Alternatives to Partying on New Year’s Eve: #1 – Staying In

Partying, drinking, dancing, eating, they might seem like a fun way to spend New Years Eve. For some that’s a form of torture, whilst for others it’s simply another day, but just because it is the end of the Gregorian year, no-one said partying is compulsory. So here – for those of you that have lost your New Year’s mojo (or simply have never seen the point) are some suggestions for an alternative New Year’s Eve. It’s a wizard 3 parter too, and whilst it is unlikely that you’ll be able to get your skates on (the chances of a white New Year are pretty non-existent), there are plenty of alternatives. In part 1 we look at the ‘staying in’ alternatives to partying…

A Quiet Movie Night

Stay in for a movie night – get the Haribo, soft drinks and hotdogs into stock and maybe watch a film series back to back. Which will you choose? You could pick something appropriate to the passing  of time – like Back to the Future or Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure – or you could go all 1990’s nostalgic with something like American Pie. Then there’s animation – how about Toy Story or Despicable Me & Minions, then there’s the original three Star Wars films. There’s a big old choice out there.

Family Games Evening

Board Games might seem like a thing of the past, but they bring families together better than many more modern activities. There are plenty of classic favourites to choose from – physical observation and skill games, such as Jenga, Operation, Buckaroo and Ker-plunk, General knowledge and literacy/numeracy based puzzles – such  as boggle, Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit. Then there’s strategy games like Monopoly. Of course, if you do begin Monopoly, make sure you give yourselves about 3 or 4 days to complete it. Has any family ever got to the end of a game of the Entrepreneurial Property-based classic?

A Book in front of the Fire

If you’re lucky enough to live in the parts of London where you’re still allowed an open fire – the parts not covered by nattily named Smoke Control Orders – there’s nothing more cosy that curling up with a book. But even if you are in part of our illustrious Capital it won’t stop you curling yup with a book. And if you hanker after that open fire, well here’s the next best thing. A full 8 hours of HD blazing fireplace. All you’ve got to do is (ahem) fire it up on your laptop, click fullscreen and have it glowing away in the background whilst you immerse yourself in your favourite paperback. Click here for really warm glow:

Have a Sing-Song

It might seem all happy-clappy, but if you’re got a musical family (or friends for that matter) why not break out the guitars, lift the lid on the piano keyboard and have a rip-roaring New Year’s Sing-along-song? Of course you’ll need someone competent enough to strum a six-string or tinkle those ivories – but we find those sorts of individuals are more common than people think – almost every family has one musical talent amongst them. You might not all be able to hold a tune as well as the Family Von Trap, but putting your own stamp on making a Sound of Music is all good with us. Whether you break out some more Christmas Carol’s, or focus on your favourite chart tracks is up to you – but you’ll certainly need to get familiar with the Robbie Burn’s classic that is Old Lang Zyne.

However you decide to celebrate New Years Eve, we hope you have a fantastic time and that 2017 turns out to be all you wish yourself in happiness and good fortune.


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