Skip the NYE Sitter!
Like Uber during a monsoon or when a music festival wraps, babysitter rates skyrocket on New Year’s Eve. If you’re not up for shelling out $300 before you walk out the door ? , opt for one of these fun, festive ways to celebrate at home.
WHAT: Invite another family with kids similar in age to yours for a sleepover.
EAT: Build your own pizzas (with pre-made crusts obvi) makes feeding everyone easy-peasy. FUN: The kids ring in their own “midnight” thanks to Netflix’s on-demand countdowns (typically announced between Christmas & NYE). Don’t forget the sparkling apple cider and party supplies. Take it to the next level with a pinata.
FUN: Once the kids are down, break out KinderPerfect—think Cards Against Humanity for parents (it’s only fitting) and all the drinks.
Fancy Dinner At Home
WHAT: Splurge on something decadent and enjoy a quiet, memorable night at home.
FUN: Set the table, break out the “nice” plates, and cheers to another year in the books over a nice bottle of wine. Feel free to do it all in your best jammies.
A New Year’s Day Brunch Party
WHAT: Invite your nearest and dearest over for a New Year’s Day brunch.
FUN: Keep it casual with football bowl games on the TV and no formal seating. Keep the drinks flowing—you want to hear all the good stories from the night before.
WHAT: Invite another family or some friends over for a night of karaoke.
EAT: The focus is on the singing. Pick up a bunch of Trader Joe’s frozen apps, and call it a day.
FUN: This inexpensive karaoke machine works on bluetooth or can be plugged into, and it comes with disco light effects.