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Are you spending New Year’s Eve at home this year? If so, take a look at our 21 New Year’s Eve ideas to welcome in 2021!

2021 is fast approaching and while the celebrations may look a lot different to previous years, there is no reason why you can’t have fun.

After the difficulties we have all faced during 2020, the New Year is a time for optimism and creating happy memories. If celebrating at home isn’t the norm and you’re stuck on what to do on New Year’s Eve, we have plenty of suggestions!

Continue reading to discover 21 New Year’s Eve ideas for celebrating 2021…

1. Try your hand at cocktail making

at home cocktail making

New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to go extra on the bubbly. So this year, why not host your own cocktail making masterclass?

For those in need of guidance, there are plenty of virtual masterclasses that you can sign up for. It is a great way to liven up the evening with your household or getting your friends together (on the same screen) to share the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

You need zero bar skills and you are promised a boozy end to 2020, ideal!

2. Make your own New Year’s Eve decorations

new year's eve decorations

Whilst you may not be hosting the usual crowds of guests this year, it would not be New Year’s Eve without a decoration or two.

The day can be spent getting your crafty hats on and having a go at creating a party atmosphere for later on!

From 2021 balloons, to pretty fairy lights, to themed dining table décor, there are plenty of fun things to do on New Year’s Eve.

3. Set New Year’s resolutions and goals

set new year's resolutions

Whilst you may not have been able to complete most of your 2020 resolutions, there is optimism that 2021 will be the year of new adventures.

Since you’ll be staying at home this New Year’s Eve, there is plenty of time to write down your goals and aspirations for the New Year ahead.

4. Bake a delicious dessert

new year's eve baking

Given how 2020 has turned out, it seems only right that you treat yourself to an indulgent dessert to end the year.

Find your favourite dessert recipes and begin baking on the morning of the 31st. That way you will have plenty of sweet treats to enjoy all day and night, as well as a fun activity to while away a couple of hours before the countdown.

Enjoy a sweet ending to this unique year!

5. Host a 2020 quiz (a year in review)

2020 quiz

Reflecting on the year is a normal thing to do on New Year’s Eve and nothing says 2020 more than a quiz, right?

2020 has had its fair share of historic events that are unlikely to disappear from memory anytime soon. So, let’s round off the year with a year in review quiz!

Other than the pandemic, can you think of other remarkable events that took place in 2020?

6. Binge-watch rom coms

at home movie marathon

Another way to celebrate New Year’s Eve is to snuggle up on the sofa to watch all of your favourite films.

Flick on the fairy lights, grab some popcorn and tune into festive themed films with your loved ones. Whilst the New Year’s Eve film genre is not as established as Christmas, we have discovered some NYE classics that you are sure to love.

Choose from the 2013 film Carol, the guilty-pleasure of New Year’s Eve, or there is the classic – Bridget Jones’s Diary.

7. Have a pyjama party…

pyjama party

Usually, this time of year is about dressing up to the nines, but New Year’s Eve 2020 is all about staying at home in comfortable attire.

Whilst no one can be certain what the New Year will bring, one thing that you can be sure of is that you’ll be staying up late to see Big Ben chime, so you may as well be cosy!

This is an excuse to dress up in your animal print onesies, most festive attire or fanciest PJs, and best of all, after all the activities of the evening, you can literally just crawl into bed! Perfect!

8. … or dress up!

NYE dress up

Although wearing your favourite PJs this New Year’s Eve is a cosy option, you could always throw on your glad rags to spend the evening at home!

Anyway, who said you can’t dress up for an evening of sitting on the couch?

9. Play minute-to-win-it games

minute to win it game

Minute-to-win-it games are the perfect thing to do on New Year’s Eve for families of all ages.

It is easy to come up with ideas that are challenging enough for the adults and for the children to join in on the fun! But what are minute-to-win-it games? In short, they are simple party games with a one-minute time limit. They are fun, inexpensive and most importantly hilarious!

Some ideas include Face the Cookie, where you place a cookie on someone’s forehead and they have to use their face muscles (no hands allowed!) to get it in their mouth.

There is also Wrap It Up! This is a two-player game, where one person has to wrap up the other person in toilet paper, wrapping paper or whatever else is to hand.

10. Spend the day adventuring

spending the day adventuring

If you would rather skip the hangover and feel refreshed this New Year’s Day, why not do something active this New Year’s Eve?

If the weather is on your side, take the day to explore some of your a favourite spots in the UK this New Year’s Eve. From the mighty mountains of North Wales, to the majestic waters of the Lake District, to the hidden gems of Scotland, there is plenty of opportunity for adventure.

