New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest nights of the year. Whether you see it as a chance to start fresh, a great way to reflect on the good times of the year gone by, or an opportunity to continue the festivities from Christmas, it’s often a great excuse to party with your family and friends.
This year, it’s likely to look a little different from previous. Whether it’s due to current regulations, or you want to do something a bit different to going out, you might be looking at a New Year’s Eve at home with the family or a close circle of friends this year. Struggling for ideas, or lacking inspiration? We’ve put together some fun and interesting ideas, so that you can have the most special New Years Eve at home.
What can you do on New Year’s Eve at home?
A New Year’s at home can be a really fun event: all the pressure of big parties, going out, and the busyness this brings is replaced with quality time with your nearest and dearest. Here are some great ideas that you can bring to the table this year.
New Year’s Eve home décor
First things first, you want to make the backdrop sparkle. It’s time to spruce up the Christmas decorations even further and go all out New Year’s Eve. Think glitzy and glittery, golds, bronzes and silvers, and some beautiful lights for a warm evening glow. If you’re feeling crafty this year, why not make some decorations? Try large paper stars to hang from your ceiling or wall for some extra NYE party glam.
As well as décor, why not get crafty with some personalised party favours this year? While it may only be your usual household, make them feel special with homemade, bespoke pieces. Personalise your champagne bottles, make beautiful table settings, or create a festive activities kit to use that evening.
Get dressed up
It might seem silly to get dressed up when it’s just you and the family at home, but it’s a great way to make the night feel even more special. Set a black tie dress code, or even a theme to make things even more interesting. Why not go all out James Bond, with casino games, cocktails and ball gowns?
New Year’s party games to play at home
If you can’t play games on New Year’s Eve, when can you? Make the most of being around a smaller group of people this year and get involved in some fun activities and games. Dust off all your old board games, bring some new ones, or even make up a personalised game for your group! If you’re looking for a low budget option, opt for card games, charades, or activities like Pictionary. It’s a sure way to get everyone involved, laughing, and having a good time.
In need of some game inspiration? Take a look at the new card and board games that were released this year.
Low key movie night
Not interested in getting all glammed up? The beauty of being at home is that you can make it as low key as you wish. Rather get your close friends round for a movie night? Why not! Set the dress code as dress down and get into comfy pyjamas and slippers, drink hot chocolate, and supply your favourite snacks. This is a great option if you’re at home with the kids too!
It might be a stranger event this year, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t capture the memories. Echo New Year’s Eves of years gone by and make sure to take photos. You could even encourage it in your preparations, making a picture wall with balloons, or have photo props so you can take booth like photos.
What do you eat on a New Year’s Eve at home?
So you’ve got the activities planned, but what about the food?
Why not extend your theme to the food? Mimic fancy New Year’s parties with caviar blinis, crostinis with brie and cranberries, and beautiful cocktails. Or make an extravagant main. Whether it be lobster or beef wellington, why not see in the new year in luxury?
If decadence isn’t your thing, aim for a cosier, more sociable feast. What could be more fitting than a cheese fondue? Bunch together round a table with gorgeous wine and your favourite cheese accompaniments for a more relaxed New Year’s dining experience.
Aside from the midnight prosecco or champagne toast, try something a bit creative this year with your New Years’ drinks. This is the perfect time for you to test out a cocktail or mocktail you’ve had your eye on. You could even get each person to create their own festive drink for the occasion!
You should now be ready to prepare for the best New Year’s Eve at home! Make sure to share your best New Year’s decor photos with us over on social media using #OakFurnitureland.