Celebrating New Year’s at home

23rd December 2020 Olivia Rogerson Accommodation, London Life

So things are going to be a little different this New Year’s Eve but that doesn’t mean we can’t still mark the occasion and have some fun. Here are some ideas for how you can spend your New Year’s at home this year…

Prepare some cocktails or mocktails

Whether you’re going to be on your own or with your family/flatmates, why not enjoy a nice cocktail or mocktail? Some of our favourite New Year’s options include a strawberry Bellini, a cranberry mimosa, candy floss champagne or even a sparkling sangria.

Our fave mocktail options would be a sparkly ginger cranberry mocktail, a watermelon cooler, alcohol free champagne or a virgin mimosa. Or why not get creative and make your own!

For some great recipe ideas check out:

spaceshipsandlaserbeams.com/29-cocktail-and-mocktail-recipes-for-new-years-eve/

 

Have lots of snacks!

Snacks are a must when you’re celebrating anything. Since its New Year’s why not make it a little more fancy and formal? Super easy and super yummy to create. All you need are some small serving bowls or plates and your choice of nibbles. The great thing about these is that they are super customisable. Nuts, olives, crackers, different cheeses, crisps, different charcuterie (prosciutto, chorizo, salami), vegetable sticks, cocktail sausages etc. But if you’re feeling a little lazy, you can always just order a take away.

 

Get a sparkly outfit

Even if you’re staying home, that doesn’t mean you can’t wear something a little sparkly to get into the mood. You can go all out and don you most fancy celebration outfit or perhaps go for something a little bit cosier. Lounge wear and a pair of sparkly slippers would be just as fun. Our favourite option is a sparkly top with some comfortable trousers. Perfect for all those New Year’s selfies you may be taking or even just to feel cute while watching your favourite movies.

 

Pull out the board games and playing cards

If you don’t live alone, whether it’s flatmates or you’re just visiting family, board games/card games are always a good choice. Maybe avoid Monopoly if you don’t feel like starting any arguments. A good deck of cards is always a firm favourite because the choice of games is endless, from go fish to black jack, we’ve got you covered. If you want something a little different though, amazon has a huge selection of board games and card games, a popular one is definitely cards against humanity (but it’s not for the faint of heart). Here’s a useful list of some of the best card games:

www.thesimplethings.com/blog/cardschool

 

Find a good list of movies to watch

Thanks to good old Netflix, we have a huge choice of different types of movies just a click away. Our favourite thing to do, a couple days before New Year’s, is to start making a movie bucket list, any movie you think looks good and want to watch, write it down, that way on the day you have a number of options ready to go. Or maybe just re-watch classic movies that you already love.  If you live alone, you can still watch all your movies with your friends and family. Just use Teleparty:

www.netflixparty.com/

 

Have a dance party

A dance party is always a New Year’s must. Put on your favourite playlist and dance the night away with your family or flatmates. If you live alone, don’t worry, just create a zoom dance party:

zoom.us/

 

Get gaming!

Ok so dance parties aren’t everyone’s first choice activity, which is fine. You may just prefer video games, and you don’t need any fancy equipment either (sorry PS5). The games you choose to play will all come down to your personal preference. Why not go for this year’s favourite “Among Us”, perfect to play with your friends:

apps.apple.com/us/app/among-us/id1351168404 – Also available for android and pc

 

Journal about the past year and what you want to achieve in the coming year

Despite the year being a little crazier than usual, it’s always good to try and look on the bright side of things. Make a list of all the good things that happened this year, even the small things, anything that made you smile. After that, make a list of everything you want to achieve in the coming year, from trying a new workout routine to learning to cook new recipes.

 

Share a new year’s kiss (emoji of course) with someone

We can’t all be with our loved ones this New Year’s, so we can’t all get a New Year’s kiss this year. Instead, why not send a kiss emoji to your loved ones so they know you’re thinking about them.

 

The celebrations don’t have to stop on the 1st of January, why not make yourself a delicious brunch, cuddle up in bed and binge watch some TV shows, continue writing those New Year’s resolutions and get excited for an amazing new year.

Olivia Rogerson

Olivia Rogerson

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