This year, New Year's Eve is going to look a little different than usual (here's why). There will be no grand celebrations and the worst part is, we won't be able to go see the ball drop at Times Square either. Well, not unless you could see it from your home or window. But what you can see is from your window is the Christmas Star!
Hey, there's no need to feel so bad about it. It's essential to lower the risk of COVID-19 spread and it's for our own safety. However, that doesn't mean that you can't still celebrate New Year's Eve in style (yet don't forget to avoid these fashion mistakes).
Here are 19 amazing ideas on how to celebrate the coming year at home. Plus 23 MP3s to elevate your mood on this holiday season!
1. Arrange a Brunch
Who doesn't love a light yet delicious brunch? We think it's the best meal of the day. So why not include it in your plans for the last day of the year. Gather your family around the table and enjoy some festive snacks such as strawberry cheesecake, sandwiches and drinks. Get yourself a glass of champagne, as it's never too early for that on New Year's Eve.
2. Decorate the House
New Year's Eve isn't New Year's Eve without disco overload. It doesn't matter if you're not going to host a big New Year's party this year, you can still decorate your house with glittery goods. Blow up some over-the-top balloons and ribbons. If you're someone who loves taking pictures, then you can also consider getting a photo backdrop. See: White House's most controversial Christmas decoration!
3. Make a Scrapbook
It's not likely that we'll forget 2020 anytime soon. The year was full of priceless memories, even if they were made over zoom. By making a scrapbook, you can collect all those memories and put them together. You can open it up and go through it whenever you feel like re-living all those memories. Here's are some great card ideas for you!
4. Dress Up
Get dressed up even if you have nowhere to go. It'd be a terrible idea to spend New Year's Eve 2021 in pyjamas; you'll only end up feeling sad and lonely. So, trust us, and put on one of your best party dresses, throw on some makeup and turn up the music! Spend the night doing your own count down to the new year and dance till the clock strikes 12.
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5. Have a Photoshoot
It would be a nightmare not to have an eye-catching post for Instagram on New Year's Eve! Here's an idea. Make your own props and a photo booth to take some of the most amazing pictures for your social media. You don't want your cat to be the only one to see you in that amazing dress. Besides, taking cute pictures is one of the most fun ways to celebrate.
6. Write Down Your Resolution (but please not this one)
We're sure there are somethings on your mind that you would like to accomplish in the new year. Even if you have never done it before, this year write down your resolution. Try to include everything from your personal life and your career to the list. It'll motivate you to strife for your gaols when you look at them later in the year.
7. Play a Game
Ask your family members to get together. If everyone lives in the same house, that's great. If not, then zoom can do a good enough job. When you have everyone together, propose to play a game (here's some amazing games for you). It could be a board game such as Bingo or Scrabble or something like Family Feud. It'll help you bond with your family and everyone will have a blast on New Year Eve.
8. Mix a Cocktail
It's no secret that New Year's Eve is all about drinking and partying. But this year drink something other than a mimosa. You can experiment with drink mixing. Look up recipes of different cocktails and make some for yourself. The good thing is, you'll be in the safety of your home, so you'll be fine even if things get a little crazy.
9. Create a Memory Jar
One of the simplest yet fun New Year's Eve ideas is to create a memory jar. Don't know what that is? It's pretty simple. Take a mason jar or a regular one and put in a piece of paper with your favourite New Year memory for this year. Continue doing that over the next 12 month and on the Eve of 2022; you can open the memory jar and relive the best moments from 2021.
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10. Make a Festive Dinner
Welcome the new year while having an extravagant dinner. We're not suggesting that you dine out at some fancy restaurants, that would go against all our safety tips. What we're saying is, whip something up at home. Maybe roast a chicken and have some sides dishes with it. When you're enjoying a delicious dinner, you'll forget all the grievances about not going to a raving New Year's party.
11. Watch a Classic
Watching a classic like the Bridget Jone's Diary or About Time can be the perfect end to the year. While the New Years movie genre might not be as established as the Christmas one, there's a long list of movies you can watch. So, pick one of your favourites, light a few candles and put it up on a big screen and enjoy. We promise you it'll be one of your best New Year's Eve party ideas ever.
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12. Bake a Delicious Dessert
Sweeten up the celebrations with a delicious dessert. After surviving such a hectic year, a sugary treat is something we all deserve. Go online to check some recipes and start baking. Once you have the mountain of desserts ready, dig in as soon as the clock strikes 12 and the ball drops.
13. Virtual Chat with Friends
It's okay if you can't meet up with your friends and family as you do every year on New Year's Eve. This year, things are a little different, so why not adapt to these changes. Ask all your close people to come online at the same time and have a fun and loving group chat. You all can count to midnight together as well.
14. Create a Video Montage
A great idea would be to create a video montage of your memories from the past year and play it at midnight. You can even play it in your virtual chat with friends. Things are bound to get emotional but it'll be memorable.
15. Make a Toast
It doesn't matter if you're alone, a great New Year's Eve idea would be to pop a bottle of champagne. Dedicate the glass to all the incredible, happy, and sad experiences you've had over the past year. Extra points for you if you serve the drink in a statement glass.
16. Have a Treasure Hunt
One of the best things to do when waiting for the new year to arrive is to have a treasure hunt. If you're living with your family, it can be very interesting. List down all your favourite memories from the past year as a family and write clues related to them. You're bound to have a great time.
17. Get Loud
When the clock strikes 12, you'll want to make some noise. A great New Year's Eve ideas 2021 is that you invest in some noisemakers – those pots and pans won't be enough this year. And don't forget to play these classic MP3 songs made for holiday season!
18. Watch the Ball Drop
Huge crowds are restricted to gather because of the pandemic so this year the Times Square ball drop will also go virtual. You can tune in on your TV and watch the incredible performances of all the artists from the comfort of your home. It'll be a great way to count down till midnight, along with other people, so you don't feel lonely.
19. Create your own Confetti
As you'll have a lot of free time being at home alone, why not use it to make your own balloon filled Confetti. All you'll need is some balloons and ribbon that can be cut into tiny pieces. Fill the balloons with the Confetti and blow them up, and when the ball drops, you can have your own confetti shower at midnight.
Now that you've gone through this article, we're sure you won't have any problem with staying at home and celebrating New Year's Eve while being safe from the virus.
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