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31 Creative Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve At Home

Are you planning on ringing in the new year from the comfort of your own home this year? Check out these fun and simple ways to make your celebration even more festive!

I don’t know about you, but I’m not much of a New Year’s Eve partier. We live a good 30-45 minutes away from the nearest “big cities,” and the prospect of driving that far in the dark and snow has never been very appealing!

But staying home on New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to be boring—not by a long shot! To help prove my point, today I’ll be sharing over two dozen brilliant ideas from around the web of ways to ring in the new year at home!

31 Creative Ideas For Celebrating New Year’s Eve At Home

1. Confetti Bar

From kojodesigns

Whether you make these confetti shooters from push pop containers (which you may be able to find at Target, but can for sure find on Amazon) or simply place small plastic boxes or glasses filled with confetti around the house, this is a fun way for you and your guests to celebrate when the clock strikes midnight!

2. New Year’s Eve Noise Makers

From Worth Pinning

This craft only takes about 20 minutes and you probably have everything you need for them around the house. Break open the noise makers at midnight (or 9pm if that’s more your style) and eat the candy!

3. Printable New Year’s Resolution Cards

From Lia Griffith

Setting goals and intentions for the year ahead is an inspiring way to celebrate! Set out a vase full of these cute little cards and invite your guests to put some thought into their year to come.

4. Countdown Bags

From Happy Home Fairy

Here’s a fun family activity that will keep your occupied as you count down to the new year. Simply several bags with a different treat or activity, then have someone open the bag at the indicated time. Fill your bags with treats, disposable cameras, a new movie, craft kits, noise makers, confetti, and more!

5. Paper Number Piñatas

From A Subtle Revelry

This would be a fun way to either count down to the new year, or to make your own custom “2020” piñata! So fun!

6. “Kiss Me” Kits

From Shaken Together

Fill the bag with everything for the perfect kiss at midnight: bubbly, lip balm, sparklers, and, of course, some minty-fresh gum! These kits make great party favors for your New Year’s Eve party.

7. New Year’s Resolution Party Cups

From Momtastic

They are the perfect way to ring in the new year so the whole family can join in on the fun. With just a few supplies and a couple of minutes you can have these fun bottles ready for your new years resolutions! Fill them with juice or milk and start the new year off right.

8. Reflection Questions

From The Art of Simple

Follow the link to download a free printable with 20 questions to use as a springboard to reflect on the past 365 days. There’s also a 10 question version that’s perfect for the kiddos!

9. Minute-To-Win-It Games

From One Good Thing by Jillee

These quick and easy games are guaranteed to liven up any party! Stock up on treats or small gifts to give out as prizes to the winners, and watch the hilarity ensue.

10. DIY Confetti Throwers

From Oh Happy Day

A creative twist on traditional confetti. Fill a plastic tube with confetti and hand them out to all your guests. With just a flick of the wrist the confetti propels out of the tube and goes everywhere. Perfect for New Year’s Eve!

11. Build The Best Blanket Fort

From Pretty Providence

Gather every pillow, sheet, and mattress and bring the comfy party to the living room. Order in some pizza and put on your favorite movie and enjoy a relaxing and cozy New Year’s Eve at home in your pajamas. This idea is sure to be an easy win if you have young kids at home!

12. Good Luck Grape Skewers

From Kix Cereal

Participate in the Spanish tradition of ushering in the New Year (or Año Nuevo) by eating 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight. The practice is supposed to promote prosperity and good luck in the coming year, and who couldn’t use a little good luck in their lives? 🙂

13. DIY Balloon Drop

From One Good Thing by Jillee

What could be more festive than a balloon drop!? Make a homemade balloon drop and at midnight pull the string and let the balloons fall. Kids and adults alike will LOVE it!

14. Printable New Year’s Eve Bingo Sheets

From Thirty Handmade Days

Free printable New Year’s Eve Bingo game that you can play while you wait for the ball to drop on TV!

