New Year’s Eve is the time of festive celebrations. Out with the old, in with the new. Many people get a sense of joy knowing that they can begin a clean slate. Everything from new weight loss ventures to saying goodbye to old habits come to the forefront at this time.
We have given you traditions, ideas, and fun little novelties that you can add to your evening. From staying home, to a quiet evening alone, to heading out to a festive party, these ideas will be sure to bring cheer, tradition, and memories to your New Year!
Choose a theme.
This is one of our favorites as it allows everybody to participate in the festivities. We don’t want you to turn New Year’s Eve into a Halloween costume party, but rather add a central theme that everyone will love to be a part of...Choosing a theme for New Year’s Eve lets everybody explore their creativity to the theme that you’ve chosen and makes for amazing pictures and a great evening. These themes can be simple. Pajamas, festive and fun hats, 80s and Disney themes. Or you can go more extravagant: "Grease Lightning," ballroom attire, Hawaiian, My Little Ponies. Be as creative as you like with your themes. Share with your friends and family and watch the evening unfold into a magical time.
The Saran Wrap Game
Yes, folks, an oldie but goodie. We play this game every year and every year, it never loses the spark.
What you will need to play this game:
- Several boxes of saran wrap
- A pair of dice
- Bowl or plate
Keep in mind that the average box of saran wrap is approximately 200 feet. Depending on the amount of people you’re playing with or how long you’d like the game will be a fair judge of how many rolls of saran wrap you use. Save the best prize for the middle. If you’re feeling generous, a $100 bill or a gift card is a splendid middle prize. We suggest to making the outermost layer fun goodies such as :
- Tic Tacs
- Hair ties
- Toys from the dollar store
- Fluffy socks
- Small bottles of hand sanitizer
- Bite-size candy bars
Rules for the game:
Saran wrap ball goes to one person and the pair of dice go to the person to their left. The person with the dice continues to roll in the plate or bowl until they roll a pair of doubles. The person with the ball of saran wrap unwraps it as quickly as they can until the person to their left rolls doubles. The person with the saran wrap ball must keep the ball on their lap. They will find it very easy to unroll if they place it on the floor. They keep any goodies they come across while unrolling. Then, the saran wrap ball gets passed to the person who rolled the doubles and the dice get passed to that person’s left. Watch the saran wrap ball go round and round as the prizes are revealed and see who gets the best prize of all in the middle.
Ways to make the game more challenging: blindfold the person unwrapping the saran wrap ball, put mittens or gloves on the person unwrapping the ball.
New panties and bras are an old tradition in many cultures. Some cultures stress new red or yellow panties and bras. The color doesn’t really matter as much as the idea behind purchasing new delicates to wear on New Year’s Eve. This is a signification of going into the New Year fresh, clean, and with a new slate. Some people go as far as to throwing out all of their old panties and bras and purchasing all new ones. Either way, starting the year with a fresh set of delicates will be sure to put you on the right foot.
The Box of Sayonara
According to vocabulary.com, sayonara means: farewell; word of farewell; an acknowledgment or expression of goodwill at parting.
Whether you decorate your own box or buy one already decorated at the store, use an empty bottle of soda or a cleaned out milk carton. The sayonara box is a sure way to say farewell to things in the past that you are ready to let go of.
Everybody writes their sayonara farewell on a piece of paper and drops them in the sayonara box or container. At midnight, depending on your location, they can be tossed into the ocean, burned in a fire place, or more simply tossed in the garbage bag and tied. Out with the old, in with the new.
The Box of Hope
Once again, this can be a box that you decorate yourself, buy, or anything you choose to use as a container. In this box, everybody writes an inspirational joy or happy thoughts on a piece of paper. Everybody takes a turn pulling out a hope from the box. This is meant to bring everyone into the New Year with positive, hopeful, new aspirations for their life.
Pin a Dollar, Give a Holla
Very simply, everyone gets a dollar pinned on them for good luck.
This the materials you will need :
- safety pins
- dollar bills
Crisp, fresh dollar bills from the bank work best, if available. Everyone takes a turn pinning a dollar onto somebody else. As they pin the dollar on them, they give words of love, courage, and hope to that person for the New Year. The traditional thing to do with the dollar bills after the New Year is to tape them on the back of a favorite photo or framed picture within your home, writing the year on them, bringing you luck for years to come.
Lentils of luck—it is traditional for families and friends to cook and eat lentils on New Year’s Eve to bring luck and wealth. There are a variety of lentil recipes out there. They can be made in a crockpot, on the stove, or bought in the can. However you choose to make your lentils, they will be sure to bring you wealth and luck into the New Year.
The 12 grapes—this tradition originated from Spain. At the stroke of midnight, one grape is eaten per second for the first 12 seconds of the New Year. This signifies luck in each month of the new year. As you can imagine, it gets tricky and quite fun as someone tries to get each grape down in one second. Seedless grapes are recommended. Most set out a plate of 12 grapes for each guest. This is not recommended for children under 12 years old. As the clock strikes midnight, a designated person can count 12 seconds out loud if you don’t live by a church or a tower that “bongs." You can also use an iPhone app called G-clock that makes the “bong” sound.
Whatever traditions or festivities you choose to partake in, the suggestions are sure to make your New Year’s the best one ever. Please share the traditions you have used here or your own special ones on your social media!
Happy New Year's!!!!