plates, 18 pack, £5.99 at partydelights.co.uk.
REUSE: Cut up solid colour wrapping paper to make 2018 signs to hang around the house.BUY: New Year 2018 Banner, £3.75 from ebay.co.uk
REUSE: Spray cardboard packaging silver or gold and give guests a marker pen to make a fun resolutions board.BUY: Rose Gold Frame Pin Board, £7.99 at New Look.
REUSE: Didn’t use up all your crackers? Open one end, take out the Christmas jokes, pop in some sweets and re-use for NYE.BUY: Purple Foil New Year Make & Fill Your Own Party Crackers Craft Kit, £9 at littlecraftybugs.co.uk.
PLANNING a new look for your home in 2018?
If so, see if you can bag a bargain designer kitchen from theusedkitchen company.com.
The site sells used and ex-display kitchens at a fraction of their recommended retail price, so families on a tight budget can get kitchens that would otherwise be well out of their reach.
The service has been lauded on property show Grand Designs and prices range from £750 for a five-year-old kitchen with worktops and appliances to a £53,000 kitchen with a stone island and top-of-the-range Gaggenau appliances.
Director Looeze Grossman, left, says: “The service is eco-friendly by saving old kitchens from the skip. You can register online for updates so you don’t miss out on your dream kitchen.”
Here are Looeze’s top tips for families on a budget:
1. You don’t need to spend big money renovating any area of your home.Buy the basics cheaply then dress them up with more expensive accessories. This could be a basic bath with designer taps or simple kitchen cupboards with quality granite worktops.
2. No money to revamp? Add colour to your existing kitchen by installing a colourful glass splashback and matching accessories, such as storage jars and oven gloves.
3. Want to redecorate but short on cash? Sell anything you haven’t used in the past year and put the money into a fund for your 2018 fresh look. If you haven’t used it in so long, you probably won’t miss it.
THE New Year parties are nearly upon us – and I’ve got some great food and drinks to help.
These value nibbles will not take a big bite out of your bank account – so giving you even more reason to celebrate.
I have also found a couple of great no-nonsense recipes from morrisons.com.
SHAKE up your party with some exotic snacks. Morrisons’ 18-Piece Indian Selection is £2.50 or buy two for £4. Save 50p on Sainsbury’s Vegetable Spring Rolls, now £2 for ten.
Morrisons The Best Duck Straws & Hoisin Dip is £3.50.
Get four for the price of three on some Waitrose party food, including Chicken Yakitori Skewers, £6.50 for eight.
Get three for £5 on some Tesco party food, including ten Bombay Potato Rosti Baskets and 12 Cajun Inspired Chicken Bits, both £2 each.
YOU can’t go wrong with these no-nonsense nibbles. Buy two for £4 on selected Morrisons party food including Morrisons Mini Loaded Potato Skins and Morrisons 10 Mini Chicken Kievs, £2.50 each.
Get a ten-pack of specially selected West Country Cheddar Cheeseburger Sliders for £3.29 from Aldi.
Asda’s Extra Special Frozen Party Food range will be down from £2.75 to £2.25 including the 12 Canape Selection and 12 Luxury Pork And Cranberry Sausage Rolls.
For a bite-size pie, Morrisons The Best Mini Steak & Ale Pies, 12-Pack, is £3.50.
Save 40p on Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Lincolnshire Cocktail Sausages, £2.
RAISE your glasses to these fantastic New Year drinks savings.
Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Prosecco Conegliano 2016, £10, currently down to £7.50 until January 1.
For bargain bubbles, save £6 on Pierre Darcys Champagne at Asda, now £12.
Save £1 on Morrisons The Best Prosecco DOC, now £7.50.
To get your party fizzing, save £2 on Morrisons The Best Brut Champagne, now reduced to £17.
Champagne Mumm Cordon Rouge 75cl was £33 now £23 at Morrisons.
Think pink and save a third on San Leo Nere Ilo Mascalese Rosato at Waitrose, down from £10.49 to £6.99 until December 31.
La Gioiosa Prosecco DOCG Superiore is down from £13.49 to £8.99 at Waitrose until New Year’s Eve.
Go large with an Allini Prosecco Magnum, 1.5L, £12.99 at Lidl.
Push the boat out with a £10 saving on Bollinger NV Gift Pack, now £34.99 at the Co-op.
