30 December 2020

While this New Year’s Eve will be different from what we are used to, there are still many ways to ring in 2021 safely and responsibly. We’ve put together five at-home party ideas to bid 2020 goodbye and usher in a happier and healthier New Year

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1. Decide on a theme

If you’re hosting a limited guest list or an online zoom party, take the opportunity to spice up your New Year’s Eve with a fun theme. Choose between hosting an all-white dinner party, a DIY disco bash (here’s a groovy 70’s playlist to go with it), or a pyjama party (browse ideas on how to make festive milkshakes and fancy popcorn). Get everyone involved in deciding the party theme, plan your outfits in advance, choose a menu and playlist to complement the ambiance, and take plenty of photos!

2. Virtual dance party

No New Year’s Eve celebration is complete without a dance party. Choose a playlist to match the party theme. If everyone agrees to a 1920s glitz and glam soirée, dance the night away to Spotify’s Great Gatsby playlist. If you’re hosting a virtual party, take turns playing your favourite tunes over Zoom to keep the energy high. Click here for more virtual NYE party tips for a smooth sailing night to remember.

3. An easy night in

Not surprisingly, many households are opting for a cosy and calm evening indoors as heading out for a night on the town is not an option. But even a cosy night at home demands a fun twist. Go ahead and wear matching comfy onesies and snuggle up with your loved ones watching one of these 30 timeless movies to welcome the new year.

4. Try something new

Host an around the world Zoom dinner party, trying new recipes you’ve never made before and new traditionsfrom other countries. In Spain, people eat exactly 12 grapes (one for each stroke of midnight) to ensure prosperity in the new year, while in Japan, eating a hot bowl of toshikoshi soba is believed to bring good luck. Try your hand at craft cocktails and mocktails for a memorable night at home.

5. Fireworks

At the stroke of midnight, either head to your window or jump online to watch the fireworks from around the world. Catch the live broadcast of New York's Times Square Ball Drop while listening to Auld lang Syne. So long 2020!