AUGUSTA — Maine Republicans are elated over their first Blaine House victory in two decades, but they won’t celebrate by dancing the night away.

In a nod to the weak economy, Republican Gov.-elect Paul LePage is opting against a glitzy gala inaugural ball with free-flowing champagne next month. Instead, there’s going to be a reception with a receiving line for Paul and his wife Ann at the Augusta Civic Center.

The invitation-only reception follows a Jan. 5 ceremony in which LePage will be sworn into office before a joint session of the Maine Legislature.

Senior political adviser Brent Littlefield says LePage was adamant about forgoing a ball. He says LePage is looking forward to “taking the basic oath, and going to work.”