Decorate for 2021

15 Quarantine New Year's Eve Ideas 2021
New Year Decoration. Photo: AliExpress

It wouldn't be New Year's Eve without a glittery decoration or two. Add a festive touch to your home with these over-the-top 2021 balloons. Bonus: They're the perfect photo backdrop if you decide to take pics (and you absolutely should!).

Watch a movie

Sure, the New Year's Eve movie genre isn't as established as the Christmas one, but there are a few classics you can always turn to. Light a few candles and settle in with some snacks and champagne for a cozy holiday you'll always remember.

Make a festive dinner

The best way to ring in a new year is with a delicious dinner. Instead of going out to a local spot, whip up something at home. You can never go wrong with a roast chicken and some tasty side dishes.

Bake a delicious dessert

15 Quarantine New Year's Eve Ideas 2021
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After a year like 2020, we all deserve a treat. Pick out a few dessert recipes you want to try and start baking on the morning of the 31st. That way, you'll have delicious snacks to enjoy all day and night —because the best thing to do after the ball drops is eat a cookie, according to GoodHouseKeeping.

Make some noise

What’s a party without some noise? And when it’s to ring in a brand New Year, there should be plenty of it! Take the party a notch higher with a DIY Noise Maker that is both bright and shiny and also makes some noise.

Make New Year’s Eve party crackers

Make these colorful New Year’s Eve party crackers from Moms and Munchkins to give your party that extra POP! This is the perfect way to end your great party – hand out poppers to all the kids and let them go pop! Just make sure you have enough cardboard rolls to make the number of poppers you need, as reported by Artsycraftsymom.

Play some games

The best thing about parties are the games — so make sure you've got a few on deck for New Year's Eve. You can find a ton of games like Scattegories, Bingo, and Family Feud on Etsy. If you're calling into a party on video chat, there are also plenty of games to play on Zoom.

Write down your resolutions

15 Quarantine New Year's Eve Ideas 2021
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Since you're staying home this year, you'll have extra time to work on your New Year's resolutions. Try to cover a range of baskets — things like career, health, finances, and self care — and get ready to have your best year yet.

Take some pics

Everyone loves a good photo booth. Buy some Insta-worthy props and set them up in front of a DIY backdrop. To make one quickly, tape silver or gold wrapping paper to the wall — preferably one in front of a window for some pretty natural light.

Make a memory jar

Here's a fun idea for New Year's Eve: Decorate a "Memory Jar" to keep over the next 12 months. Every time something incredible happens, write about it on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. You can even include momentos like ticket stubs and cards. On New Year's Eve 2022, you can open the jar and take a walk down memory lane.

Make a toast

Pop a bottle of champagne and raise a glass to all the incredible experiences you'll have in the New Year. Bonus points if you serve it up in a statement glass.

Watch the Ball Drop online

15 Quarantine New Year's Eve Ideas 2021
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To encourage social distancing, the Times Square ball drop will go virtual this year. Fortunately, the event will still features performers and speakers, just like it has in years past. "The world desperately needs to come together symbolically and virtually to celebrate the people and things we love and to look forward with a sense of renewal and new beginnings,” Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, said in a press release about the event.

Get dressed up

Just because you're staying home doesn't mean you have to wear your PJs (although if you want to, you should!). Throw on your favorite holiday dress and some bold New Year's Eve makeup. Who cares if the only one who sees it is the cat?

Make a scrapbook

There's no denying it: 2020 was a year to remember. Commemorate the past 12 months by putting together a scrapbook or photo album. It's a great way to get creative and look back on all the incredible memories you made.

Do Popcorn Party Favors

These printable favor tags from Happy Go Lucky Blog are so cute! The tag says “So happy we’re POPPIN’ into the New Year together!”. Besides the cute pun, the black and gold color scheme also goes perfectly for New Year’s Eve.

COVID New Year Restrictions and Safety Measures and SOPs to Celebrate New Year 2021 during Quarantine

While people will be celebrating COVID New Year and Christmas in one form or another, even though there will no public gathering, you are required to follow certain COVID New Year restrictions, safety measures, and SOPs to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Thankfully, the instructions are already out from the World Health Organization (WHO) and governments about what to do for New Year’s Eve during COVID-19.

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