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2020 has taken on a whole new meaning of New Year's Eve at home. We've had plenty of years where we didn't go out, mostly once we became parents. We always try to do a little something as a family on New Year's Eve. There is one stand-out year for us where it was extra fun that was 2013-2014 we had a blast with some of the below ideas and I added a few for you too!


Here are 10 fun ideas to ring in 2021 with the fam bam!


  1. Photo Booth

  2. DIY Ball Drop

  3. Cookie Decorating

  4. Special Midnight Kisses

  5. Specialty Drinks

  6. Sparkler Fun

  7. DIY Party Poppers

  8. New Year Intentions

  9. Pajama Party

  10. New Year Cake & Milk


Homemade photo booth with props. You can make it as elaborate or simple as you'd like and on any budget, really.


  • Make your backdrop. That can be as easy as hanging up a sheet, streamers, balloons, plastic table cloth, metallic fringe curtains on a wall, or garland. Or if you want something a little more elaborate you can construct one with PVC pipe spray paint and add balloons or purchase a backdrop stand.

  • Select your props. First, check around the house what do you have that you can use {old Halloween costumes work great}. If all else fails or you don't have enough, the Dollar Tree is a great place to go for props, you can often find fun signs, hats, headbands, glasses, etc.

  • Photo Capture. All you need is your phone {use your timer function or a Bluetooth remote} and a way to prop up your phone. You can use a good old selfie stick, tripod, or a phone propped up on boxes.

Here are some fun examples of DIY photo booths:


johnlewis.com weddingwire.com the-lilypad.com

consumercrafts.com officedepot.com knotandnestdesign.com




NYE ball drop. There are a few ways you can have your very own New York City style NYE ball drop.


  • Hang silver balloons from the ceiling

  • Hang LED light balloons from the ceiling

  • Make a balloon drop with white and silver balloons

  • Hang a tinsel/glitter ball from the ceiling and lower it at midnight

Here is some NYE ball drop inspo:


amazon.com hwtm.com balloontime.com



New Years cookie decorating. Make sugar cookies in the shape of circles (decorate like a clock), numbers (2021), bow ties, party horns, champagne glasses, and balloons. Use gold, silver, and black sprinkles, icing, edible sparkles, etc.


Picture: sugarandiced.com


Midnight Kisses. It isn't New Year's without kisses at midnight. Give your loved ones chocolate kisses along with the real ones!




Create a specialty drink. Make your own specialty drink, what kid {and kid at heart} doesn't love cotton candy?






Light the night up! It's not New Year's Eve without sparklers for all to enjoy. Hand out some sparklers for the family to enjoy outside when the sun goes down. Add this printable to jazz up the sparklers




Make the night a blast. Make DIY party poppers with the family. Use what you have around the house. Check out my blog post on how to make a party popper.



Set your intentions. Have each family member set a personal and family intention for the New Year. This doesn't have to be a resolution, think of it as a sort of vision board for the next year. Write it and post it to see all year long.



House party in style. What's NYE without a dance party? Give each family member matching or coordinating pajamas and have a dance party. Have each family member come up with 5-10 of their favorite songs and add them to your playlist.



Blow out the light on the current year. Celebrate the New Year by blowing out candles for the current year and enjoy some cake with milk served in champagne glasses.


  • Make your own cake or pick one from your local grocery store

  • Add numbered candles for the year you are saying goodbye to


Picture: Yankee Girl Yummies Picture: MyCakeSchool.com



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Happy New Year!