15. New Year’s Party Donuts

From The 36th Avenue

Sparkling donuts are perfect for a New Year’s Eve Party or New Year’s Day Breakfast! The best part? They’re store bought! Easy, quick, and extraordinary.

16. NYE Scavenger Hunt

From Reasons To Skip The Housework

This scavenger hunt will keep the kids busy until midnight searching for things on their list. Little ones can simply put an X on items as they find them. Have older kids at the party use their smartphones and challenge them to take photos of each of the items on the list.

17. Sparkling Cider (Non-Alcoholic) Jello Shots

From Something Swanky

Toast the New Year with a cool, sparkly dessert that wiggles and jiggles.

18. Printable Bottle Labels

From Bespoke Bride

If you’re going to be throwing your own party this year then why not jazz up the decor even more by adding these fun, colorful labels?! These would even work for any party, not just new year!

19. Bubble Wrap Stomp

From The Loop

Ring in the new year with this fun idea the kids of all ages will love! Buy bubble wrap (the large bubbles work best) and spread out on a hard floor just before midnight. At the end of the countdown, stomp! It sounds like firecrackers and is a fun way to start the year.

20. Cupcake Countdown Clock

From People

Create an edible clock—with moveable cookie hands!—with each tiny cake representing the final hours before the new year. (Store-bought cupcakes would work just fine!) Add party hats and noisemakers, and you’ve got a celebration at any hour.

21. New Year’s Tree

From Our Best Bites

Use your New Year’s Eve at home to start a new family tradition! Strip your Christmas tree of all the decorations (except the lights) and dress it all back up again with inexpensive New Year’s decorations.

22. M&Ms Straw Game

From TipSpoke

Transfer M&Ms from one plate to another, using a straw. And as an added bonus, you get to eat all the M&Ms after the game is done! 😉

23. Wishing Wall

From Mark Addison

Every year in New York City, visitors from around the world write their wishes for the New Year on colorful pieces of paper and attach them to the Wishing Wall in Times Square. The wishes are collected and then become the confetti that flutters down at midnight on New Year’s Eve!

Make your own version of a Wishing Wall by designating an area where your guests can post their wishes on sticky notes. (The more festive the colors, the better!)

24. Kid-Friendly Milk & Cookies “Champagne Toast”

From Style Me Pretty

Let the kids in on the fun of “toasting” the new year! Grab some plastic champagne flutes, get everyone their favorite cookies, and when midnight strikes, everyone can toast together!

25. New Year’s Eve Kit

From inchmark

Hit your local party store for noisemakers, balloons, blowers, poppers and some sparkly confetti. Package it up in a party bag and attach to a bottle of Martinelli’s. Instant fun!

26. New Year’s Eve Conversation Game

From Alice & Lois

This free printable card game is a great way to get your guests talking, with prompts like Best Song of the Year, Best Movie of the Year, Most Embarrassing Moment, and more. It’s an easy and fun way to reflect back on your favorite moments of the year!

27. New Year’s Bell Noise Maker

From Paging Supermom

Ring in the New Year with this fun noisemaker! These New Year’s bells made with silver bells, golden yarn and wrapping paper are genius.

28. DIY Photo Booth

From pomtree on Etsy

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 table cloth 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 and online like this adorable champagne bottle prop from Etsy seller pomtree! 🙂

29. Midnight Kisses

From Create.Craft.Love.

This New Year’s Eve printable is perfect for that special midnight “kiss!” A super easy party favor!

30. Printable NYE Photo Props


Photo props are a fun way to capture all the fun of celebrating New Year’s Eve at home, and these one’s couldn’t be easier to make!

31. Mini Marshmallow Shooters

From Coffee Cups and Crayons

Gather up balloons, cake pop containers (or plastic cups would work too), and mini marshmallows and make these really easy and inexpensive marshmallow launchers! Have a contest to see who can pop marshmallows the farthest or get the most into a bowl that’s a few feet away.

I hope these ideas get you excited about ringing in the New Year at home this year, and I hope you all have a wonderful 2020! 🙂

Do you prefer to celebrate New Year’s Eve at home, or do you look forward to going out?
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