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Celebrating New Year’s Eve at Home

Back in the good ole’ days, I had a blast going to New Year’s Eve parties and welcoming in the next new year with my friends. Now I prefer to stay home and hang out with my family and close friends. Staying home on New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to be boring, it’s a fantastic time to bond and have fun. So what can you do to make your New Year’s party special and perhaps turn it into a tradition?

Decide on an eclectic menu for the evening that doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare. Consider making a meal out of a variety of appetizers. Cheese fondue is a fun dinner idea for New Year’s Eve. Sharing a cheese fondue with bits of bread affords you the opportunity to eat, sit, visit and recall fond memories together. Serve a dip, hummus and or salsa with a choice of crackers, pita chips, and a veggie platter. Spinach puffs, stuffed mushrooms, and potato mini quiches are always a hit in our home. Have bowls of trail mix, spicy popcorn, and flavored peanuts ready for munching. Dress up some homemade pizzas with wholesome veggies and fruit. Don’t forget about some yummy desserts like cheesecake, cupcakes, cookies, and puddings.

There are oodles of non-alcoholic drink recipes that you can create for your festive evening. A holiday punch made from fruit juice and ginger ale is divine. The kids love cocoa garnished with whipped cream and candy cane crumbs. One of our favorites is Eggnog Coffe Punch and is great for Christmas and New Years Eve functions.

*1 1/2 cups coffee ice cream
*1 1/2 cups eggnog
*1 cup hot strongly brewed coffee
*4 tablespoons frozen whipped topping, thawed
*4 pinches ground nutmeg

Scoop the ice cream into a pan over low heat. Stir in the eggnog and coffee; and heat until warm, about 3 minutes. Pour into four glass or ceramic mugs. Top each with 1 tablespoon whipped topping and sprinkle with nutmeg. Serve immediately.

Bring out the board games, card games, and video games and get ready for some festive competition. The kids can play an age-appropriate game, while adults might what to play cards.

If you have a movie channel, see what’s playing. Or bring out your stash of favorite movies and revisit them. Why not make it a movie marathon night. We have several sets of various shows like Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, and Hercule Poirot that we love to rewatch during the Christmas holidays.

Have your camera ready to capture those impromptu and unexpected moments. We’ve taken lots of hilarious photos over the years that memorialize the day forever. We’ll pull out old family albums and reminisce.

The benefits of staying home with family are aplenty. Most people drink way too much during a New Year’s event, and they’re inhibitions are set free. You don’t have to travel on icy roads or take home an inebriated friend. Nor do you have to stand in cold or snowy weather waiting for the clock to ring midnight. At home, it’s quiet, safe and you’re with people you like and want to be with. You save time, money, and possible disappointments.


  • I love staying home on New Years. Gone are the days of wanting to dress up & attend parties. The Eggnog Coffe Punch sounds delicious!! I hope this year I stay awake till midnight lol Happy New Years!

  • Staying home for New Years isn’t so bad at all. Good food and drink and a few friends to help celebrate makes for a warm and memorable evening! It’s always fun to watch all the hoopla on television from the comfort of home!

  • Every year for 25 years my husband and I host the New Years Eve party and it’s always a great time. Some people bring their kids and others just come themselves but we play games and have a fun evening.

  • We used to go out to a house party on New Years eve but now we just stay at home where its warm and nice and quiet. Leave the partying to the younger ones.

  • I think this is the best kind of christmas, the ones you spend at home with family. We prepare the menu months before and start collecting movie names we want to watch in Septembr!

  • I love staying home with friends and family. We play games, we drink, we eat and we don’t have to drive afterwards.

  • We have always stayed home to celebrate the New Year, it was so much more fun having our close friends over to party and to eat and of course to bring in the New Year, plus after 12 we would walk down to the end of the road and stop into our other friends place that was having a party as well, always a great time and no one drove home, which is even better!!

  • In my younger days I did go to large parties, but it was loud and most people were strangers. Now that I’m older I prefer to spend New Years Eve at home with my family. We have conversation, play games and watch the countdown live on TV. I find it much more enjoyable.

  • Since I have to work around New Year’s, we usually end up at home anyway. My hubby and I have the tradition of smoked salmon and cream cheese on bagels to ring in the New Year.

  • My husband and I had our share of partying on New Year’s Eve. Now we are quite content to stay home and welcome in the New Year quietly.
    I love your suggestions for a get-together at home. The food and drink sound delicious, especially the Eggnog Coffee Punch. Thank you for all your suggestions. A happy and healthy New Year to you and yours.

  • I’ve celebrated New Year’s Eve at home safe and warm with my family for years now. We usually make a special home cooked dinner and pop a bottle of champagne at midnight. The only thing I plan on doing different this year is making the Eggnog Coffe Punch that is shared above. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!

  • We stayed home again this year, and played board games with our daughters, everyone got to pick what they wanted for snacks,meatballs, chicken on a bun, desserts etc. Funniest part was my brother bought what he thought were crackers for Christmas and we forgot to open them, so at midnight we were going to.The hubby’s opened first and his face was in Oh no mode, it wasn’t Christmas crackers, it was one of those bangers that shoot thousands and thousands of pieces of shiny crap all over the house, we are still picking it up, it was priceless.

  • We’ve been staying home for many years now on NYE, it’s just so expensive & difficult to get a cab home. And we love staying home! We play boardgames & watch a movie.. this year I made a turkey dinner but most years we order chinese food.. it’s just good family fun.

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