By MEGAN K. SCOTT
Associated Press Writer
No need to spend a fortune on a swanky dinner, admission to an upscale club, a babysitter or a big blowout bash this Dec. 31
Here are some cheap and fun ways to ring in the New Year.
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— A clothing swap.
Start the new year with a clean closet and free clothes. Ladies can trade clothes and accessories, says Heather Flett, co-author of "The Rookie Mom's Handbook," who has had several of these parties. Guys can trade video games, CDs and gift cards.
— A spa night.
Have a pampering evening with your close girlfriends, says Maggie Gallant of Rogers & Cowan, a PR firm.
— A game night.
Some of your friends will score a new game or even a new gaming system over the holidays, says Flett. The host is the person with the biggest television.
— A fondue party.
A twist on the traditional potluck. Guests can be assigned specific fondue elements to bring and pots can be rented through a local rental company, says Judy Allen, co-founder of Sensual Home Living.
— A sleepover.
Give the kids a slumber party with a babysitter upstairs, says Angela Gala of Rogers and Gala Creative Partners. Host couple provides hors d'oeuvres. Visiting couples, breakfast. Dinner is take out — and dutch.
— A movie binge.
Sitting in front of the TV is much more fun if you have a mission, says Flett. "Watch all six 'Star Wars' movies or catch up on two seasons worth of 'Mad Men,'" she says.
— A romantic evening.
A take out dinner by candelight with lingerie and soft music. It's fun, romantic and very economical, says love coach Robin Gorman Newman.
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