Celebrating has nothing to do with spending a lot of money. Happiness is not directly correlated to money. I understand that money is a medium of exchange. It enables us to get things we don’t have but need. Nonetheless, all things we don’t have and need don’t cost money. To clarify my point further, we don’t have to break the bank to enjoy ourselves.
What makes people happy? Definitely ‘other people’ come first on that list. In other words, just meeting up with others is a set up for a good time. Once people get together for celebrations, that becomes a set up for excitement and fun. People can tell jokes to each other, stories, hold great conversations, etc. They can brag around, play with each other, etc. All this doesn’t cost a penny. Well, of course they’re going to need some drinks, something to eat and a meeting place. I think that shouldn’t cost a lot of money either.
The first thing people think about when they are planning to celebrate is to find out the best bar, restaurant or club to meet. We all know the best restaurants, bars, night clubs, etc. are expensive. By the time the celebrations are done, you’ll have emptied out your wallet. I think there’s a much better affordable idea. Decide to meet at someone’s home or somewhere in the park, that is free by default.
If you’ll meet a group of 5-10 or more people, let one volunteer to host the celebrations at their house. Free venue! Comfortable too! I remember once I hosted a house party! Unfortunately 30 minutes in it had turned into a concert. I had anticipated 7 people, before I knew it more than 50 people showed up. My house was overwhelmed, so was the parking and the nearby road.
To my amazement some popular artists showed up too and they performed! Free of charge! It seems they love private parties. But you don’t want your house to be overran by people, you stop enjoying and begin managing which is not exciting at all. Therefore, make sure you manage and prepare well before the party. If you say 10 people, they should be 10 not 100. If you say the party will last 3 hours, it should be 3 hours not 10.
Who doesn’t want to end the year pretending to be a great artist. Put the lyrics on the screen or let people use their phones. Then let everybody sing their best out. Karaoke is always exciting and people are more comfortable if it takes place at a home.
Light up those dry pieces of wood and sit or stand around the fire. It’s so warming and thrilling. The experience becomes cool when somebody grabs a guitar and starts pulling those strings to melodic tunes and everybody begins to sing along. Try it, it is the best. I used to have a bonfire at my house every Wednesday. We’d have a guitar guy (amazing) then poets too on the open mic. It didn’t cost a dime. Yet we enjoyed every moment of it.
Celebrations can’t be without music! Turn on your speakers, put on a favorite ‘Afrobeat’ playlist or whatever you like and then drop it to the flow and touch the ceiling. Have fun!
#5 Play games
Leave no place for boredom. Have a chess board in place with those pawns, kings and queens. For those who can’t protect the king in chess, give them the checkers box. or cards. Truth or dare works too but I’m not sure if adults can enjoy it given how reserved they are.
Enough of games, how about drinks and food? When people are celebrating, they definitely need to drink or eat something. Still it doesn’t have to be expensive. All you need is a barbeque stove, raw meat(cheaper) and charcoal then you can take turns on the roasting! For drinks just buy 1-2 crates of beer or a bottle of vodka or a wine (still cheaper) then let everybody self service themselves. Sometimes, everybody can come with their own drinks.
This is not to discourage you from going to restaurants or bars, pubs and clubs. The goal here was to help you not spend a lot of money on end of year celebrations if you can do exciting things, spend less money and still have lot’s of fun. 5-10 people can spend a third of the money they’d pay at a restaurant or bar or club if only they can choose to host the celebrations at home.
Editorial/ Yewe Yewe