New Years Activities at Home: Tips & Ideas

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New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning your celebration! Even if you are not be able to go out and party, you can still enjoy a night of fun and festivities. Staying in is with family is a great way to celebrate the New Year! Here are some tips and ideas for activities you can do at home this New Year's.

New Years Activities at Home

New Year's plans can be simple or extravagant. Whatever your style is, we hope you have a great new year! New Year's activities at home can range from simple board games or other fun games to decorating and planning out an entire New Year's Eve party! Check out some tips and some simple and fun ideas for a fun New Year's Eve at home.

1. Have Activities for the Kids:

If you have kids who want to stay up to ring in the new year, they definitely need some fun things to do of their own to pass the time till midnight. One of the best ideas I had when my kids were little was to get out party plates (even those leftover birthday ones) and serving dishes and just blow up balloons. Even if it is just your family, when you tell littles that it is party day they get so excited. Just because it is a special occasion doesn't mean you have to break the bank– use what you have already and just have fun.

Have some activities lined up for them if you're hosting a NYE party or get together. See some ideas here:

New Years Activities at Home- Count Down with Balloons

For Kids, purchase 6 balloons from your closest party store or Dollar Tree. They don't have to be fancy mylar balloons. Just any helium balloon type will work. Use a sharpie to mark the hours from 6 pm- Midnight on each balloon. Let the kids pop a new balloon every hour!

You can always add confetti and a few candies to the final “Midnight” balloon. This is a fun way to plan a “ball drop” that can happen at any time.

Rent a Movie

You can check out a DVD from the library or search your streaming services. It doesn't have to be holiday themed, but that will work too! Popcorn is optional, considering there are usually plenty of snacks.

Simple Board Games

This one isn't for everyone but have a few ready for the board game fans! Other fun things in this category like video game competitions or dance battles are sure to make a great time for everyone. A board game competition or Dance Revolution tournament can keep everyone laughing for hours.

Scavenger Hunt or Time Capsules

Have kids look for a party hat, the number 2023, balloons, and anything else you can think of. A prize for the winner is optional.

 For older kids, make a time capsule. They can include a letter to someone (including themselves) or just notes about what happened this year. They can also write out a couple resolutions if they have any! This may actually be a fun New Year's Tradition for teens and tweens and college age adults. You can optionally open the time capsule next year, or save it for longer.

New Year's activities at home can be whatever you want!  

Craft Ideas

Plan fun New Year's Eve crafts to do with the kids (or even for adults.) You can buy premade kits, use things you have or just do some simple paper crafts like making your own party poppers. When you plan New Year's Eve activities make sure you plan something that is easy to clean up so you can do it any time and it won't keep you from other activities. or be too late to finish before everyone falls asleep–important with much younger children or those that may need to head home early.

2. Make Appetizers:

Whether you're planning for a large group at the house, a church NYE watch party, or just yourself and family, foods are essential!

3. Make it a Tradition

For our family the things that remain the same year to year are lots of food and time spent catching up and visiting. Maybe even both sides of the family at different times!

We love football and having festive foods at home on New Year's Day. It's a good way for us to round out the final holiday of the season. We've rounded up a few more ideas below if you're needing something for NYE evening for adults.

Game Night

Who said game night was only for kids? Gather your closest family and friends for an evening full of laughter, competition, and plenty of snacks. From classic board games like Monopoly or Clue to trivia games like Trivial Pursuit, there’s something for everyone. If you want to take it one step further, create custom game boards based on the year gone by – what better way to reflect on 2022 than by playing a game all about it? 

Minute to Win It -New Years Activities at Home

You can also add Minute to Win it Games. These party games are good ice breakers. There are so many ideas out there. Bonus points if you get everyone to wear party hats for game night!

New Years Activities at Home- Themed Party

You can dress up or not! Black Tie, Old Fashioned, and Great Gatsby are a few fun ideas. If you love hosting, this idea is a winner. You can choose to host a dinner or have charcuterie, potluck or finger foods.

For an at-home party, be sure to make cardboard photo backgrounds – this is a great option for something to do. And, photos go perfectly with masks and props for New Year's pictures. You don't have to invest a lot into your photo booth props, as you can find many printables. They can be New Year's themed or anything you want.

New Year's activities at home can be whatever you choose. Photo booths can be set up on part of a wall or a whole room. Use your imagination. You can use your living room and Christmas tree as a simple backdrop or even some balloons and streamers on the wall. Enjoying the end of the year with the entire family can be the perfect time to slow down and enjoy one another.

New Years Activities at Home- Early Evening Out

Want to get out of the house? Some last minute bowling or skating (ice or roller skating) or a special restaurant to return to every year are great ideas. A steakhouse is a good start! There's no reason you should need to stay out till midnight. Enjoy your afternoon or early dinner and head home to relax.

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You can also opt to go watch fireworks or view Christmas lights! Check online for events in your area, but most Christmas light displays are up until January. Print out a scavenger hunt for light displays or fireworks and turn a simple thing into your family's favorite treasure hunt.

Do you love meaningful group activities? Write out goals or “intentions” for the new year. Something you can work on, even if it takes all year! This can be added to any New Year's activities at home.

Movie Marathon

Curl up with a cozy blanket, hot cocoa, popcorn, and all your favorite films. Whether you go old school with classics like The Godfather or The Princess Bride or opt for more recent hits like Avengers: Endgame, or Parasite, there’s sure to be something everyone will enjoy watching again (or for the first time). With streaming services like Netflix offering movie rentals in addition to their own library of films, the possibilities are nearly endless. I love New Year's activities at home like this so I can stay in pajamas and curled up in a blanket or by the fireplace. So relaxing!

At-Home Spa Night

Self-care is important any day but especially so during times of stress. Treat yourself (and your loved ones) to a relaxing night in with spa treatments such as face masks, body scrubs, and foot soaks – all from the comfort of your own home! Not only will this be an enjoyable activity in itself but it will also leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle 2023 head-on. This is a great idea for a group of girlfriends or even your family.

Art or Craft Night

What about planning a painting night or craft night with your friends? New Year's Eve at home doesn't mean just your immediate family. You can invite whoever you want to. If you have a friend who is great at a certain skill like card making, painting or any other crafty thing that you can plan for a group, get together and plan out a craft or painting night and gather supplies you will need. This can be loads of fun for everyone. Any creative ideas will work, it is about quality time with those you care about. Wear pajamas or get dressed up and make it a fun night– you can choose to think outside the box of traditional New Year's Eve celebrations.

In Conclusion

New Year's Eve activities can be a special event with or without decorations. Get some festive paper plates, easy snacks and some sparkling grape juice and everyone from younger kids to grandparents is sure to enjoy this special time at home together– even if everyone doesn't stay up until midnight.

Whether you plan on celebrating solo or with a few close family members/friends this New Year's Eve, make sure your evening is filled with New Year's activities at home that bring joy and excitement into 2023. From game nights and movie marathons to at-home spa nights – these ideas are sure fire ways to bring some festive cheer into the new year! Keep safe & have fun!

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