Are you spending New Year’s Eve alone? From hosting a virtual games night with distant loved ones to making your own cocktails, there are plenty of ways you can see in 2021 from the comfort of your own home.

While many of us will be spending New Year’s Eve at home due to tighter Tier 4 restrictions, it can still be an evening full of fellowship, fun, food and reflection.

Need some inspiration? Take a look at some of the things you can do below…

1. Tune into a virtual event

This year, many of our favourite New Year’s Eve events have moved online. If you’re looking for something to do, pour yourself a glass of bubbly and tune into a virtual event.

Choose from virtual firework displays in London, live performances from the Notre-Dame in Paris, and a comedy evening that will brighten up your night in an instant.

2. Play a virtual game

We might not be able to gather in person, but don’t let that stop your fun. A virtual party game — whether it’s a family quiz or bingo — is a great way to keep the spirits high and connect with loved ones.

Simply download a video conferencing app, such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Skype, and get the whole family celebrating New Year’s Eve together.

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3. Host a virtual cocktail night

If you’re a party person, then raise a glass to 2021 with a virtual cocktail night. Simply make sure everyone gets their ingredients beforehand, choose a easy-to-follow recipe (we love this Christmas cocktail made with mulled wine), design your Zoom background and let the fun commence. Cheers!

“If you’re feeling daring and want to lead the cocktail making session on the call, you could even try a few nifty tricks and test out your mixologist skills,” Jess Martin, expert party planner at Ginger Ray, says. “Make your drinks that little bit extra by adding a showstopper decoration, such as a sparkler.”

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4. Do something that sparks joy

From indulging in a movie marathon to soaking up nature, why not do something that brings you joy without being weighed down by guilt. Top tip: take a digital detox over the New Year period. It will give you the headspace to focus on what makes you happy, while providing you with a break from the often anxiety-inducing news.

5. Volunteer

If you’re able to, try volunteering locally at food banks, nursing homes or animal shelters. Sadly, many have gone without this year, so giving back to those in need is a great way to spread joy. Always call in advance, as some volunteering opportunities may have paused due to the ongoing coronavirus spread.

Looking for other ways to make a difference on New Year’s? Take a look at some of the things you can do below…

  • Volunteer with the charity Re-Engage and speak with elderly people who are spending the season alone.
  • Donate to a mental health charity working tirelessly through the pandemic (see a full list of where to donate to here).
  • Gift a Refuge parcel to help a young woman in need at this time of year.
  • Donate to Centerpoint to help the homeless.

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