Ring in 2021 with these fun ideas!

By Jenny Sites December 31, 2020

Yet another festive occasion that isn't going to look like "normal". Typically we have a ton of NYE parties to choose from and NY day events to enjoy. This year, since gatherings are limited, lots of people are planning to stay home and celebrate. Below are some fun NYE ideas for your family - or, host a ZOOM party and share the fun with other families!

  • Create your own balloon drop.  Simply use a plastic dollar store tablecloth, fill it with inflated balloons and tape the four corners to the ceiling or a ceiling fan. Place a ribbon under one of the pieces of tape. When the clock strikes, pull the string to release the tape and the balloons will float down too!   (you can also do this at noon instead of midnight if your kids aren't staying up that late)


  • Have everyone at the party write down something to add to a “time capsule” – create a theme, such as a New Year’s Resolution, where I want to be in 5 years, etc. and place it in a container. Seal the container and open it again at a pre-decided date in the future.


  • Selfie Booth - tack a solid tablecloth to the wall and print out a couple of fun signs to hold up.


  • Hot Cocoa bar - Set up a crock pot hot chocolate, some cute mugs and some toppings like marshmallows, chocolate chips, and crushed candy canes.

  • Cover a hard floor with bubble wrap. At midnight let the kids jump on the bubble wrap so it sounds like fireworks!

  • Have a competition: 
    • Cooking Competition -  The prettiest cake, cookies, or other festive dessert.
    • Homemade Piñata - when the clock strikes midnight, break it open and enjoy!
    • Design your own Wine label
    • Create your own Masquerade party masks
    • Selfie Sign Contest 

  • Print this free Scavenger Hunt. Watch the countdown together and check off the items as they pop up – the first to find them all wins!

  • Print this free Bingo Card. Watch the countdown together and check off the items as you see them. The first to get 5 in a row wins!

Looking for events in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, VA or virtual events? Check out our NYE 2021 Guide here.