7 Fun Ways to Have a Low-Key New Year's Eve
With the dawn of a new year hitting mid-week, an understated evening may be in order.
New Year's Eve falls on a week night this year, which means we will be welcoming 2020 by going back to work, not partying like it's 1999. Prince would be sorely disappointed.
But not all is lost. Just because the holiday falls mid-week doesn't mean you can't celebrate the dawn of a new year in festive fashion. Here are seven ideas for a low-key New Year's Eve celebration that's still lots of fun and designed for great, lasting memories:
1. Host a movie marathon.
Gather up your closest pals, and rent or buy the best movies of the year. Then, hunker down for a quiet movie night at home. Kick things up a notch by preparing a series of snack bars — think popcorn, nachos, or ice cream — with all the fixings for guests to assemble a plate or bowl throughout the night. Classic movies that feature one or more scenes during New Year's Eve include: When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless In Seattle, The Poseidon Adventure, and About A Boy.
2. Organize a game night.
If your friends aren't much for movies, consider a game night. Have every guest bring their favorite board or card game (anything that can be played with a crowd), and gather up the best shareable snacks. The top games of 2019 include Telestrations After Dark, Adult Loaded Questions, and Catan. For snacks, we recommended guacamole and buffalo chicken dip, two Hall of Fame recipes that have earned five-star ratings, hundreds of rave reviews from home cooks, and a lasting place on the Allrecipes Top 20 list of favorites.
3. Plan a dinner party.
Kick the at-home festivities up a notch by hosting your own fancy dinner party, complete with all the recipes you have collected on Pinterest boards this year but never had a chance to make. Break out the fancy dishes! Use the cloth napkins! Dust off the water goblets! This is your time to shine as a host with the most, so don't hold back.
4. Cook with friends.
If preparing an entire feast alone is not your idea of a good time, consider sharing the load with your friends and family. Hosting a cooking party allows your guests to bring all the ingredients to your kitchen, so you can enjoy each other's company while everything is cooking. Consider it a 2020 take on the traditional potluck!
5. Enjoy time with one another.
How many times is it said throughout the year, "We should do this more often?" Set the date for 12/31, and invite the whole family over to celebrate the new year. Think outside the box, and send digital invitations, organize a scavenger hunt or lineage-based trivia, and mix up a specialty cocktail with an ancestral moniker. Nothing says, "New Year!" quite like remembering where you came from.
6. Say farewell to 2019 in a sweat.
5... 4... 3... 2... Workout! Many places offer celebratory fitness classes to get the new year off on the right foot. Consider restorative yoga, aerial silks, or cardio dance fitness to get you soaring into a new calendar and outside our physical comfort zone. Don't belong to a gym? No sweat. Most classes are open to the public or held in open gyms for a small fee. Check your local paper to see what might be available near you.
7. Get some good rest.
"It's just another New Year's Eve, another night like all the rest…" Barry Manilow was right — New Year's Eve is just another night. Take advantage of others heading out on the town for a quiet night at home to pamper yourself. Try out a new skincare routine, take a hot bath, indulge in a face mask, and get to bed early. Waking up fresh and relaxed in a new year has never felt so good!
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