Late night, curled up by the TV watching the ball drop before drifting off to sleep…
Does this sound familiar? While there’s nothing wrong with this cozy New Year’s tradition, there are plenty of ways to spice it up and try something new for 2017. Take a look at today’s blog to see seven unique ways to ring in the New Year!
Bring the party outdoors
If you have friends and family visiting from colder states up north, they’re sure to enjoy an outdoor party in balmier temperatures. If the forecast is good, spruce up your outdoor space and get it ready for a New Year’s Party—sweep up your patio, arrange furniture around your backyard fire pit, and stock up your outdoor kitchen with party snacks and refreshments. Just be sure that someone keeps an eye on the clock (or bring the TV outside) so you don’t miss the ball drop!
Create a New Year’s jar
This year, why not start a new tradition? Have everyone in your family designate a small jar as their “New Year’s jar,” a keepsake they will treasure for years to come. Throughout the year, you can slip small pieces of paper into the jar reminding you of great things that happen to you along the way—then, by this time next year, you’ll have a jar filled to the brim with memories and feelings you can’t wait to reexperience.
Enjoy a special family dinner
You of course can’t beat a cozy dinner at home. Put some special thought into your dishes to make your dinner an unforgettable one—for example, did you know that cooked greens and legumes are both symbols of prosperity in the New Year, since their shapes resemble paper bills and coins? Even if you don’t go this route, there are plenty of ways for you to make your dinner a meaningful one—pull out an old family recipe, for example, or spend some time creating a meal the entire family has a role in making.
Arts and crafts for the family
For families with young-kids, it’s hard to beat the fun and simplicity of a night’s worth of arts and crafts. At New Year’s, you have the added ability to turn these crafts into meaningful, teachable moments that will help your child to understand what New Year’s is all about. For example, they can have fun decorating their own paper clocks in anticipation of the clock striking 12—or, they can create construction paper designs encapsulating their favorite memory from 2016.
Throw your own talent show…
How many times do you have the whole family together like this? If the answer is “not often,” use your New Year’s get-together to have fun with one another by throwing an at-home talent show! Family members and friends can take turns doing charades, singing, playing an instrument, putting on a dance routine—silly, on-the-spot talents that will produce lots of laughs (and will, of course, prevent everyone from falling asleep before midnight!).
…or awards ceremony
Whether you’re with friends, family or a group of coworkers, you’re sure to have shared some funny moments with your New Year’s crowd. Why not hand out awards—simple tokens from the craft store, or decorated paper plates—for special moments of achievements throughout the year? They don’t have to be formal or serious—“Most Likely to Sleep In” or “Best Homemade Pumpkin Pie” are silly but thoughtful ideas that are sure to bring you back to your high school superlative yearbook page.
Craft a fun photo booth
No matter how you celebrate New Year’s this year, create a fun, do-it-yourself photo booth to help you capture all the memories from the evening. Create a bucket of props like oversized sunglasses or handmade 2017 hats for your guests to choose from. Provide a festive backdrop (like a wall of string lights or a colorful banner for guests to sign) and you’re good to go!
What’s your go-to New Year’s activity? Let us know below! From all of us here at Kargar Homes, we’d like to wish you and your family a merry holiday season and a happy, healthy New Year!