Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Waving out 2020 will be a highlight for many as we hope for a better and brighter 2021. But with pandemic restrictions in place and typical New Year’s Eve celebrations cancelled how can you make this time of year special? Here are five family-friendly ideas.

Enjoy a Bake Off

Whether you’re meeting with loved ones in person or not, you can still enjoy a New Year’s Eve bake off. Dig out your very best festive recipes and see what masterpieces you can knock up for the big day. It’s a competition so ideally there should be two or more chefs. But remember to also select a judge. If you’re doing this virtually, post your finished creations to social media and ask followers which dish they’d rather eat.

Arrange a Family Quiz

Again, you can do this with your support bubbles or via an app such as FaceTime, Zoom or Skype. Firstly, nominate a Quiz Master. This person will be in charge of organising the rounds and will lead the quiz on the day. If you’re playing with youngsters make sure there are some kid-friendly rounds. Next, make sure any question sheets that take extra time to work out are sent out in advance. Finally, arrange a time to meet and specify any additional details such as if attendees should wear fancy dress. The sillier the event, the better.

Play Retro Games

Your kids might be awesome on the PlayStation or Wii, but have they ever heard of Twister or Jenga? If not, it’s time to whip out the retro games and show the youngsters how you used to play ‘back in the day.’ Board games are a great way to bring the family together and with chocolates on the table and wine in your glass (adults only of course), a good night can be had by all. Don’t forget classics like Charades. And maybe, just maybe, you might feel like braving Monopoly, although expect to stay up way past midnight.

Have a Movie Fest

New Year 2020 will be different to other celebrations you may have had. There will be no big parties, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Why not put on your favourite pair of PJs, grab any leftover Christmas goodies and watch all your favourite films in a row? There are many festive favourites out there from Gremlins and Die Hard to Santa Claus the Movie, Elf and Home Alone. So this is your chance to watch anything you’ve not seen so far this year. Don’t forget the popcorn.

Make Your Own Cocktails

How about a ‘make your own cocktail’ night? This is great fun for adults and kids alike as you can also buy the ingredients for mocktails which are completely alcohol free. To make things entertaining, create a mini bar area and come up with some personalised cocktails. Pop these on a menu and let your family order from you. Don’t forget to be extra dramatic as you shake all the ingredients together.

Happy New Year everyone and here’s to a happier, healthier 2021.

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