New Year’s Eve can be a time to put on your season’s best and ring in the New Year until the wee hours of the morning. We’ve had our fair share of exactly this and so we thought we’d change it up a bit this year. One of our goals for the new year is to stop saying yes to everything and instead, create more meaning and less craziness by saying yes to only the things that matter. Lightbulb moment. So, if you are reading this and have yet to plan a grandiose NYE evening, maybe switch gears and try one of the suggestions below to create a night that is sure to be as fun and celebratory minus the next day puffy eyes.
Our favorite kind of party is one that involves a cheese board. Wine is assumed. We love the idea of gathering friends together to create earthy and flavorful boards, filled with a variety of cheese, meats and breads. We add fresh fruit and fruit preserves to add color and sweetness as well as a few sauces like mustard, chutney and honey to add even more depth and flavor. Have your guests bring wine that pairs well with the types of cheeses you are serving and viola, Happy New Year.
To add even more meaning to this evening, you can have your guests fill out responses to questions and try to guess who said what. Ideas like:
We all need a good belly laugh (the more the better) and game night usually supplies no shortage. We included our favorite games that have us laughing until our bellies and cheeks hurt.
This is one of the best board games for family game night and parties with friends Have you ever heard a word that “triggered” you to sing a song? If so, then YOU are Spontuneous! One player says a word and the race is on for the others to sing a song containing that word. Talent is NOT required!
This classic board game has a new hilarious adult twist, beginning the game with each player having a sizable debt and then working to pay it off all the while enduring some pretty funny (and quite accurate) situations that deal with stress, struggle and existential despair. Calling all millennials.
We realize this is an older game, but still has us cracking up. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone answers with their funniest white card. The genius of Cards Against Humanity, solely as a party game, is that it encourages intimacy by allowing players to violate the norms together hopefully offending one another. We said “hopefully.”
The creak of footsteps on the stairs, the smell of something foul and dead, the feel of something crawling down your back – this and more can be found in the exciting refresh of the Avalon Hill favorite Betrayal at House on the Hill. This fun and suspenseful game is a new experience almost every time you play – you and your friends explore “that creepy old place on the hill” until enough mystic misadventures happen that one of the players turns on all of the others. Hours of fun for all your friends and family. Designed for 3–6 players aged 12 and up, this board game features multiple scenarios, a different lay-out with every game, and enough chills to freeze the heart of any horror fan.
Brought to you by the F*ckjerry team, this is the adult party game everyone is talking about. Think you’ve got what it takes to out-meme your friends IRL? Compete to create the funniest meme by pairing Caption Cards with the Photo Card in play. A rotating judge picks the best combination each round.
There is something uber satisfying about going somewhere but without the hassle of actually going somewhere. Who is with me? Why not pack an overnight bag and head to your favorite local hotel for a quiet and probably much needed night in? Talk a walk around your city, visit a museum and then head back, put on p.j.’s and order in. Wake up feeling refreshed and ready to bring on the New Year.
This is a fun and easy way to entertain that doesn’t take a whole lot of prep work but involves a whole lot of FUN! Whip up some speciality drinks and fun desserts and this night can easily take you through midnight and beyond. We were recently introduced to ‘Milk Punch‘ at one of our favorite Austin restaurants, Jeffrey’s. Let’s just say we’re hooked. It’s eggnog-ish but not so decadent and rich that you can only handle one. Or maybe that’s a good thing. Another fun and easy to serve (no prep required) drink is Moet & Chandon’s newest champagne that is served over ice. Moët Ice Imperial is the first champagne specifically designed to be sipped over ice, namely 3 cubes for the perfect water to wine ratio. Add a garnish of mint leaves or strawberries for added flavor.
For a fun and easy dessert, try a Chocolate Fondue Station. Kids and adults alike will be feeling very festive! Add some sparklers and you’ve just thrown the easiest party ever.
There is no better way to ring in the New Year than by starting it right by giving back. We recently toured a homeless village in Austin and I can’t get something out of my head that one particular person said to me. She said that of the many things that homeless people struggle with, the hardest for most is the lack of connection with those around them. She said if she could change one thing about being homeless it would be ’that people look me in the eye.” This stung me, as I know I’ve been guilty of this very thing. So, in this vein, my family is grabbing items that are most suitable, packaging them up and delivering on New Year’s Eve.
A few good recommendations for items:
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