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How to celebrate the end of year in lockdown

Just because you can’t go out doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the end of the year in style, and we’ve got a few ideas to start planning your celebrations and make the start of one summer you’ll never forget. 

Have a virtual house party
Just because you can’t get together with your friends doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate together. Try hosting a virtual party; pick a theme, curate the perfect playlist and dance the night away in your living room.

Cook up something special 
What’s a celebration without some good food? A load of Manchester restaurants have released recipe ideas for you to try and cook up yourself, or you could order meal kits for collection if you’re still in the city. If not, why not order your favourite local takeaway and treat yourself. 

Play games with your friends
A games night is a great way to celebrate with your friends, and there’s a few options. If one of you has a Jackbox Party Pack you can play along with the host through an app on your phone, laptop or smart TV, and it’s a great way to connect with socially distanced friends. 

Dress to impress
All dressed up with nowhere to go? That’s the idea! There’s no reason you can’t get dressed up in lockdown, and it’ll make your night feel that bit more special. You could also try a fancy dress party and pick a prize for the winning look! 

Pack up a picnic
If a house party isn’t your thing, why not celebrate the end of exams with a picnic party? Pack up some healthy snacks, grab a blanket and have a socially distanced relax at the park with your household or friends.  

Happy hour at a virtual pub 
The pubs may still be shut, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pretend you’re there. You could try out a virtual happy hour and knock up your best cocktail or non-alcoholic drink of choice, and there’s loads of pub quizzes out there to join in with too. 

Do some karaoke 
If you’re tired of the usual pub quiz and zoom, why not switch things up with a karaoke night? You can sing a duet, solo, or join a group performance with the app Smule and belt out your favourite karaoke songs with your friends. 

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