New Year’s Eve ideas for everyone


New Year's Eve ideas for everyone

Ah, ‘tis the season to start thinking about New Year’s Eve ideas and plans. I’ve put together a list of New Year’s Eve ideas that you can use for any type of New Year’s Eve party.

I find that you usually fall into one of two categories: you love New Year’s Eve parties or you hate them.

I’ll be honest – it’s not usually my favourite occasion. I find there’s always so much hype over nothing.

But nonetheless, whether you love it or you hate it, here’s a list of New Year’s Eve ideas for you to choose from for any type of party, whether it’s just two of you, your family or big house party, this list will give you a bunch of ideas to choose from. And be sure to check out our New Year’s Eve invites so you can invite everyone to your party!

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Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

If you’re planning to celebrate NYE with your family, or multiple families, here are some fun activities for you to do:

  • Go ice skating and have a bonfire with hot chocolate afterwards to warm up
  • Play some family-friendly board games
  • Have a fun buffet that features everyone’s favourite foods to eat
  • If the kids are going to bed early, do the Netflix kids’ NYE countdown. Make sure to have some fun new year’s hats and noisemakers for them to blow at ‘midnight.’
  • Make these fun toilet paper confetti poppers together to set off during the countdown
  • Have a family movie night together – complete with popcorn and snacks, just like at the movies!
  • Go sledding
  • Go for a sleigh ride together
  • Look up NYE activities in your city to see where the fireworks displays are. Some communities put them on early so little ones can see them well before midnight!

Adults-only New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

If you’re hosting an adults only New Year’s Eve party, there’s lots of fun things you can do to keep your guests entertained until midnight:

  • Play icebreaker bingo if you have a bunch of guests who don’t know each other (there’s tons of free templates on Pinterest!)
  • Play some adults-only board games
  • Have a wine and cheese tasting or a scotch tasting
  • Do a rotating dinner party – take turns going to other people’s homes throughout the evening for different courses. Start out at one house for appetizers, move onto another house for the main course, etc.
  • Table topics – highlights of the year edition – keep posted to our blog this week for our FREE printable NYE table topics game!
  • Host a glow-in-the dark party: transform your home into a mini-nightclub by grabbing some black lights, glow sticks, and a great dancing playlist.
  • If you live close to a big hill, grab some crazy carpets, throw some Bailey’s into a flask and head out for some outdoor fun. Come back and have a hot chocolate and coffee bar with all the fixings – flavoured liqueurs, sweets and treats, etc.

Girls Night In New Year’s Eve ideas

Girl's Night In New Year's Eve ideas

If you want a quiet NYE with just the girls, here are some fun activities to keep you entertained until midnight:

  • Put together a fun bubbly bar with different fixings for champagne cocktails
  • Make different jello shots together and then enjoy them after they’ve set.
  • Host a build-your-own dinner party. Everyone brings a recipe and the ingredients for a dish, and everyone works together to prep everything.
  • Do a fashion and book exchange – have everyone bring over some articles of clothing they don’t wear anymore and books that they’ve read and do a swap. That way everyone starts the new year off with someone “new to them.”
  • Have a Sex and the City marathon – need we say more?
  • Table topics – highlights of the year edition – keep posted to our blog this week for our FREE printable NYE table topics game!
  • Have a board game marathon
  • Plan an at-home spa evening – gather together some nail polish, nail polish remover wipes, manicure kit and face masks to have some at-home pampering while you sip your champagne cocktails and reminisce about the last year. If you really feel like going all-out for your girlfriends, buy a foot spa and do pedicures, too!
  • Do mini-makeovers. Have someone bring a curling iron and straightener and take turns doing each other’s hair; have everyone else bring over their make-up stash and take turns trying out different looks on each other.

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