It’s no secret that 2020 handed us a curveball. Plans were derailed and we were all thrown off course, forced to navigate a different, uncertain path.
While many of us won’t be attending New Year’s Eve parties this year, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the new year by staying in. We’re all ready to say goodbye to 2020.
1.Break out the games
Have some good old-fashioned fun with your favorite board games or card games.
2. Play virtual games
Minute-to-Win-It games can be found everywhere online and are a fun way to stay entertained. You can name as many celebrities as you can think of before the timer runs out or thread as many needles as you can in one minute, for example.
3. Watch the ball drop
People won’t gather around Times Square this year, but we can still watch the ball drop at midnight. Tune into your local channel to catch the countdown.
4. Dress up
Put on some of your favorite clothes and get into the holiday spirit.
5. Host a virtual midnight toast
You don’t have to be alone at midnight. Have a BYOB midnight toast over Zoom with friends and family. Make some noise, pour your own drinks, and toast together
6. Have a movie marathon
Stay up late and watch old favorites, like Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. You can even dress up like the characters to get into the movie spirit.
7. Have a slumber party
Forget your beds, make a fort and sleep in the living room.
8. Smash a piñata
If you have kids, what better way to create excitement for the New Year than with candy?
9. Make some noise
Get pots and pans ready to smack together at midnight or make your own noisemakers.
10. Take a moment to reflect
Print a list of reflection questions, like this one from TheArtofSimple.net. Cut them up, put them in a bowl, and pass them around the room. Everyone can take turns sharing their thoughts on 2020.
11. Focus on your resolutions
Decide what you want to focus on in 2021. Write your resolutions down and take time each month to plan, pause and reset to make 2021 your year.
12. Prepare a feast
You can celebrate all day by cooking a New Year’s dinner with all the fixings.
13. Order in
Don’t want to cook? Check what your local restaurants are offering for take out dining options.
14. Don’t forget dessert
Make your favorite treat early so it’s ready to eat when the clock strikes midnight.
15. Make your own drink
Make your own cocktail and have a toast.
16. Sing it out
Test your singing skills with a karaoke session.
17. Dance it off
Consider turning your living room into a ballroom. Get dressed up, set a playlist to your favorite dance tunes and jam it out.
18. Get crafty
Make a scrapbook of 2020 with all your favorite memories. It was certainly a unique year.
19. Play a guessing game
Have everyone take turns writing down their resolution, place them into a hat and guess which resolution goes with which person.
20. Have a mock midnight
Don’t want to stay up until midnight? Celebrate midnight at your own time with a mock midnight before you go to bed, or celebrate midnight in another country. This is perfect for kids that don’t want to stay up late.
21. Set alarm clocks
Gather as many alarm clocks as you can and set them to ring at midnight.
Written by Katy Savage