Some say how you spend your New Year’s Eve will set the tone for the rest of the year. So you want to make sure you are doing something fabulous on December 31! But “fabulous” doesn’t have to mean a glitzy, black tie party. Whether you want to celebrate with your kids, have an adventure or simply relax at home, here are some of the best ways to spend New Year’s Eve.
Children’s Museum or Zoo
Many museums and zoos host Noon-Years Eve party, making it the perfect way to ring in the New Year with your little ones. Not only can you explore the museum, but they’ll host special events like a noon balloon drop and live music.
At an Early Dinner
Most fancy restaurants are going to be serving pre fixe dinners on New Year’s Eve, which can be a lot of fun, but often come with a hefty price tag. Go to a late lunch or an early dinner instead to enjoy regular menu pricing without the crowds.
Hitting the Slopes
Thrill seekers will love going night skiing on New Year’s Eve. Check for lift ticket deals on Liftopia. You’ll find savings up to 72% off. Many ski lodges also host New Year’s Eve parties, so it’s possible to hit the slopes by day and glam up for a party at night.
At the Movies
A lot of blockbusters are released around Christmas, so you’ll have plenty of great options. This year’s most anticipated December releases include Annie, Into The Woods and Unbroken. If you go to the first showing of the day, you’ll typically get an even better price than regular matinee. And that leaves plenty of time to get ready for your New Year’s party.
If you’re staying home this New Year’s Eve, make it a potluck fondue party. This 60s favorite has been making a major comeback. Have each guest bring a fondue pot (you’d be surprised how many people have one!) filled with a cheese, oil, broth or a dessert fondue.
Hosting Game Night
Another great stay-at-home option is to host a casino night. As guests arrive give each an equal amount of play money. Set up casino favorites like black jack and poker, and board games for the kids. Grant a prize to the player with the highest winnings by midnight. Have a buffet dinner to complete the casino theme
Remembering the Year
What better way to spend the last day of the year than reflecting on all the great memories you’ve had. Spread a piece of butcher paper out on the wall and create a timeline for 2014. Have your family draw pictures, write anecdotes and post photos to reflect the highlights. Now you’ll forever have a priceless document with your 2014 memories.