With 2020 almost wrapped and in the books, we can’t help but look to 2021 with a great sense hope for positive things to come in the new year. This year has been rife with challenges, new normals, and hopefully, for a sincere appreciation for the little things in life. Though our New Year’s Eve celebrations may look a little different than year’s past (though we will miss the packed fêtes, dance floors, and champagne with hundreds of strangers), we are all excited to bring in 2021, no matter the manner. And even though we all need to socially distance and be safe, there’s no reason that a small, Covid-compliant celebration at home with your immediate family and loved ones can’t be an epically fun and unforgettable evening. Here are some of our favorite things to help make this year’s celebration as enjoyable as it is safe and responsible:
For the easiest option that’s always a crowd-pleaser, skip the full dinner and opt for a bunch of appetizers and hors d’oeuvres that attendees can enjoy throughout the night. For a stress-free evening, stop by your local Trader Joe’s to stock up on their cult-favorite appetizers and accoutrements for an impressive cheese and charcuterie board. TJ’s is famous for its pre-made appetizers that make entertaining so easy, you’ll get to actually enjoy the party rather than spending time preparing food in the kitchen. Some of our top go-tos include their mini chicken tacos, mac and cheese bites, pot stickers, creamy spinach and artichoke dip, and arancini bites.
We recommend two options that are as impressive as they are easy. Set up a bellini bar (this is always a major hit with the ladies) by filling carafes with store-bought fruit purees (we suggest raspberry, peach, and mango) and setting out bottles of your favorite champagne or prosecco. For those who are partial to stronger spirits, set out a bottle of your favorite spirit with mixers. We love a good cocktail as much as the next person, but we say after everything that happened in 2020, make New Year’s Eve entertaining a fun and relaxing affair.
Break out the board games. We know you might be rolling your eyes and thinking that this suggestion is as corny as they come, but mixing board games, booze, and your loved ones is the ultimate recipe for a raucous good time. Cards Against Humanity is always an eye-raising crowd pleaser, with over 35,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. One reviewer describes the game by stating, “This is not a children’s game, and this is not a game to play with Grandma, but if you and your friends enjoy laughing at the darker side of life, art, and pop culture … This is the perfect game for your next party.”
If you’re looking for a bright side to not attending a fancy, large-scale event, keep this in mind: you get to spend the evening wearing your favorite comfortable clothes. Just think of it, no dress code, no uncomfortable shoes, and no having to dress to impress. Whether you want to don your favorite flannel pants and merino wool sweater (we know it’s still technically somewhat dressy, but it’s uber-soft material and breathable wear still makes it a perfect option for a comfy night in) or spend the evening in a fleece onesie, the only person you have to dress for is you.
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