We're counting down the minutes to New Year's Eve. Never have we been so ready to say goodbye to 2020, and hello to the new year. While we ring in 2021 at home, make sure you have all the essentials nearby to properly toast to the new year.
This year, The Times Square Ball will still drop, and fireworks celebrations will still go on. It will certainly look different, as we gaze on through our TV screens, and nevertheless, we will have a good time saying goodbye to 2020.
Plus, there are some amazing moments to celebrating at home. No crowds, no surging Uber-prices or over-priced meals, and no freezing in your finest dress. You can break out the champagne in your coziest pajamas, or find a reason to dig out your sparkliest dress, whatever makes you happy. Even better, you can play your music at your preferred volume, and do what you want to do, be it dancing around your living room or breaking out the party games.
This year's celebration at home is surely sounding better and better. We've rounded up all the necessities, from entertaining essentials to celebrate the new year with your family, decor for ambiance and even a few activity ideas to make it a night to remember.
Stunning glassware to toast to 2021
Whitney Flutes, Set of 4 | $64 at Anthropologie
Celebrate the roaring 20s, take two. Cheers at midnight with these distinctive star-adorned flutes. You'll be reaching to commemorate every special occasion with these gorgeous glasses.
A cheese board, for obvious reasons
A snazzy bar tools set for crafted cocktails in the lead up to midnight
Mixology Bartender Kit 10-Piece Bar Tool Set | Was $79.99, now $59.99 at Amazon
New Year's Eve is the perfect time to break out the bar tools set for whipping up a variety of craft cocktails and proving your bartending skills at the same time. If you don't have one yet, this 10 piece set, including stainless steel cocktail shaker, muddler, mixing spoon, a Hawthorne strainer, two liquor pourers, ice tongs, and a double-lever corkscrew, all stylishly organized in a bamboo stand is exactly what your bar cart has been missing.
A special backdrop for photos
EAF 2021 Balloons Set $20.99 at Amazon
Whether you're a party of two, accustomed to being at a party of 200, or are a party planner at heart, this fun set will make a spare corner in your living room feel like an event hall, with 40-inch 2021balloons, hanging decorations, and enough balloons to try your hand at crafting a balloon arch.
Capture the festivities
Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera | Was $69.95, now $59.95 at Amazon
Now that you indulged in a statement-making backdrop, it's only natural to want to take a million and one photos in front of it. Pass around a disposable camera or Instant camera for analog memories. Or try this idea, take a group selfie of everyone leading up to midnight, and string up the photos along the wall to capture the final hours of 2021.
Cozy up on the sofa with a shimmery throw blanket
VCNY Home Foil Speckle Throw Blanket in Grey | $24.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond
Contribute to your throw blanket collection with your sparkliest throw yet. Wrapping yourself in this metallic foil throw blanket is the equivalent of pulling out your favorite dress, and you'll get much more use out of it than just wearing that all-sequined dress once!
Try out some mood lighting
Hosley, Metallic Antique Silver Glass Votives, Set of 6 | $15.98 at Amazon
Fill your living room with these metallic antique-styled votives for an intimate effect.
Gather round a party-game
Etsy's independent makers have thought up hundreds of game ideas that are perfect for ringing in the new year, many of which are available as easy printable downloads. There's something for everyone, from drinking games to bingo, to create a little friendly competition. And if that's not for you, there's always classic crowd-pleasers like Cards Against Humanity or Exploding Kittens.