As the year draws to a close, you want to end it in a significant way. But compared to going all out like you did last Christmas, this time you’re looking for something low-key yet intimate. Instead of wowing a large crowd, you’re thinking of spending New Year’s Eve with just your family and a few close friends.

If that is your goal, here are a few New Year’s Eve party ideas you can consider.

Dress up

Even if you are celebrating with just the members of your family, encourage everyone to dress up in their best clothing. You can then have a fancy party complete with food and drinks.

Movie and pizza marathon

If you want something understated and that requires minimal preparation, you can have a movie marathon and order pizzas. Let everyone have a say in terms of which movies to watch as well as which flavors of pizza to order. Better yet, you can make your own pizza.


Instead of watching movies, you can bring out your favorite board games and play with your family and your close pals.

Belt out some tunes

Another way to get everyone into the festive mood is to bring the karaoke machine out so that everyone can sing and dance.

New Year’s countdown

If you have small kids in your household, they may have to go to bed even before the New Year is ushered in. In order to make them participate and not feel left out, you can set one clock in the house and dial it a few hours forward so that they can join the countdown. Bring out the noisemakers, party hats, and confetti.

But what about the decorations? Instead of purchasing new decor and looking for living room decorating ideas, you can simply recycle the decorations you already set up for Christmas.

This will allow you to save time, money and effort. All you have to do is to tweak a few of the decorations you currently have, and then customize these.

For your home’s exteriors, you can add more Christmas lights. For the living room and nearby areas, you can use your Christmas ornaments and green branches and then add some snowflakes to these.

Keep the dining table simple yet festive by using a bouquet of winter flowers. Alternatively, you can hang decorations over the dining table. For hallways and doors, you can add decor and chandeliers. Or if you want to be creative, you can craft your own decor.