How to Enjoy New Years Eve at Home With Your Family

Spending New Year's Eve with at home with your family can be a fantastic opportunity to bond, have fun together, and bring in the New Year with your loved ones. With all the possibilities for fun food, drinks, games and activities, spending New Years Eve at home can be a real treat.


[Edit]Planning Food and Drinks For the Night

  1. Make a homemade meal. Considering that ordering out on New Year's Eve often costs more (since prices are usually increased for the holiday), this is a good excuse to splurge a little and make a family meal at home. Pick out dinner food that everyone enjoys but you dont get a chance to have very often, like steak, chili, or lobster. This family meal can turn into a New Years Eve tradition.
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    • You could also consider making a meal out of appetizers.[1] This could lead to a more casual dinner setup, and the kids will like having the ability to pick and choose different kinds of food.[2]
    • Cheese fondue is another fun dinner idea for New Years Eve.[3] Eating cheese fondue with bits of bread and meats will require everyone to sit and eat together. You can take turns dipping your food into the cheese and tell stories from the past year as you eat.
  2. Make fun snacks and desserts. Consider making cookies, toffee, or other desserts that you can make together as a family and eat throughout New Years Eve night.[4] You can get even more in the New Years spirit by making New Years specific desserts. Lots of cultures have New Years Eve desserts like Vasilopita, a Greek New Years Eve cake baked with a coin hidden in the dough.[5] Whoever gets the piece of cake with the coin will have good luck for the upcoming year.
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    • Marshmallow countdown skewers are another fun dessert idea. Each marshmallow has two or three numbers drawn on with edible ink, and you can eat the marshmallows as you count down to midnight.[6]
    • A fun idea for New Years Eve kid friendly drinks are milk and cookie toasts. The kids can join in on the New Years toasts by clinking their milk glasses together and eating their cookies as they toast.[7]
  3. Make some holiday drinks and mocktails. Kids will love having hot cocoa, fruity soda pop, and sparkling grape juice on New Years Eve. You can even make other mocktails like strawberry-kiwi spritzers, cranberry sparklers, and peppermint drinks.[8] Be sure to use plastic champagne flutes or other plastic adult like glasses to make the kids feel really special.[9] Adults can make their own specialty drinks, or stick with classic champagne.
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    • If you or family members are starting to feel tired, consider making some fun coffee drinks with and without alcohol.[10]

[Edit]Having Fun Throughout The Night

  1. Have a family game night. Bring out board games, card games, and electronic games, and even group video games to play as you wait for the clock to strike midnight.[11] You could make up game tournaments, or try to play all the games at least once during the night.
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  2. Have a movie night. Pop in a movie you already have at home or rent a movie that you all have been wanting to see. Watching a movie can be just one aspect of your New Years Eve plans, or you can turn it into a movie marathon. During this time you can eat and drink different snacks that you have prepared for the night.[12]
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    • You can also use this time to watch old home videos and reminisce on good times.[13] Depending on how many home videos you have, you can make it a dinner time activity, or have them playing throughout the night.
  3. Create a New Years Eve photo booth. Arrange an area of your home to be the photo booth stage. Find a wall or background that you can use as a backdrop, and decorate it with some holiday decorations or your written resolutions.[14] You could even print out some masquerade type costume pieces, and have your very own photo props.[15]
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  4. Play dress up.[16] Bring out everyones best clothes and make everyone in the family feel like they are a part of a fancy New Years Eve party or ball. You could play music, dance, and everyones fancy outfits can make for some great photos.[17]
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  5. Make countdown bags to open every hour. Fill small bags with different snacks and goodies to open up at every hour leading up to midnight.[18] You can make as many bags as you want depending on how early you want to start opening the bags. Some ideas for bag fillers include:
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    • Disposable cameras[19]
    • Activity tags: watch a movie, eat ice cream, play a game, etc.[20]
    • Craft kits[21]
    • Candy
  6. Make your own New Years Eve decorations. Make your own party hats with some construction paper, string and decorating supplies.[22] You can also make your own New Years Eve noisemakers by putting rice, confetti, and glitter inside empty water bottles. Simply twist on the cap and shake to loudly bring in the New Year.[23] Consider making a balloon drop for when the clock strikes midnight:[24]
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    • Simply blow up balloons, and create netting around an overhead fan with some tape and wrapping paper or fabric.
    • Place all the balloons inside the netting, and release the balloons whenever you plan to ring in the New Year.[25]

[Edit]Celebrating The New Year

  1. Reflect on the past year and make resolutions together. Around midnight or throughout the night in general, you and your family can gather together and reminisce over where the past year has taken each of you individually, and as whole family. After, make and share resolutions for the New Year and what you hope to achieve. You can even try to make a resolution as a family and be each others accountability partners.[26][27]
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  2. Celebrate the New Year in a different time zone. If there are younger children, it may be hard for them to stay awake all the way until midnight. Consider celebrating the New Year with a different countrys midnight. For example, depending on where you are in the world, try ringing in the New Year with New York, Paris or Greenland.[28] That way, the kids can still celebrate the festivities, but also get to sleep at an earlier hour.
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    • To take it a step further, you can make whatever country's New Year you're celebrating the theme for the night.[29] If you want to celebrate Paris New Year, have crepes, fondue, quiche, wine, and cheeses.
  3. Sing, make toasts and celebrate. When the clock strikes midnight, everyone should have their drinks prepared to toast, embrace, and wish each other a Happy New Year. After midnight, you can all sing the song, Auld Lang Syne which is typically associated with ringing in the New Year.[30] This is the time to bring out the homemade noisemakers and bang on some pots and pans.[31]
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    • If the weather permits, go outside and light sparklers and watch fireworks as you hoop and holler celebrating the new year.[32]


  • Forgo the parties you really don't want to attend, and don't take on too many responsibilities. Instead, leave ample time for you and your family to have fun together.
  • If you're ordering in, make sure you do so early to avoid the rush of many people choosing to do the same thing!
  • Take care of anyone who seems bored or upset by spending the evening with the family. Teens and young adults especially can feel that they're missing out on all the fun if they feel stuck at home. Listen to them and ask them about their past year and what they're looking forward to this can be a good chance for some family bonding.
  • Some people like to have the TV countdown on in the background with the sound turned down; this helps everyone to keep an eye on the time. A radio show is also a good choice.
  • There is no obligation to stay up until midnight. No doubt there will be some family members who don't hang around all night! If you feel tired and want to nod off earlier, feel free to; it'll be next year when you wake up and you can hold your own morning ritual to greet the New Year.
  • Consider setting off fireworks if its permitted within an area.


  • If you spend the entire evening regretting being with the family and thinking that you ought to be doing something more exciting, then you'll have a hard time living in the moment and appreciating its value. It's going to be a lot easier and more fun if you accept that staying at home is just another fun way to spend New Year's Eve. Remember all that you won't have to put up with, things like long lines for taxis, drunken brawls, crowds acting crazy, and being slobbered all over by people who insist on kissing everyone as the New Year rings in!
  • Ensure responsible drinking in the household.
  • If you play loud music, be considerate of the neighbors. Even if it's New Year's Eve, some people still have babies and illnesses to contend with.

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