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20 Ways to Have FUN at Home on New Year’s Eve

I have a confession.  Last New Year’s Eve, I didn’t stay up until midnight. Pathetic, I know.

With little kids, it’s just too hard for us to go out on New Year’s, so we usually end up staying home. Don’t get me wrong, I love my flannel pants and wearing no make-up, but this year I am determined to have fun at home ringing in the new year.

Are you looking for FUN you can have at home on New Year's Eve?  Here's how you can ring in the New Year and have at blast at home!

 

I’ve come up with a list of 20 Ways to Have Fun at Home on New Year’s Eve, that will suit any couple, family or party. Just because you are staying home, doesn’t mean it has to be boring!

 

1. Indoor camping– Get a small tent, put on a fire, roll out the sleeping bags and settle in for some “outdoor” fun. If you’re brave, venture outside and ring in the new year under the stars.  Don’t forget the s’mores!

2. Board game competition– Gather your favorite board games for a night of friendly {or not so friendly!} competition.  Set a point value for winning each game {ex: winner of each game gets 5 pts. or have some games worth more points than others}.  The winner gets bragging rights for the whole year or until the next competition!

3. Have a luau– It may be cold, but think warm thoughts and have a luau for the whole family.  Cook island favorites, make tropical drinks and don’t forget the grass skirt and the coconuts!

4. Giving calendar- Create a calendar of ways you want to give to others in the new year.  Plan something unique each month or find a ministry to support or serve on a regular basis.

5. Family PJ party- Are you having friends over to help you celebrate the new year?  Consider having a pajama party, where everyone wears their pjs and slippers.  Serve food such as milk and cookies, pizza and have a movie marathon.  It’s cozy and fun!

6. Minute-to-win it Game Night-  I don’t watch Minute-to Win-It on a regular basis, but these fabulous fun, games will sure to be a hit of any party!  Hop on over and check out these fabulous game ideas from Chaos & the Clutter.

7. Flashback of the year- Look through photos of this year and reminisce of the good times and even those bittersweet moments.  Create a collage in Pic Monkey, a FREE photo editor, that sums up this year in pictures and save it as a memento.

8. Create an at-home spa- It is so fun to pamper your spouse and make him/her feel special!  Get creative about which “spa treatments” you will offer.  Ideas include a facial, foot scrub, massage, hand massage and more.  Don’t forget the candles and soft music.

9. Letter exchange- Write a letter to your spouse or loved ones, sharing how they blessed your life this year and why you appreciate him/her.

10. Invite over those in need- Who do you know who is struggling to pay the bills or is in need? Who do you know who is lonely and could use a friend?  The holidays can be a lonely time and hardships seem to be amplified, so you may want to reach out to those in need as the new year begins.

11. Mystery dinner party- I’ve always wanted to host a mystery dinner party!  Check out Night of Mystery to help you plan a New Years Eve to remember!

12. Treasure hunt/scavenger hunt- Create a treasure hunt, complete with clues and a treasure around your house or yard.  You could even include acts that the “huntee” has to perform when they get to each destination. Have fun, mateys!

13. Game of the hour- At the top of each hour, open an envelope with a game inside.  It could be as simple as tic-tac-toe or Go Fish, but open an envelope every hour leading up to midnight.

14. Create a time capsule- Take a stroll down memory lane of the happenings of this year by creating a time capsule of world events, family happenings, and popular trends.  Open next New Year’s Eve to see how things have changed.  Don’t forget to include your major prayer requests of this year so you can see how God has worked.

15. Family Olympics- Re-create the Olympics in your own home!  Tweak some traditional games to adapt them to play at home and hand out “medals” for the winners.  Invite another family over to play along!

16. Oh My How You’ve Grown- Make a new tradition and measure your kids on a growth chart, make a model of their hand print, take a video of their best quotes and other ways you can capture them as they are at the end of this year.  How fun will it be next year to compare their growth and milestones?

17. Plan a vacation for the the next year or in the future- Do you have a trip you’ve always wanted to take?  2015 is the time!  Research a trip and make plans to get away in the upcoming year.  My Dream Vacays board on Pinterest is the perfect place to start.

18. Elegant/romantic dinner at home- Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you have to forgo an exquisite evening!  Order in or pick-up from a nice restaurant, wear a dress {yes, you can even shave your legs for this occasion!}, place candles everywhere, and dance to classical music.  Reconnect with your spouse after a busy holiday season and just enjoy each other!

19. Plan your year- Get out the calendar and plan your year.  Don’t forget major events, birthdays,  important anniversaryies, and some date nights.  As you plan, set your goals and how you plan to achieve them.

20. Dare to dream planning- Dream big and plan big this New Year’s Eve!  Dream a huge dream and write it down.  Where do you want to be in 5, 10, 15 years?  Create a road map of how you’ll get there or just write it down and put it in a visible place!  Do something everyday to make your dreams happen.

How do you celebrate New Year’s Eve in your house?

What’s your family tradition for ringing in the new year?

 

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Welcome to Faith Along the Way! I am a redeemed child of God and perfectly imperfect in every area of my life. Wife to Hubs, we've battled the storms of Cancer, infertility, adoption & Autism together the past 10 years and praise God for his continued guidance. I hope you'll join us on this journey through life as we trust God with faith along the way.

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    amber December 27, 2014 (12:54 pm)

    This is a PERFECT post. Just in time. We are going to a family New Year’s Eve party. I like that pj & board game ideas.
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      Sarah Ann December 27, 2014 (12:58 pm)

      You are SO very kind! Thanks for the encouragement and I hope you find some of these ideas helpful to help you ring in the new year. Enjoy!

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    Gentle Joy December 28, 2014 (8:19 pm)

    These are great ideas…. we stay at home each year and have our own special new year’s eve party… with fun snacks… but we make it pretty and use candlelight. Fun. 🙂
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      Sarah Ann December 28, 2014 (9:30 pm)

      How fun! New Year’s Eve at home can be super memorable and just as special as going somewhere. Plus, you don’t have be on the dangerous roads! Enjoy your party!

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    Elisabeth December 29, 2014 (9:27 am)

    Great list! I will be at work on New Year’s Eve (second of two night shifts in a row, I’m a nurse in a rural critical access hospital)… but I am going to show these to my husband, who will be the one valiantly attempting to stay up later than the kids do!
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      Sarah Ann December 29, 2014 (1:54 pm)

      I hope your husband has a blast using some of these ideas! Happy New Year!

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    Emily @ My Love for Words December 30, 2014 (9:08 am)

    Such good ideas! I love the idea of using the New Year as the time to track how much the kids have grown. I’m horrible about remembering to do that.
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      Sarah Ann December 30, 2014 (9:49 pm)

      I am so bad about the measuring and those purposeful memory makers. It seems as though it’s a perfect time to do it!

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    Misty December 29, 2015 (10:14 am)

    Confession: Last year we put the kids to bed at 10:00. They thought it was midnight. We went around and moved all the clocks up 2 hours while we watched a family movie. Parent exhaustion was fierce!! This year, we are going for some family fun 🙂 Great list here!

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      Sarah Ann January 2, 2016 (6:35 am)

      I love it and can totally relate! We never make it till midnight but having fun is a great way to build memories!