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5 Fun Ways to Celebrate a Much-Welcomed New Year

Plate of pancakes with syrup, berries, and sparklers on top.

While the bustling parties and champagne toasts may be a no-go this year, that doesn’t mean you have to cancel your New Year’s Eve events. Say goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021 in a socially-distanced, COVID-safe fashion—and still have a good time. We’re sharing our favorite New Year's Eve celebrations to help you safely ring in the new year without sacrificing the fun and excitement we all look forward to!

Serve Midnight Brunch

Staying up until midnight to watch the famous Times Square Ball Drop calls for refueling. Instead of the typical New Year's Eve party snacks and appetizers, start 2021 off with the most important meal of the day—even if it’s a little early (or late!). Get the whole family involved, divvy up dishes, and serve breakfast brunch-style. We love this Crazy Pancake recipe from Associa Cookbook Volume II: Fan Favorites!     

Have a Movie Marathon

What’s better than one New Year’s Eve movie? A whole marathon. While the New Year’s Eve movie selection may be a little limited compared to other holidays, there are still plenty of feel-good flicks with warm-and-fuzzy December 31st moments. Grab some popcorn, cozy up on the couch, and watch your favorite movies or a few of these New Year’s Eve classics.

Take a Socially Distant Getaway

After this year, a change of scenery may be what you need. Take social distancing to a whole new level by booking a quick, secluded getaway for some New Year's fun. Getaway offers simple escapes to tiny cabins nestled in nature so you can unplug and relax. They’re also taking extra steps to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for their team and guests amid the pandemic.

Create a Vision Board

For many, New Year's Eve is all about setting goals and making resolutions. Get a head start by spending the night creating a vision or dream board depicting your wishes and plans for 2021. Gather the following supplies in advance so you’ll be set for the night:

  • Poster board
  • Magazine
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Stickers

For added entertainment and inspiration, hop on Zoom and make it a virtual activity with your family and friends!

Throw a Slumber Party

A great way to see New Year's Eve events from home and bring the entire family together is to  have a slumber party. Have everyone put on their favorite pajamas, grab their pillows, and camp out in the living room for some fun and games for all ages. Need some ideas? Check out our article, “Four Board Games Your Crew Will Love,” on page 25 of the Fall/Winter 2020 issue of Coming Home.