New Year’s Eve at home

18 December, 2020

Why staying in is the new going out as we farewell 2020

What else can we possibly say about 2020? 

The year opened with catastrophic bushfires raging up and down the east coast and is ending with state borders gingerly opening ahead of summer school holidays and Christmas.  

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, most of us will be happy to kiss this year goodbye.

Although Australia is luckier than many other countries, COVID still lingers. And while NSW has fared pretty well over the last nine months, the current health advice is to stay home and celebrate NYE in small groups. Unless we head into some kind of lockdown, what we have now will be as good as it gets. 

But that doesn’t mean we can’t still bring in 2021 in style! 

Sydney Harbour fireworks

The Sydney NYE fireworks are internationally recognised as the start of worldwide NYE celebrations. And they’re the best display on the planet.

As with everything else, this year will be a little different.  

The 9pm fireworks have been cancelled. Only those who live in designated Green Zones, or have confirmed restaurant bookings, will be allowed near the harbour. For more info, head to the NSW government New Year’s Eve page.

So, most of us won’t be able to go and watch the fireworks. That’s okay. At least we’re still able to have them. Even if it is a much pared down display, running at just under 10 minutes. We’ll watch them on the ABC at midnight. 

Stay at home camping

Pitch the tent, or tents, and head outside to see in the new year under the stars. Have a fire, have a BBQ, the works. Depending on where you live, you may even hear the fireworks at midnight. 

If you can’t get outside, rustle up some indoor camping. If you have kids, they’ll love it.

 Have a street party – from your own yard

Take what you can into the front yard and join the other families in your street for a together but separate street party. Like what we all did for Anzac Day. 

Ring in the new year together… but apart.

Create a magnificent meal

Really go all out. Make everyone’s favourite dish or create something you’ve always wanted to but never really had the excuse. 

And shopping really can’t be any easier. Woolies will stock everything you need. (And if you’re a bit worn out by the festive season, don’t forget the home delivery option!) If you’re after snacks and nibbly things, you need to wander around Horn of Plenty. And don’t forget BWS for all your favourite celebratory tipples.

Of course, if you don’t feel like cooking, Chatswood’s got plenty of amazing takeaway options, like 1Ton, Akira Sushi or China Chilli just to name a few. 

Host an intimate cocktail party

Who wants to go drinking in a crowded pub, bar or club when you can host an exquisitely intimate soiree for just a few. 

Get dressed up in your finest frock, your highest heels or sharpest suit. Break out that fancy cocktail set you hardly ever use. Plan to serve only the lushest of cocktails and the finest of foods. 

Then Instagram the hell out of your night! Make the world jealous they didn’t get an invite to the hottest event of the year. 

The year in review

Whatever you decide to do, have a year in review jar.

Let everyone list five good things from 2020. Each thing has to be on a separate piece of paper and then placed into the jar or bowl. 

It doesn’t matter how big or small, it doesn’t matter how young or old the person, just has to be five good things from everyone. 

Then sit around together and read out from every single piece of paper. 

After the year we’ve had, every one of us needs to celebrate the good things so we can all walk into 2021 filled with positive thoughts and happy memories. Because this year might have been tough, but there was still plenty of silver linings on those clouds!