The year is coming to an end, and that means it’s time to start planning our New Year’s Eve celebrations if we haven’t already. You don’t necessarily have to find the hottest party in the neighborhood to ring in the new year. Sometimes, a small celebration at home can be the best way to celebrate the end of the old and the beginning of the new. Here are five creative ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the comfort of your own home.
There’s nothing more fun than a karaoke machine, even if you can’t carry a tune in a bucket. Buy, rent, or borrow a karaoke machine for your New Year’s festivities and spend the evening rocking out to old favorites, new hits or even show tunes. Plus, if you’ve got someone with a video camera, it can provide some great footage for the future! Keep the drinks flowing and the hits pumping. Just don’t get so into your new career as a lounge singer that you miss the strike of midnight.
Who says we have to ring in the New Year like adults? Leave adulting for another day and build a massive blanket fort in your living room. Use every piece of furniture you own, if you have to, and every sheet and blanket in your linen closet to create a blanket castle. Fill it with pillows and set it up so you can watch TV from the comfort of your new villa. Consider investing in spill-proof wine glasses if you’re going to enjoy some adult beverages while you wait for the ball to drop.
Board games are a tried and true way to pass the time until midnight on New Year’s Eve, but that doesn’t mean that you’re stuck playing Sorry, Twister, or Monopoly. Change things up this year if board games are on the agenda. Laugh until you cry with the Exploding Kittens or Cards Against Humanity card games. Try to prevent the Old Gods from awakening with Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu. The possibilities are endless, and you’ll have a lot more fun if you’re not trying to liven up an old favorite that you’ve played a million times.
It’s an old New Year’s tradition – as soon as the clock strikes midnight, you run outside and beat pots and pans together as loud as you can. It is derived from an old superstition. People believed that making noise at the beginning of a new year would chase away evil spirits. Who says we need to bang pots and pans together, though? Instead, roll out a bunch of bubble wrap on the floor and jump up and down on it as soon as the ball drops. You’ll make plenty of noise and won’t risk waking the neighbors! Plus, who doesn’t love popping bubble wrap?
Sure, we all have our phones and will likely take an infinite number of selfies during the New Year’s Eve festivities, but it’s not nearly as fun as taking photos with friends in a photo booth. All you need is a camera, some masks and somewhere to set up your booth where people won’t be wandering through. Once the party is over, print out the pictures and let your friends choose their favorites. You’ll make some fantastic memories, for the cost of a few pages of printer paper.
There are plenty of old traditions surrounding New Year’s Eve, but that doesn’t mean that we have to adhere to the same old boring activities every year. Try some of these new ideas out this year and make some new traditions of your own.