Written by: Erin Montgomery
The holidays are a busy time of year and can get pretty expensive! Once you get through Christmas and all of the gifts, it’s time to start thinking of your New Year's Eve plans. By that time, you've likely broken your budget. You may be partied out. Or, let's get real -- maybe you just can't find a sitter! Well, you are in luck! Here are some awesome ideas that don’t require leaving the house.
Create a DIY Balloon Drop
While you may be tuned into one of the many New Year’s shows and anxiously awaiting the traditional ball drop, you can also have a little ball drop of your own. Balloon drop that is! Blow up about 20 balloons and place them on the fan in your living room, kitchen, bedroom -- wherever. In order to make them stay, you will need to place a sheet over top of them and secure it to the ceiling. Then, when the clock strikes midnight, simply turn on the fan and pull down the sheet and watch those balloons drop!
Create a New Year’s Eve Photo Booth
A photo booth is a super fun way to create some New Year's memories. Plus, it's easy to set-up and pretty cost effective! Simply find a blank wall (you may have to remove photos currently on the wall) or put a backdrop on the wall like a sheet or something sparkly from the party store! Head over to the dollar aisle and pick up some props. Hats, confetti, headbands -- you get the idea. You can even cut out lips and beards and glue them on wooden sticks. Then ask everyone to jump in the photo booth and snap some pics!
Create Resolutions Together
Another way to ring in the New Year is to reflect on the year that has gone by. Ask each other what their favorite part of 2016 was and what they hope to accomplish in 2017. Together, you can sit down and relive all of those good times and plan out some memories you hope to make in the New Year!
Celebrate in Different Time Zones
Planning to do some traveling in the New Year? Then this is a game for you! Instead of waiting for midnight, why not ring in the New Year in different time zones?! Every country celebrates the New Year at a different time, so grab your phone, choose five countries and watch that world clock! Once it hits midnight in Paris or Australia, clink your glasses and celebrate.
No matter how you decide to spend the New Year, you know it will be a fun night because you are ringing it with the people you care about most.