There’s no place like home when it comes to celebrating the New Year. Whether you’re looking for budget-friendly activities, to spend the evening with your kids or just trying to avoid the crowds, there are plenty of options get the party going at home.
Check out these five ways to ring in the New Year at home.
5. Break Out the Board Games
There’s nothing like some healthy competition to energize your night. Whether you’re a fan of the classic Monopoly or looking for something a little more modern, there’s no doubt you’ll have a blast bonding over tabletop games with your loved ones. Get everyone to bring their favourite game, or look out for sales and pick up some games of your own.
Here are our top party game picks:
- Ladies & Gentlemen
- Ca$h ‘N Gun$
- Reverse Charades
- Wits & Wagers
- Cards Against Humanity
- The Jackbox Party Pack (1, 2 or 3)
4. Host a Murder Mystery Party
Practice your acting skills with a murder mystery party. Poll your friends and choose a theme you like. You can create your own theme or purchase party packs online with everything you need – just download and print. The cost varies depending on which theme you choose and the number of people it supports.
Keep your costs low by getting everyone to chip in a couple toonies, or even have them bring something tasty for a potluck instead. Up the ante with prizes for the best detective, best costume, best performance and wealthiest player.
Here are some themes we love:
- Murder at the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
- Murder on the Boardwalk: A 1920s Mystery
- Murder Before Midnight NYE Casino
- New Year’s Homicide at the Harrison House Murder Mystery
- Once Upon a Murder Mystery
3. Screen a Movie Marathon
Movie marathons are great for people of all ages. Whether your friends are die-hard Harry Potter fans or you love Martin Short in absolutely every movie he’s been in, you can bond over your favourite films all night long.
Ask everyone to bring their movie snack of choice and you’ll have no shortage of popcorn, candy and drinks. Exercise your creativity with movie-theme snacks or a fun photo booth.
For the kids in the family, this is a great opportunity for a sleepover. Set them up with their own movies and snacks, and let them ring in the New Year blanket-fort style. Pop a bottle of sparkling apple juice so they can join in the midnight toast.
Get creative with your marathon theme:
- Movies featuring Tom Hanks
- Sports movies based on true stories
- Canadian comedies
- Movies so bad they’re good
- Best/worst movies of the year
2. Organize a Swap
If your closet is overflowing or your bookshelf is bursting at the seams, it might be time to organize a swap. For anyone who sets a New Year’s resolution to buy less or spend less, this is a great way to start the year off right. A swap is a great way to replenish your collection without adding more.
Invite friends with similar tastes and tell them to bring whatever items they’d like to trade, plus something to snack on and an extra bag to bring their haul home. We recommend swapping one type of item at a time. Work on your wardrobe one night and then move to your bookshelf next month.
This is a great way to refresh your wardrobe or create a whole new reading list without spending a cent. At the end of the night, consider donating any unclaimed items to local organizations in need.
Considering trading these items:
- Clothes and accessories
- Books and movies
- Board games
- Halloween costumes
- Recipes or baked goods
- Children’s items
1. Be a Star with Karaoke
Dust off that karaoke machine you’ve got hiding in your basement and warm up your vocal chords. There are few things more entertaining than bonding over off-key performances. Grab some fun costume pieces or ask your guests to bring anything that makes a good prop or stage outfit – inflatable guitars, silly hats, feather boas and wigs.
Bedazzle some dollar store trophies for the best singer, best dance moves, most dramatic performance and funniest performance. Remember, karaoke isn’t about sounding good…it’s about sounding terrible together.
Set the stage for the night’s performances:
- Arrange your furniture to create a stage
- Dim the lights
- Hang a disco ball
Happy New Year from The Brick!