All holidays and celebrations this year have required us to be creative and find the joy in the small everyday things that are right in front of us. Just like all of the other holidays this season, the CDC stills suggests you limit your gatherings to the people you are in direct contact with on a daily basis (i.e. your roommates). Even with places being closed and the ability to throw a party with a large group of people has been squashed it doesn’t mean that this New Year's Eve celebration will be a dud.
In fact, we found 11 different ways you can spice up and enjoy your New Year’s Eve celebrations in the safety of your rental this year.
1. Dress Up!
2020 has been the year of comfy sweatpants, knitted sweater sets, and day clothes that can easily turn into sleepwear. In order for it to really feel like your typical New Year’s Eve you’ll need to dress up as if you were actually going to leave the house! You can skip your comfy sets for one evening knowing it’ll help you get in the spirit of celebrating.
2. Festive Drinks
Restaurants and bars may be closed, but you can still mix a drink and pretend your kitchen counter is the hottest spot in town! Here are 11 cocktail recipes and 12 mocktail recipes for you to cheers the New Year with.
3. Video Call Friends and Family
Live alone? Schedule a Zoom or Facetime with family and friends to ring in the New Year! Spend time catching up, talking about goals for the year, reminisce on the good things that happened this year (positive only!), play New Year Trivia, etc.
4. Actually Watch Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve
Instead of just turning on the nearest T.V. at 11:58 P.M. to participate in the countdown and watch the ball drop, actually watch the show and the performances from popular artists like Miley Cyrus, Cindi Lauper, Nelly, JLo, and more.
Curious what other New Year’s Eve celebrations are happening? Here’s a list of all the different New Year’s Eve T.V. Specials.
5. Movie Marathon
Don’t want to watch a New Year’s Eve special? Pick a movie series and start a marathon! Good ones to start are Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, a Marvel character, etc. All can be rented through iTunes or streamed through any number of providers like HBOMax.
End the year with a laugh by gathering up your roommates to play games! Pull out your favorite board games or see if any stores nearby have any of these highly popular board games in stock you can curbside pickup. You can also play games that only require you to download and print out the needed materials.
7. Dance Party
No better way to ring in the New Year than by turning up your favorite tunes and dancing your heart away. Want to include more people in your dance party? Make it a virtual one using these simple instructions.
8. Epic Appetizers
Whether you choose to watch a New Year’s Eve special, watch a movie marathon, have a dance party, or play board games no party is complete without food. Make it simple on everyone within your rental by making lots of appetizers for people to munch on throughout the night. From simple to fancy, here are 65 different appetizers to make.
9. Confetti at Midnight
New Year’s Eve isn’t complete until someone has exploded a confetti popper! You can purchase the small ones for easy clean up or go big with 12” confetti poppers from Walmart.
10. Sleepover in the Living Room
Make the evening different from all the other holidays you’ve celebrated in your rental this year by ending it with a sleepover in the living room. Grab someone’s mattress or all the extra blankets and pillows and end the year together.
11. New Year’s Day Brunch
Complete the entire celebration by making sure you have all you need to make a tasty New Year’s Day brunch the next morning. A delicious brunch is a great way to not only officially ring in the New Year but to wrap the celebrations. Don’t want to spend your morning in the kitchen? Follow any of these 61 make-ahead brunch recipes to allow for a relaxing start to 2021.
There you have it! Eleven different ways to make celebrating New Year’s Eve in your rental as fun and memorable as can be.
From all of us at Hignell Rentals, Happy New Year!