Ringing in 2021 may be one of the most unique New Year’s celebrations of our time. Keeping gatherings small and outdoors is the name of the game this season, but don’t let that stop you from hosting a New Year’s Eve backyard bash that will blow away your parties of years passed.
The first step in planning a backyard NYE bash is simple enough: sending out invitations to your nearest and dearest for an intimate backyard party to celebrate the arrival of 2021. Utilize the traditional colors of New Year’s (gold, black, and silver) in your invitation’s design scheme and match them with accents to your customized lawn furniture covers and sectional covers. And be sure to send them out on time – a late invitation is a useless one.
Step two is heat. Make sure you have plenty of warmth in your patio area. Space heaters, fire pits, fireplaces and chimineas – or some combination – are great for keeping confined areas toasty enough to party in even when the temperature is trying to say otherwise.
Keeping a fire blazing is the easiest way to keep guests warm once the sun sets on your exciting evening. Make your fireside seating cozy by removing the lawn furniture cover and laying out extra warm blankets. And be sure to have supplies for making s’mores handy as well as fire pit covers for when the flames are put out.
Making resolutions to act upon in the new year doesn’t have to be a chore, especially when you can turn it into a fun activity with friends and family. Have each of your guests write down their main resolution for 2021 on a slip of paper and drop them into a hat. Take turns drawing slips and having everyone guess who wrote each resolution. Sharing your resolution with others may make you more likely to carry through with it in the year to come.
Sing in the New Year
In the hours leading up to the big countdown finale, you’ll want to have ample amounts of activities on hand to keep your guests entertained. At-home karaoke contests are a great way to pass the time as you wait for the ball drop. You can purchase a karaoke machine or go the DIY route, but no matter which option you choose, be sure to have proper seating arrangements for the audience. Waterproof patio furniture covers and outdoor pillow and cushion covers used before and after the festivities will help make tomorrow morning’s cleanup of the area a breeze.
Your backyard New Year’s Eve bash will make memories that last a lifetime, so why not capture them for posterity with a homemade photo booth? These party favorites are simple to set up and are a great way to get an album’s worth of snapshots without having to designate a photographer for the night. Have a selection of New Year’s themed photo props for your guests to use in their snapshots for an extra touch of whimsy that will take their photos from “so-so” to “stellar”.
Pop the Bubbly (Champagne Wishes)
Champagne is a New Year’s Eve staple that’s a must-have on the big night. A designated bubbly bar featuring confetti, disposable champagne flutes, and personalized mini bubbly bottles takes this beloved tradition to a whole new level. You can even customize your patio couch cover with a festive champagne popping graphic to coordinate with your decked out bar.
Baby You’re a Firework
Send 2020 out with a bang – literally – with sparklers, poppers, and small-scale firecrackers safe for use at home. As your guests arrive, hand them a goody bag filled with a small selection of firecrackers and sparklers. Once midnight hits, you can all safely set them off in a non-wooded area. Keep soot and residue from wreaking havoc on your unused outdoor furniture with the help of waterproof patio furniture covers such as a couch cover.
The hustle and bustle of New Year’s Eve excitement lends itself well to serving small platters instead of a four-course meal. There are plenty of options available for building a bite-sized menu, from sliders to smoked salmon pinwheel sandwiches to the ever classic party mix. Mini desserts round out the offerings, which you can serve to your guests as they sit and relax after you’ve removed the lawn furniture covers.
Board games are a no-brainer when it comes to keeping your guests entertained while waiting for the clock to strike midnight. Bust out your favorites from the game closet and be ready to enjoy some friendly competition with friends and family. Set up a dedicated game space in your backyard complete with card tables and blankets for beating back the cold, and have small prizes on hand for the winner of each game.