Who says you can’t ring in the new year from the comfort of your own home? Hunker down for a cozy celebration this winter without compromising any of the fun. Pop the Champagne or the sparkling apple cider, and be merry with these family-friendly New Year’s activities.
Make it a Formal Affair
Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you need to be in sweats. Make the night feel special by having everyone dress in their best black-tie attire (sparkles encouraged).
Do Hourly Activities
Each hour on the hour leading up to midnight, play a fun game to ramp up the anticipation. The possibilities are endless, think Minute To Win It style (cup stacking contests, egg-spoon races, trivia games, etc.).
Make Dinner an Experience
Let the family pick from a buffet of goodies without making dinner. Instead of a traditional meal, opt for a night of appetizers. Take a trip down your local grocer’s freezer aisle and grab pigs in a blanket, shrimp cocktail supplies and whatever small bites that catch your eye.
Collect Your Thoughts
Encourage your family to sit down and think back on the year. What went well? What are you grateful for? What are you looking forward to in the new year? While New Year’s resolutions are often quickly forgotten, entering the year thoughtfully can set you off on the right foot.
Cheat the Countdown
For families with rambunctious kids (who may not know everything about time zones), turn on the countdown from New York to give them the full countdown experience, while still being in bed at a decent hour. Added bonus, you can celebrate the real countdown in peace.