5 fun and inexpensive ideas for New Years Eve parties 2022

Have fun while saving money on New Years Eve.

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This story is part of 2021 Holiday Gift Guide, our list of ideas, by theme, by recipient and by price, to help you discover the ideal gift.

Once all the gifts have been opened and the holiday season is over … New Years Eve is just around the corner! Planning a 2022 New Years Eve party can seem daunting after a month of decorating for the holidays and buy last minute gifts. Don’t worry, we’ve got five fun and inexpensive ideas to quickly organize your holiday party.

Whether you’re hosting a small get-together with friends and family or inviting a team of people, these New Years Eve activities will keep everyone entertained all night long. Read on to find out how to make your New Years party fun and inexpensive this year.

DIY a photo booth

You don’t need to splurge on a rental photo booth to document your entire NYE night out. Instead, create your own photo booth in a well-lit area in your home. All you need is a backdrop, like wrapping paper or balloons, and a few props. You can use a phone or tablet to take photos as long as it has a timer. You can also use an instant camera so that everyone can take the photos with them.

Stream live fireworks shows for free

Bringing in the New Year with fireworks always adds a nice touch, but not when everyone is shivering outside and hoping the show is over soon. Instead of buying, installing and lighting fireworks yourself, stream a fireworks show live from the heat of your home.

For example, Disney World typically broadcasts its fireworks show live online. Times Square in New York also launches fireworks as soon as the ball drops each year and can be broadcast on any major network.

On New Year’s Eve, you can visit the New Year’s Eve live website to see all of the streaming options available.


You can stream fireworks shows for free.

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Grab sparklers or confetti poppers for the celebration

Fancy a mini fireworks display? Pick up sparklers that anyone can light as soon as the ball drops. However, be careful if you live in a dry area prone to forest fires and be sure to check the weather for drought conditions.

If you are having trouble using sparklers, you can always go for confetti poppers. Be prepared to clean up a huge mess of confetti at the end of the night. If you let them go outside, we recommend that you choose poppers made of biodegradable material.

Stream holiday movies for free on your TV

Most streaming services have vacation movies you can watch, from Disney Plus, Netflix, and Hulu to Peacock and Paramount Plus. If you don’t subscribe to any of these services, most offer a free trial. Or if a friend or family member has an account, they can launch their iPhone Where Android to your TV – but note that it can be slow.

Keep everyone busy with group games

Whether you have a few guests or more, you can play games online using your phones. A favorite is the Jackbox games, which you can download to your Fire TV, Apple TV, Playstation, Xbox, and more. Up to 10 people can play at a time, and you can even invite people to play remotely using a live streaming service like Zoom.

To find out more, here is 10 best Christmas movies to watch on Disney Plus. As well, here is a white elephant gift idea.

Lee J. Murillo