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New Year’s Eve indoors? Celebrate in style with these party ideas

If you're missing the club, then bring the club to you!

While ringing in 2021 from the comfort of your own home sounds like a dream to some, for the social butterflies it might be full of dread.

Yet if you’re armed with ideas on how to bring the fun to you, rather than worrying that you’re missing out, you may never want to venture from the sofa on December 31 again.

Whether you’re keeping it chill by flying solo, just with a friend or two, or perhaps have a big household, here are some activities to get the cogs turning about what to do.

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Play a party game

First up, party games are essential.

If the classics like Scrabble and Monopoly make you want to run in the opposite direction, then try something that is guaranteed to bring in the laughs rather than test your patience.

Our faves are Pictionary, Cards Against Humanity, and Trapped – the latter of which is an escape rooms game pack so you can turn your home into your very own theme park attraction.

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Create a new year’s resolution jar

Whether or not we ever actually stick to new year resolutions is often irrelevant, as they are always a talking point!

This year, why not write down your goals on a slip of paper, along with anyone else in your bubble, then put them in a jar before leaving them to one side and opening them again on December 31, 2021 to see if or who honoured theirs.

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Give mixology a whirl

If you drink alcohol, then you’ll know cocktails and New Year’s Eve are a match made in heaven. And if you’re a sober sassy, then mocktails are just as tantalising for a NYE treat.

You can either go on instinct alone, or there are YouTube tutorials aplenty to help.

Whether Margaritas tickle your taste-buds, Espresso Martinis please your palette, or you’re more of an Old Fashioned enthusiast, just be sure to buy your supplies ahead of time.

Turn your living room into a dancefloor

We’re pretty sure most of you won’t need too much encouragement for this one, though just in case you’re mourning your favourite club remember you can recreate it at home.

Turn the lights low, and if you don’t have a dimmer, switch them off entirely and use lamps or candles to bring the party vibe, whack on some tunes and dance like no one’s watching.

We’d recommend creating a party playlist on Spotify beforehand as otherwise any songs you dislike on the radio might end up being a buzzkill.

Ask your mates or family to chip in with tunes too, so there’s a little something for everyone.  

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Recap the year

Hold fire! We know this year is one we don’t want to remember.

However, we are coming out the other side and have survived the most extraordinary year that most of us will ever witness in our lifetimes.

Take a moment to connect with yourself and family by reflecting on the positives, perhaps you have become closer to someone from having spent more time with them, or saved money from commuting, or learned a new skill, or heard the birds sing again, whatever feel-good memory you can think of will help pave the way for heading into 2021 optimistically.

Our recap moment is definitely launching Uspire, and connecting with each and every one of you.

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