11. Host a NYE cook-off

End the year with your favourite meal 

Snacking on good food should be a priority on New Year’s Eve, especially since you’ll be staying up until midnight!

You could host a cook-off with everyone in your household to make things a little more interesting; cook up all of your favourite appetisers, main meals and snacks so that you have plenty of bites to graze on throughout the night. And of course, crown the winner of the NYE 2020 cook-off!

12. Play online games

Play online games

Playing online games is a great way to connect and have fun with those that you can’t share New Year’s Eve celebrations with this year.

If you are looking for an oasis of calm, you could play the newest version of Animal Crossing. Those more competitive can zoom around the courses of Mario Kart with friends all night long!

Alternatively, take a scenic journey across Europe as you play the online adaption of Ticket to Ride or perhaps a round of Heads Up on Houseparty?

13. Create a DIY photo booth

DIY photo booth

Creating your own photo booth is a fun thing to do on New Year’s Eve, as well as a great way to capture wonderful memories from the evening.

All you will need is space, a backdrop (find plenty of ideas on Pinterest), some fun props (feather boas, funny hats, colourful wigs) and a camera!

Be sure to get your insta-worthy shots before the year ends!

14. Host a murder mystery party

murder mystery virtual party

Hosting a murder mystery party for your household is another fun thing to do on New Year’s Eve. You are promised an evening of drama, fun and of course, mystery, a perfect end to 2020!

With Red Herring Games you can purchase a dinner party game from £21.99. If you are a small household, we recommend ‘An Isolated Case’ as it is suitable for 4-6 players.

The party kit will give you a story about the murder and you must cast your family members as characters in the story. Dressing up is encouraged for extra evening entertainment!

However, if you are seeking a game for a larger group, Ref Herring Games also offer the opportunity to get online with your loved ones to solve a crime!

15.  Create an at-home spa

Create an at home spa 

What better way to escape the hustle and bustle of New Year’s Eve celebrations than with an at-home spa break?

Treat yourself this New Year’s Eve with some at-home treatments, whether that be a long hot bath, a facial or a foot scrub. Get creative!

Don’t forget the candles and the relaxing music for a true spa break ambiance.

16. Enjoy indoor camping

indoor camping

This is a great way to celebrate New Year’s Eve for those with children.

Flick on the electric fire in the living room, pitch up your tent and roll out the sleeping bag for some outdoor fun, whilst indoors.

Or if you are feeling brave, venture outdoors and ring in the New Year under a canopy of stars, maybe you will spot some fireworks too?

17. DIY balloon drop

DIY balloon drop

Another great at-home New Year’s Eve idea is a DIY balloon drop!

Since you are missing the elaborate countdowns this year, this creative idea promises to ring in the New Year with joy.

All you will need for this DIY hack is balloons, a cheap shower curtain, string and masking tape! Once the clock strikes midnight, pull the sting and watch the balloons drop as you ring in the New Year.

18. NYE Scavenger hunt

NYE Scavenger hunt

Next up on our list of New Year’s Eve ideas is a scavenger hunt!

Create a NYE-inspired hunt; this could include finding balloons, confetti, a party hat and party poppers. Place clues around the house for the kids to investigate!

Take a look on Pinterest for further NYE scavenger hunt ideas.

19. Do a tarot card reading

tarot card with candlelight

New Year’s Eve is all about reflecting on the year just past and looking ahead to the New Year. So, why not finish 2020 with a tarot card reading?

This is a great way to gain an insight into the future by formulating a question, and then drawing and interpreting cards.

If you don’t have your own set of cards, there are plenty of trustworthy card readings online. These reading can help with making better decisions and reassurances regarding your future.

Tarot card reading is an old-age practice that can help us find the answers to some of the most burning questions that we have. Do you want to know what your 2021 could look like?

20. Karaoke


If you are still wondering what to do on New Year’s Eve, then how about a little karaoke?

You can’t have a New Year’s Eve celebration without a great playlist, even if you are staying at home! This year, why not spice it up and have your household provide live performances of some of your favourite tunes?

You are sure to have a memorable night of singing and dancing to welcome in the New Year.

21. Plan your 2021 UK holiday

Gitcombe House (Ref. 1038868)

As you cautiously enter the New Year, you may start to dream about your next holiday!

Whilst travelling abroad is restricted, you are sure to find what you are looking for across the UK. From beach breaks with the family to romantic escapes to the countryside, you can find the perfect holiday on home soil.

With the help of our handy travel guide, use New Year’s Eve as time to think about where you want to holiday this year and look forward to the adventure ahead.

Be sure to book with us today to secure your 2021 UK holiday. Do you have any New Year’s Eve ideas that aren’t on our list? Be sure to let us know what you’re up to on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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