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How to enjoy New Year’s Eve at Home with your household

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New Year’s Eve is going to look very different this year. Instead of heading out for a wild night on the town, many of us will be settling in for an evening on the couch with a guest list that is limited to the people in our household. But, with the right amount of planning, you can throw an incredible New Year’s Eve party right at home.

The past few months have been challenging for many of us and New Year’s Eve is the perfect day to reflect and reset. Before the clock strikes 12, grab a bottle of bubbly and get ready to celebrate with my Covid-19 secure New Year’s Eve ideas.

1. Make your own New Year’s Eve decorations.

Create personalised party hats for each family member and consider making a balloon drop for when the clock strikes midnight.

2. Make a memory board of your favourite 2020 moments.

This is a great way to reminisce over the good times during 2020 and celebrate a new start in 2021.

3. Cook up a feast for your household.

Pick out a dinner food that everyone enjoys but one which you do not get a chance to have very often. You could even consider making a meal out of appetisers for a more casual dinner that can be eaten throughout the night.

4. Create fun filled countdown bags to open hourly.

Fill small bags with different goodies to open up at every hour leading up to midnight including disposable cameras, activity tags, craft kits and snacks.

5. Put on your pyjamas, grab a bucket of popcorn and sit down for a movie marathon.

You could also use this time to watch old home videos and reminisce on the good times.

6. Host a games night to see in the New Year with laughter.

Bring out board games, card games, and even group video games to play as you wait for the clock to strike midnight.

7. Create a New Year’s Eve photo booth.

Arrange an area of your home to be the photo booth stage. Find a wall or background that you can use as a backdrop and decorate it with some holiday decorations of your written resolutions.

8. Get dressed up.

Bring out everyone’s best clothes and make the family feel like they are a part of a fancy New Year’s Eve party.

9. Have a virtual party.

Get your friends and family together remotely and celebrate with online games.

10. Create an at-home spa

Get creative about which ‘spa treatments’ you will offer, just don’t forget the candles and soft music.

11. Create a time capsule

Take a stroll down memory lane and create a family time capsule that you can bury on New Year’s Day and dig up years down the line.

12. Devise a treasure/ scavenger hunt.

Create a treasure hunt, complete with clues and prizes around your house or garden. You could even include acts that the ‘huntee’ has to perform when they get to each destination.

13. Go camping, indoors!

Get a small tent, put on a fire, roll out the sleeping bags and settle in for some ‘outdoor’ fun. If you are brave enough, you could even venture outside and celebrate the new year under the stars.

14. Dare to dream planning.

Dream big and discuss where you want to be in 5, 10 or 15 years. Alternatively, you could write a bucket list for 2021, not forgetting major events like birthdays and anniversaries.

15. Sing, make toasts and celebrate.

When the clock strikes midnight, everyone should have their drinks prepared to toast and wish everyone a Happy New Year. After midnight, you can all sing the song, ‘Auld Lang Syne’ which is typically associated with ringing in the New Year.

Remember that change doesn’t have to be a bad thing, embrace a New Year’s Eve at home and make the most of the humble celebrations.

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