I have some great news: 2020 is almost over! Although we’re still carefully navigating COVID-19, there’s hope that sometime in 2021, we’ll be able to breathe a sigh of relief. Unfortunately, not on New Year’s Eve. So, yes, the night will look a bit different than past years—like every other holiday this year. But that doesn’t mean you can’t safely celebrate and have a memorable night.
From things like putting on your chef hat to live-streaming fireworks, here are great ideas to ring in the New Year while keeping the family safe. Can’t wait for 2021!
Ideas to Safely Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Home
Set up an at-home “photo booth”
Document the start of 2021 with a family photo booth! All you need are some decorations—festive signs and glitter are a must—and a Polaroid camera (your smartphone works, too). Snap some pics of your family or friends to remember the special night.
Enjoy a traditional good luck meal
There is such a thing as good luck foods! Several cultures have meals and ingredients they eat to celebrate the New Year. In China and Japan, long noodles symbolize a long and prosperous life. And in the Southern U.S., black-eyed peas bring good luck. Similarly, coin-shaped foods, such as mandarin oranges and lentils, are said to bring you prosperity. A fun one: At midnight, it’s a Spanish tradition to pop 12 grapes in your mouth, one for each stroke of the clock. No need to cook for that one!
Watch the fireworks from your laptop
Large gatherings are obviously not happening this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some dazzling fireworks to kick off 2021. The famous New Year’s Eve celebration that’s normally held on the Las Vegas Strip is going virtual this year; the LVCVA will livestream the show on its website, Facebook page and YouTube channel. The event also includes a contest for a trip to Las Vegas! Many other displays in cities across the world will also take place online, so you can stream right from your couch!
Stream the Times Square Ball Drop from home
For the first time since it started in 1907, Times Square New Year’s Eve bash will take place totally virtually. The ball drop will stream via a live feed from 10 vantage points. Throughout the day, thanks to a rolling live feed from EarthCam, everyone can watch New Year’s Eve celebrations taking part in other world cities, including Sydney.
Just download the free “NYE” app or go to NYE2021.com to find out about all the special events. So far, they’ve announced the chance to create a personal avatar to play games, the option to take a virtual selfie at Times Square and share wishes with friends around the world. There will also be a shout-out from the crew aboard the International Space Station!
Have a family pajama party
Make New Year’s Eve a family event with festive pajamas for the entire family—even for your pets! Treat everyone to matching family pajamas that will make counting down to midnight even more fun. Cozy up to a good movie. I recommend When Harry Met Sally, the New Year’s Eve party scene is so touching!
Celebrate with some fun champagne flutes
Cheersing to the New Year is always fun, but it can be even better with some light-up glasses! These flutes from Amazon ($20.99) are super cute, come in six different colors and are activated by pouring liquid into them. Ideal for a special New Year’s toast at home!
Dress up in fancy apparel anyway
Even though there won’t be lavish parties to attend, you can still get all glammed up on New Year’s Eve! Take off the leggings, toss on your favorite going-out outfit and pump the party playlist for a fun night in. If you’re looking for something new, I recommend this adorable DYNY dress from Macy’s (those sleeves are everything!). A classy dance party in your living room sounds like the best way to welcome 2021!
Livestream a virtual party
There are so many parties going virtual this year, and Eventbrite has you covered with a list of events for free or at low costs. From Snoop Dogg’s Virtual New Year’s Eve Special (which is free!) to the New Year’s Eve International Global Gala, they really have something for everyone.
Got ideas you want to share with our team? Email us at [email protected]! We’d love to hear from you. Happy New Year!