How To Have Fun At A Small, COVID-Safe NYE House Gathering
Published Dec. 27, 2020
In a year when the big celebrations, fireworks and performances are all virtual, New Year’s Eve 2021 is a stay-home activity rather than a must-go-out extravaganza.
But there’s still a away to have fun at home and doing it in a safe and fun manner. Here are PubClub.com’s 7 party tips for celebrating NYE with coronavirus lockdowns in place.
1.) Make Sure All Guests Are Negative.
That’s the most important thing to consider ahead of time. You don’t want your event to become a spreader of the virus or anyone (including yourself) to get it. One way to be sure it to invite people who have recovered from mild COVID cases.
2.) Keep The Gathering To No More Than 8 People
The fewer the guests the better the odds that everyone will be save from COVID. Eight people is a number that can meet the 2021 NYE criteria of a small gathering while also having enough guests to have a lively party.
3.) Have Booze. And Plenty Of Ice
It’s a given to have booze at your gathering but too many party hosts forget another important element: ice. Have plenty of it – twice as much as you think you may need. Drinks can go fast and even if you make special NYE cocktails (see below for recipe suggestions) some people prefer standard drinks and they go through a lot of ice.
4.) Make Sure You Have Enough Food & Drinks
Remember, this year you won’t be able to rush to the neighborhood convenience store to replenish your supplies because it is unlikely to be open due to COVID restrictions. And you don’t want to run out of anything. So stock up on everything.
5.) Rent A Karaoke Machine
You can have a ball without a ball drop by spending the night singing karaoke. Just shut your sliding glass doors if you have a patio and windows so you don’t disturb your neighbors.
6.) Watch Virtual NYE Celebrations Around The World
From Sydney to Berlin to New York City, you’ll be able to watch virtual NYE ball drops and celebrations around the world. You can do this online, on YouTube and in some cases on TV. The Dick Clarke’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve from Times Square is on ABC starting at 8 ET. Performs include Jennifer Lopez, Miley Cyrus and Nelly.
Or if you prefer something a little more progressive, the Eschaton NYE: The Dissolution, is an on-line nightclub you can tune into for $25.
7.) Recipe Ideas For New Year’s Eve Cocktails
Here are some NYE cocktails to make on NYE with the recipes: