Hacks to make your New Year Eve 2018 special at home

I don’t know about you….but I’m not much of a New Year’s Eve parties. But staying home on New Year’s doesn’t have to be boring…not by a long shot!  Here are a few creative ways to make the evening special even though the surroundings are familiar.

Snack Tray

Create a huge snack tray filled with all of your favorite fried foods and/or snacks.  Keep refilling it as the long night goes on, so you and your family/ friends can eat all night long.  The workouts and diets can start in the new year!


If you have speakers, a microphone, and a computer, this is such an easy way to have a fun New Year’s Eve. Whether you jam out to some Christmas songs or the best pop songs of the year, karaoke is a great ice breaker and a fun way to get in a mix of seriously making music, or just messing around and being silly with friends.

Photo booth

Photo booths can be really easy to set up- all you need is some kind of backdrop, props, and a camera.  The backdrop could be something as simple as a tablecloth hung from the ceiling, and the props could be something as easy to find as crazy scarfs or glasses.  If you’re looking to create more of a professional looking booth, special New Year’s Eve props can be found at many party stores, as well as online.

Costume party

If you’re planning on inviting people over to your house for New Year’s, shake it up and require everyone wear a costume. It can pretty much be the Halloween party you never got to throw!

Game Night

This is a great option for families because it consists of playing everyone’s favorite games! Whether you decide to make it a board game night, a Wii game night, or maybe even a mix of the two, having a little friendly competition is always fun.

Movie Marathon

An easy way to stay occupied while waiting for the New Year is to watch a ton of movies! Depending on when you start, you could make it through the three Santa Clause movies, or even the majority of the Harry Potter series or some chick flicks like mean girls.

Create A Fancy Bar

If you’re into the fancy alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks, making your own personal bar might be really fun!  Stock up on a ton of special ingredients to make luxurious drinks and then play bartender for the night!

make a glittery blanket

This one is great for all ages. Gather up all of the blankets and pillows in your house and create a huge fort!  You can then bundle up in your comfiest PJs and lay down inside, ready to watch Christmas movies, read a book, talk for hours on end, or watch all of the festivities in Times Square.

Make and then listen to a playlist of all of your favorite songs from 2017.

Spotify makes a playlist of your most-played songs at the end of each year, but if you don’t use Spotify or just want a specific mood, make your own!Or just do that thing where you play a song just before midnight so that the best part plays right at 12 a.m. on Jan. 1.

Clean your home.

Honestly, is there a better feeling than waking up on Jan. 1 to a spotless house? I think not. Plus, when else are you going to dust your crown moldings? Halloween? Actually, that’s not a bad idea.

Make a list of all of your personal wins and best moments of the year.

Make New Year’s Eve a time for productive reflection, and write out everything you’re proud of from the past year. Think about what you were grateful for, what you accomplished, and what you put a shit ton of effort into. It’s nice, we promise!

Take a nice, long bath with some salts or bubbles.

If you don’t like baths, I’m not going to try to convince you this is a good thing to do, because it’s been a long year and I’m tired. But if you do like baths, then you know that this is a really, really great way to spend your time, whether you’re watching a show or reading while in the tub, or just spacing out in a watery womb of your own making.

Write a letter to yourself.

If you liked that last one but were like, ugh, but with the price of STAMPS these days, have I got an idea for you. Again, what you write is entirely your call, but when you’re done, either mail it to yourself or put it in a place where you won’t forget it so you can read it on the next New Year’s Eve


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