How To Celebrate New Year's Eve At Home: Ideas That Don’t Suck

Soon enough, hindsight will be 2020!

New Year's Eve At Home

This year—more than ever—it feels especially important to welcome in 2021 the right way. With stay-home orders and mandated venue closings throughout the country, chances are you’ll be celebrating at home. But don’t let that stop you from setting the proper tone for this upcoming year. From sensible outfit ideas that sparkle to subscription boxes that get the party going, these ideas for how to celebrate New Year’s Eve at home will make the countdown to midnight memorable. 

The best things come in shipped packages

The perfect sendoff for 2020, Peace Out Party Box from Confetë Party has a la cart hosting items that include plates, cups, confetti, oversized balloons, and more. A pricier, more complete package for up to eight guests is A Party Made Perfect’s New Year’s Eve Bash in a Box, which has all of the dinnerware, decor, party hats and goodie bags you could want. 

Once you have the decor squared away, think about how you want to spend the hours leading up to midnight. You could play games, put together a 2021 mood board, or host a karaoke night with the Bonaok Bluetooth Microphone that hooks up to your smartphone.

If you’re spending the evening with a partner, you could count down to the ball drop by pulling cards from the Intimacy Deck by Best Self, which gives couples prompts that spark spicy convos. Go a step further with a sensual bundle from The Fantasy Box.

Since there won’t be much FOMO this year, you could also skip the next-day hangover by having a self-care night. Grab Bright Boxes’ Spa Box for the night of pampering you deserve for making it through 2020. After a night filled with taking a long bath and applying a face mask, set your intentions for the New Year during a livestream yoga class the next morning with The Peoples Yoga.

Cute but make it comfy 

Sure, the Retrofete sequin wrap dress is a NYE spectacle, but if you’re staying in, chances are you’ll want to be a bit more comfortable. That doesn’t mean you have to compromise your sparkly ’fit. Pair this BB Dakota fringe sweater (1) with a pair of faux leather leggings from Spanx (2), and complete the look with Ellie Vail ear cuffs (3) and a pair of Birdies cheetah flats (4).

NYE Outfit Idea

Down to indulge?

The best part of every holiday is the food, yes or yes? If dining out isn’t an option, order takeout from your favorite restaurant to help support local. Complement the meal with a charcuterie board loaded with meats and cheeses from iGourment’s Ultimate Party Collection. And, add a caviar moment with one of Roe's Indulge Box

If you prefer a home-cooked meal, sign up for a virtual cooking class on New Year’s Eve hosted by Sur La Table. Learn live over Zoom how to make an incredible steak during a step-by-step, 2-hour tutorial.

Plus, don’t forget dessert! Order from your favorite local bakery, or try making the Instagram-famous rainbow explosion cake at home with William Sonoma’s baking kit.

A cocktail moment 


Host a midnight toast with friends over Zoom by sending you guests cocktail kits from the Cocktail Academy in advance so that everyone on the call can mix their drinks together.

If vodka is your drink of choice (like it is mine), Ketel One is offering a Holiday Spritz Kit that includes everything you need to make six cocktails in three different varieties. 

You could opt for a wine tasting with 12 different glasses of wine from around the world, sent inside the Get Vine Box.

Of course you can also grab a bottle of Veuve to cheers with when the countdown reaches 3, 2, 1. To make things interesting, create a Champagne bar with different fruits and juices to add to your flutes. Oh, and make sure you have the proper glassware!