New Year’s Eve: last minute plan ideas

With so many presents to buy and people to see in the lead up to Christmas, it can be easy to forget about making New Year’s Eve plans. For most people New Years Eve is a time to reflect on the year gone by and start thinking about plans for the year ahead. Whether New Years Eve is a happy, sad or hopeful time for you, we’ve come up with a few last minute plan ideas to help you make the most of your evening.

1. Host a dinner party at home

New Year’s Eve is one of the most popular nights of the year for pubs and restaurants so it can be difficult to get a reservation at the last minute. And even when you do, you can find yourself waiting behind queues of people to get a drink at the bar, or waiting longer than usual to have your food order taken at a restaurant.

So why not take control of your evening and host your own dinner party at home? It’s the perfect time to invite a small selection of friends and/or family and over to see in the New Year together. If you don’t want to spend your whole evening cooking, you can make it a group effort by requesting that each guest brings something to contribute to the meal. This is a great opportunity to get together with the people you love and reminisce over the highs and lows of 2018 without having to spend excess money or worry about travel. 

2. Skype a friend abroad 

During the year, you might not have had much time to get in touch with friends in other countries due to other commitments and time zones. The great thing about New Year’s Eve is that it’s an international celebration which unites people from all corners of the world. If you would rather stay at home this year, then why not schedule a Skype call with a friend abroad and crack open the champagne together? It’s a fantastic way to catch up with an old friend whilst having a relaxing, stress-free evening. A slight overlap in time zones might even mean you get to celebrate the clock striking midnight twice in one evening, and how many people can say they’ve done that?

3. Visit a friend or family member who would otherwise spend the evening alone

If you know that a friend or family member is likely to be alone at home this New Years Eve due to finances, health etc, then why not pay them a visit? It can be easy to get swept up in the New Year excitement and follow the crowds, but try not to forget that not everyone will be out on the town that evening. By having dinner with a friend or family member who’s home alone, you could make a huge difference to how they view the year ahead. No one should be alone on New Year’s Eve if they don’t want to be.

4. Stay in with your pet

Along with Bonfire Night, New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest and noisiest nights of the year. With so many people using fireworks as a way to see in the New Year, it’s important to remember that while this is great fun for some, it isn’t for others – and by this, we mean your pet! New Year’s Eve can be a particularly traumatic time for pets as they’re startled by all the loud bangs. So why not stay in with your pet this New Year’s Eve? You can see in the New Year by having a snuggle on the sofa and feeling reassured that your furry best friend isn’t quivering under the dinner table whilst you’re out painting the town red.

If you’ve got friends who also have pets, then why not invite them over too? They’ll be plenty of cuddles to be had!

5. Reflect on what you did in 2019

As the year comes to a close, why not take some time to pause and reflect on what you did in 2019. Looking through your 2019 calendar can be a great way to start, winding right back to January and February and seeing what you did during the week or the weekends. Who did you spend time with? What did you wish you hadn’t done? You might be surprised at how much you did and how much fun you had.

Running through the year like this can often prompt forgotten memories of fun (and not so fun) things that happened. Running through photos from the year can also have a similar effect and prompt some happy feelings, especially of long summer days! It can be a great way to softly reflect on experiences you might be able to learn from, things you would love to do again and things you would like to do less of. It can be a great place to start formulating areas of focus and opportunity for the year ahead.

6. Plan the year ahead

New Year’s Eve can be a great time to sit down with friends and family (or on your own) and make exciting plans for the year ahead. Whether you want to book a holiday (or two), start a new career or explore a new hobby, 2020 could be the year to turn dreams into reality. So why not grab a glass of wine and a bite to eat, and get brainstorming? There really is no better time to think about new beginnings and to start out on an exciting new adventure.

Got your evening sorted? Now it’s time to sit back and watch the New Year roll in.

Happy New Year from all of us at Rest Less.

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