In the past, you’ve had New Year’s Eve planned weeks in advance.
You’ve RSVPed, checked yes on an e-vite, or purchased a ridiculously expensive ticket to some open-bar rager in the city. Enter 2020.
This year, we’re spending NYE differently, but there are still ways to celebrate a new year safely with your “pod” of people.
This New Year’s Eve may be one of the most memorable as each of us will be avoiding the crowded bars and nightclubs.
Exchanging the club for a cozy, casual NYE can still bring a little sparkle and festivity to your home by enjoying one of these low-key activities where we can toast, together or virtually, to a happier 2021.
Here are 7 ways to enjoy a low-key stay-at-home NYE:
1. Enjoy Great Food
Indulge In Takeout
As 2020 comes to a close, take advantage of the growing number of food delivery services and order a guilt-free feast from all your favorite takeout locations.
A Wine & Cheese Pairing
Try to splurge on a few upscale wines and cheeses to have an “at home” tasting.
This selection of snacks automatically invites a fancier ambiance to the evening and will help you to feel like you’re at a vineyard or restaurant. You can even use a delivery service like Minibar to have your wine shipped directly to your door.
Plan a Potluck
Put your cooking skills to the test by making a full course meal. You can dress up in your NYE’s best attire or keep it comfy in your sweatpants.
Create a Signature 2020 Cocktail
Learn from trained mixologists about classic cocktails on sites like Masterclass or SkillShare or challenge someone to create the “Best Signature 2020 Cocktail” by creating a drink entirely of your own imagination.
2. Enjoy a Wellness Night
Pamper Yourself With A “Stay-at-Home” Spa Night
Everyone can use a night to unwind.
Whether it’s a face mask, essential oils, a pedicure, and every other treatment you can try or you just want to lounge around in a comfy robe, you deserve a night to chill out and relax.
3. Just Have Fun
There are so many ways to have movie marathons these days.
With a combination of streaming services and on-demand, you can find almost every movie you’d ever want to watch.
Another big change of 2020 was that many of the big films we’d expect to see in theaters were released directly to on-demand or specific streaming services, so for fans of these films, such as Wonder Woman 1984 on Dec. 25 to HBO Max, you may have a chance to have your “red carpet” movie release on NYE in your living room.
Have a Game Night
Maybe you’ve had enough TV. You’ve streamed all the series, even the ones you didn’t enjoy, and you’re looking for something new. A board game might be the solution.
A throwback to the days before we were so involved with our phones and technology might be a great way to ring in the New Year with fresh eyes and a new perspective.