Looking for the best way to ring in the New Year? The following are 6 ideas for how to welcome the New Year in style:
6 Ways to Celebrate on New Year’s Eve
Host a Lucky Food Party
Invite guests to a potluck party where traditional “lucky” foods are served. These can include black-eyed peas and collard greens (to represent coins and dollar bills coming your way in the new year), long noodles (for a long life), ring-shaped foods (such as doughnuts or bagels, to represent the year coming full circle) and 12 grapes for each guest (to eat at midnight for luck during each month of the new year).
Gather ‘Round the Fire
A fire pit makes the perfect spot for guests to gather around and talk about the outgoing year, as well as their plans for the new one. Provide slips of paper for guests to write down something they’d like to let go of during the new year and invite them to toss their paper into the fire.
Remember Some of the Past Year’s Highlights
Print out some prompts on card stock for some of the best moments of the past year and pass them around in a bowl to let your guests answer. Some ideas include the best advice you were given this year, the best movie you saw, your favorite memory, or the biggest lesson you’ve learned.
Host a Family Game Night
Younger kids can sometimes be left out of New Year’s festivities, so include them in an at-home celebration with plenty of fun that will keep all ages happy. Bring out a pile of games and let everyone take turns choosing what to play. A movie and some popcorn will also help pass the time in a fun way, along with finger foods and kid-friendly drinks like sparkling cider and hot chocolate. Include some balloons, noisemakers, hats, and other fun accessories to help make the night even more fun.
Preserve Memories with a Photo Booth
With a backdrop, camera or phone and a few props, you can create a photo booth to provide your guests with some fun souvenirs. Look on Etsy and Pinterest for prop ideas, which can include signs, glasses, feather boas, gold foil curtains, and more.
Plan a New Year’s Day Brunch
Instead of focusing all your energy on New Year’s Eve, why not host a brunch on New Year’s Day? Invite friends and family for some smoothies, freshly squeezed juices and baked goods. You can even let them make their own pancakes or waffles – complete with toppings – if you’d like.
Do you have fun New Year’s Eve plans and ideas you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!