Big blowout parties with fancy attire. Masses of people huddling in frigid Times Square. Midnight kisses and noisemakers filling the air as everyone shouts “HAPPY NEW YEAR!” It’s hard to imagine a New Year’s Eve without all of the usual unbridled merriment (unless, of course, you’ve always preferred to enjoy a quiet night at home) but there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the end of 2020 and, more importantly, start off strong in 2021.

IDEAS FOR ENDING 2020 ON A HIGH NOTE

Watch the Virtual Times Square Ball Drop

Set up a Zoom call with your best pals so you can all pop the champagne, count down together and talk about the best and worst of 2020. Better yet, talk about your hopes and dreams for 2021.

Get Crafty

This blog post from One Good Thing features 31 great ideas for New Year’s Eve crafts the whole family will love. From hourly countdown bags filled with treats and activities to a DIY balloon drop to a scavenger hunt, there are so many ways to get creative this New Year’s Eve!

Trivia Night

Whether you’re staying in with family, inviting a small group of friends over for a socially distant gathering or arranging a Zoom call, trivia is a fun activity to close out the year. Quiz everyone on the biggest happenings of 2020 or pick a fun theme everyone will enjoy.

Prepare a Delicious Make-Ahead Breakfast

After a night of staying up late and going a little overboard on the bubbly, you may not feel like making a big breakfast in the morning. Thank goodness for this list of mouthwatering sweet and savory make-ahead breakfast recipes from Betty Crocker! Overnight French toast, anyone?

RESOLUTIONS FOR 2021

Get Fit From Home

Committing to more exercise is the most common New Year’s Resolution. Fortunately, the First Coast YMCA has you covered! Become a member to take advantage of safe, socially-distant group classes or stay active at home with access to tons of on-demand virtual workouts at ymca360.org. Fresh air is important too, so be sure to take a stroll or a bike ride down your nearby trails!

De-Clutter Your Life

A new year brings a fresh start, so why not take this opportunity to freshen up your space? Whether it’s cleaning out closets, asking the kids to sort through toys, making room in your bookcase or tackling the garage, there’s never a bad time to eliminate the stuff you no longer need or want.

Learn to Cook Something New

Whether you’re a skilled home cook or a novice in the kitchen, there’s something rewarding about learning a new recipe. Is eating healthy a struggle? Challenge yourself to try a healthy but delicious dish. Love to cook but not much of a baker? Step out of your comfort zone by baking a sweet treat. Tired of the same old classic standbys? Experiment with international flavors you’ve never tried.

Explore a New Hobby

Dabbling in a new activity is a great way to pass the time and learn new skills. Explore your artistic side through painting, drawing or sculpting. Take up knitting or crocheting so you can make yourself a new scarf or cozy throw. Learn a new language to prepare for your future travels. The possibilities are endless!

How to do you plan to ring in the New Year?