5 Fun Last Minute New Year’s Eve Ideas to Celebrate 2021 At Home!

Welcome 2021 with these socially distanced fun ideas and cheer up!

What if your 2021 holiday is going to look a bit different, that doesn’t mean it can’t be just as meaningful and festive as the previous years, right? Although saying goodbye to the rough 2020, while welcoming the brighter and hopeful 2021, we should keep on following strictly all the protective measures against COVID-19 and choose to stay at home waiting for Santa Claus … but let’s make it fun! That’s why we at Gals and the City put together five fun last-minute ideas for you to celebrate the new year safely at home, even if you are far from friends and family. So which is your plan for the last night of the year? From glittery balloon decoration and classic board games to an amazing virtual journey to New York City’s Times Square Ball Drop, check our list, take some inspiration, and let the countdown begin with your favorite bubbly drink in hand … and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Go crazy with Balloons

Could it be a New Year’s Eve without a fun balloon decoration? Start adding some festive vibes to your home with these over-the-top 2021 balloons or just some colorful ones and change your overall mood while getting ready for the countdown. Plus it’s a great option as a background for your New Year’s Eve Instagram pictures whether you’re celebrating in-person or over Zoom, so take the chance and surprise your friends with this festive backdrop. Smart Tip: If you are gonna throw a mini party IRL, don’t forget to set out a tripod where guests can attach their own mobile phones so as not to be asked to send pictures later.

Set up a mini cocktail bar

New Year’s Eve is all about champaign, but that does not mean you can’t mix the bubbly drink with another favorite drink or juice. Just set up a mini cocktail bar including spirits, liqueurs, and juices apart from the classic sparkling wines and let everyone create their own signature cocktail! A quick yummy champaign recipe is to add just a dash of maraschino liqueur into your champaign glass and garnish with a fresh cherry. What if the only one who sees the bar is you? The thing is that you make the night special welcoming the new and most promising year with a cocktail in hand! Just keep in mind to serve some pepperoni pizza or cheeseburgers that both go well with champaign avoiding thus any possible hangover! Ps: For more festive-cocktail recommendations you can also check here.

Play some board games

What better season than holidays with you and your family or roommates gathering all around the table and playing a board game while staying home? After a year full of endless video calls and zoom meetings take a break and spend some time with your beloved ones to strengthen the bonds and reconnect. Among a wide range of board games, we suggest you from classic ones like “Taboo”, “Cluedo”, “Monopoly”, chess, and “Jenga” to newer releases such as “Code Names”, “Marco Polo”, “Mysterium” and “Villainous”. In case you are spending holidays solo there are also plenty of mobile app games, free-of-charge, to choose like “Game Pigeon”, “Mario Kart Tour” or “Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp”.

Throw a video call with friends and family

In case you are not spending the holiday season with your family and beloved ones due to the global pandemic crisis, technology is definitely your savior! Just pick a time for a video call with friends and family to share wishes for a happy new year and start playing virtual games, watch movies or tv shows simultaneously together, learn new things about each other or do some other activities even you are not physically at the same place, cool?


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Watch virtually the Times Square Ball Drop

For the first time ever, anyone can be a New Year’s Eve reveler! How? Jamestown, a real estate management company invites you to a free virtual Times Square New Year’s Eve experience where you can celebrate in a “whole new way”! What does that mean? You can celebrate LIVE in Times Square by heading to the VNYE website where you have access to an exclusive New Year’s Eve broadcast. Plus, if you download the app, you also have access to amazing augmented reality features as well as the chance, through personalized avatars, to enjoy games and explore the Big Apple through observation decks. Plenty of exhibits, concerts, and competitions are there for you, even a dance floor is waiting for you to groove to your favorite beats! So wherever you are, you can tune in time for the Ball Drop via the mobile app.

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