You’ve heard it before, new year’s eve celebrations always end in the deadliest night of the year. But you never quite believe it until it happens to you. My husband was nearly killed by a drunk driver on new year’s eve 15 years ago. Since then, we’ve gathered many new year’s eve celebration ideas for staying at home. And you know what? We have more fun than we ever did before. I’d like to share our favorite new year’s eve celebration ideas for staying at home. Maybe you’ll join us in staying off the roads this new year’s eve.
New Year’s Eve Feast Shopping
Our new year’s eve celebrations at home start with a feast. And you can’t have a feast without gourmet ingredients. So, of course, we put on our coats and, in the name of celebrating new year’s eve at home, we go out.
But we don’t get in our car. Instead we walk the 1.5 miles to our neighborhood supermarket. And now, as part of our new year’s eve celebrations, we visit the gourmet fridge where imported goods are on display. All year long we gaze at the prices and cringe. On new year’s eve we fill our basket with imported Provencal cheese, duck pate, stuffed mushrooms and froie gras. Add gourmet crackers, a divine cake and chilled champagne, and we’re all set for a new year’s eve celebration at home.
New Year’s Eve Feasting
New year’s eve celebration ideas for staying at home are all about making your home as unlike itself as possible. Forget the dining room table or kitchenette, spread a faux fur blanket in front of your Christmas tree, hearth or just in the middle of your living room and prepare to feast like a Frenchman.
Short of frying the froie gras a little to warm it, there’s little our backpack full of party treats requires but plates and utensils for serving. With music tinkling in the background our new year’s eve celebration at home takes on the ambiance of a picnic in a winter chalet, somewhere far, far away. We toast the new year and enjoy our gourmet treats from around the world.
New Year’s Eve Poem-Exchange
Each year we make our new year’s eve celebration at home an event to remember in years to come. Well in advance of the evening, I create two scrolls on which each of us writes a poem for the other. The poems are dated, and so our new year’s eve celebration is marked with a new poem every year. We start by reading the new poem-scroll to each other, then we take a walk down memory lane by reading past ones. Here’s how to make a poem-scroll yourself .
New Year’s Eve Toast
By now the clock is ticking its way near midnight, and so we embrace a very common new year’s eve celebration idea for staying at home. We switch on the television and watch the new year’s eve countdown in our own city, only a few miles to the west of us. We soak in the atmosphere of the crowd, while snuggling warmly on a sofa together.
One year we walked to our community park to watch the fireworks on the skyline, but we abandoned this new year’s eve celebration idea when we saw how crowded the park was and how few of the fireworks made it high enough to be seen.
At midnight, our new year’s eve celebration at home draws to a close with a final toast and kiss. There’s nothing quite as romantic as looking into the face of the one you love just as you embark on the open road of yet another year together.
I hope our new year’s eve celebration ideas for staying at home entice you into trying a simpler holiday version this year. Best wishes for your new year! And here are some fun new year’s eve facts to talk about.