It seems unthinkable, but you won’t be able to see the Times Square ball drop in person this year. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have a rockin’ New Years Eve, though. In fact, there are so many great ideas circulating out there to welcome in 2021 that we thought we’d share them with you. These are our favorite ways we’ve found to ring in the New Year with style!


Even if you live alone, there’s no reason you can’t go all out decorating your home for the holiday. This has been quite a year, and we deserve to surround ourselves with beautiful things to say goodbye to 2020. So bust out that confetti, get yourself some noisemakers, and maybe even order some fun 2021 balloons!

Watch the ball drop virtually

Just because we can’t gather in person this year doesn’t mean that we can’t still watch the ball drop. While thousands won’t be celebrating in the streets, there will still be live performances in Times Square and we’ll still be able to watch that famous ball signal the start of 2021. So get comfy in your pajamas, grab a glass of champagne, and enjoy the festivities on TV this year.

Master a new cocktail

There’s no reason to be sad that you won’t spend a fortune on a craft cocktail in a pricey bar this year. You can learn to make your own delicious libations at home! Whether you’re drinking cocktails or mocktails, having a tasty drink in your hand is the perfect way to toast the New Year. There are tons of great resources online to help you find the perfect recipe.

Host a game night

If games are your thing, then hosting a game night this New Year’s Eve sounds like a homerun. For those that have others at home, then bust out the board games and have an all-day marathon of your favorites. But if your opponents happen to live elsewhere, you can still join in on the fun. There are lots of great ideas online for setting up a virtual game night that you can share with your friends and family no matter where everyone lives.


There’s no rule that says you always have to have a big blowout on New Year’s Eve. Maybe this is the year you spend quietly at home, reflecting on what you want your life to look like in 2021. Take time for journaling about the past year. While it has been extremely challenging for most people, remember to also think about your accomplishments. Celebrate them! Then think about what you’d like to accomplish in the coming year and make some resolutions.

Make a big brunch

Finally, start 2021 on a good foot by preparing a delicious brunch at home on New Year’s Day. There are lots of recipes online for make-ahead brunch casseroles, so you can just get up in the morning and pop it in the oven. And don’t let that leftover champagne go to waste – pour a mimosa and toast that 2020 is finally behind us!

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