Written by Georgia Lockstone

New Year’s Eve: 5 ideas for celebrating at home

From romantic dinner decor ideas to creating an unforgettable home cinema for the kids, here’s how your lockdown New Year’s Eve could look in 2020.

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For the majority of the UK, the last night of 2020 is looking to be a quiet one, but you should still ring in the New Year in style.

We round-up five ways you can make the most out of the New Year’s countdown from the comfort of your own home.

For kid-focused fun

Image: Cute accessories from Dunelm make a cosy set-up for an at-home sleepover  

Although going out or seeing loved ones isn’t on the cards, it’s still pretty easy to make seeing in the New Year from home a magical moment for the kids.

Create the ultimate sibling slumber party by swapping boring beds for glamping-style luxury teepees decked out with fairy lights and bunting. You could even make the evening extra special by bringing the cinema to them with a Portable 84” Projector Screen – perfect for nighttime movie marathons accompanied by lots and lots of snacks.

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For a sophisticated date night

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Image: This scheme created by acclaimed tablescaping expert Fiona Leahy for Thejoyofplants.co.uk and Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk would definitely add some drama to your night

Had to trade in a glamorous dinner or meet-up with friends for a night in just the two of you? Bring the fine dining experience to your digs with a home-cooked meal, and a few fancy table accents.

Transform your everyday eating spot into a divine private dining destination with simple personal touches like festive tablecloths, neatly arranged place settings, and a gorgeous dried flower bouquet centrepiece. Design your own menus to display in place-card or photo holders, and perfect your lighting by opting for traditional candlesticks or twinkling fairy lights.

For garden festivities

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Image: Using accessories stocked by All in One Design & Build Studio, stylist Portia Carroll has created an atmospheric outdoor dining set up for a winter’s evening. 

If you’ve got a garden, then wrapping up warm and embracing American campfire culture could be the key to an enjoyable start to 2021.

Perfect the ambience with some elegant string lights, throw some logs on a firepit, and get to work toasting some marshmallows. Be sure to snuggle up with a hot chocolate – with or without a splash of Bailey’s – and then see in the new year with some sparklers.

For family games and bonding

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Image: Try this fun family game from Ginger Ray

Keen for a family-focused night? Switch the television off and spend some quality time together with a good old-fashioned board game and some extra special snacks.

Lay out some blankets and cushions, and host an evening of lateral thinking and fun from the comfort of your own home, with an Escape Room Game. Solving all those riddles, clues and conundrums is hungry work – so get everybody snacking on a jar of gourmet popcorn, to get those cogs turning.

For seeing in 2021 solo

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Image: New Year’s is the perfect time to treat yourself to some little luxuries such as a bath bomb

Don’t let being alone stop you from treating yourself for getting through 2020. Indulge in a night of self-care, pampering, and your go-to takeaway.

Treat yourself to a luxuriously exfoliating bath set, load up a bamboo bath rack with some snacks and your favourite tipple, and enjoy a long soak. After you’re done with the tub, lather yourself in some nourishing body butter, and see in the new year feeling fresh.

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