For lager lovers, these beers at Morrisons are just £10 each until New Year’s Day: Budweiser 20 x 300ml; Carling 20x440ml; Corona Extra 12x330ml; Stella Artois Bottles 20 x 284ml.
Cider fans can get 12x330ml cans of Kopparberg Mixed Fruit Cider for £10 at Morrisons until January 1.
- 500g macaroni
- 6 slices chilli cheese
- 250g extra-mature cheddar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 180ml whole milk, warmed
- 150g breadcrumbs
- 1 bunch chives
- A pinch of salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 170C/ Fan 150/Gas Mark 3 and line a muffin tin with muffin cases. Cook the macaroni as per the instructions on the pack.
- Cut the cheese slices into small pieces and mix in with the grated cheddar.
- Drain the macaroni, add the milk and beaten eggs then stir until smooth, before adding most of the cheese (leaving enough to sprinkle on top) and the chopped chives.
- Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases, piling each one high, then sprinkle with the remaining cheese and breadcrumbs.
- Place in the oven for 35 mins or until golden brown on top.Serve and enjoy.
MAKE sure there’s enough to go around with these party pieces.
Aldi’s Specially Selected British Beef Brisket Burrito, 800g, £7.99.
Waitrose Christmas 30 Salt & Pepper Chicken Pops, £6, or buy four for the price of three.
No need to be shellfish with Morrisons 40-Piece Prawn Selection, £6.
Lidl’s Deluxe 12 handmade Oriental Duck And Chicken Parcels is £2.79, or buy two for £5 while stocks last.
Morrisons 20 Mini Pork And Cranberry Sausage Rolls are £2, or buy three for £5.
KEEP your miniature party monsters quiet with food they will love, such as Tesco 12 Mini Pepperoni Pizza Pockets, £1.
Essential Waitrose 20-Piece Snack Pack, £2.29, contains sausage rolls, cocktail sausages and mini Scotch eggs. You can buy three packs for £6.
Grab Asda’s Party Mac n’ Cheese Bites from the frozen aisle, £1.
Save 25p on Sainsbury’s Cheese Balls, now 75p.
And get three for £10 on M&S Stonebaked Pizzas, or £4.25 each.
- 1 tbsp milk;
- 2 eggs;
- 150g Stork margarine, at room temperature;
- 150g caster sugar;
- 150g self-raising flour;
- ½ tsp baking powder;
- ½ small oranges, zest only;
- 45g dried cranberries, chopped;
- 300g chocolate-flavour frosting;
- 4 Curly Wurly chocolate bars;
- 12 glacé cherries;
- 24 raisins.
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Line a deep muffin tin with 12 paper cases.
- Place the milk, eggs, Stork, caster sugar, flour, baking powder and zest in a mixing bowl. Beat using an electric hand whisk.
- Stir in the dried cranberries and spoon into the cases.
- Bake for 20 minutes until well risen and lightly golden.
- Cool on a wire rack.
- To decorate, spread the frosting over the cooled cupcakes.
- Slice each Curly Wurly in half widthways, then cut into lengths to make antlers.
- Push the antlers into the cupcakes, place a cherry on each cake to make a nose and put 2 raisins on each to make the eyes.
CHRISTMAS may be over but it’s still the season to save money.
After the Black Friday frenzy and pre-Christmas price cuts, the Boxing Day sales have some brilliant bumper bargains in-store and online. See below to find out how much you can save.
IT’S easy PC to save with this amazing offer. Microsoft Surface Pro 12.3in PixelSense Tablet PC was £949.99, now £569.99, at Amazon.co.ukSAVE: £380
DON’T just sit around and twiddle your thumbs or you’ll miss this deal. Winks Three-Seater Sofa Bed was £799, now £379, at scs.co.ukSAVE: £420
SPARKLE and save this New Year’s Eve. KG Kurt Geiger Grey Estha high- heel sandals were £120, now £49, at Debenhams.comSAVE: £71
READY to jet off? Take £50 off holiday bookings over £750 at Thomas Cook using code SAVE50 at thomas cook.com by January 4.SAVE: £50
JACK up your savings. Snip an extra ten per cent off sale orders at Jack Wills using the code VCEXTRA10DEC through vouchercodes.co.uk. Code expires tomorrow.SAVE: Average £10
BAG a designer buy for less money. Get £10 off when you spend £50 at brandalley.co.uk using code MVC10.SAVE: £10
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