It’s a common practice to ring in the New Year by making a long list of resolutions. While I enjoy goal setting as much as the next person, I’m not much of a “New Year’s Resolution” person. Instead, we take some time to reflect on the previous year and create an action plan for the year ahead. In light of that fact, today I’m sharing a few ways you can celebrate New Year’s Eve without setting any resolutions (or spending any money)!
Fun and Frugal Ways to Ring in the New Year
I shared a few ways we’re getting our finances back on track, so my ideas for celebrating the new year will be in line with that effort as well. You don’t have to spend a lot on a festive meal or a new party dress to have a great New Year’s celebration, and you certainly don’t have to set any New Year’s resolutions!
1. Reflect on the Previous Year
This is actually one of my favorite ways to spend New Year’s Eve. In previous years, we actually were far away from most of our family and friends, so we made our own traditions for celebrating. Each year, we’d make a few snacks and spend time sharing our favorite memories for the year ahead.
2. Create an Action Plan for the New Year
Like I mentioned, I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions mostly because their ill-planned claims to a menial effort in the year ahead. What we do instead is make a key list of things we plan to accomplish in the new year. We also write out necessary action steps to get there. Obviously, we don’t accomplish all of this on New Year’s Eve or even New Year’s Day, but we do spend at least a little time brainstorming and planning.
3. Make a Time Capsule
What better way to reflect on the year than completing a fun questionnaire complete with all of your favorites. This is a great one to do with kids as well, and I’m making it really easy for you. Just print your own copy of this free printable, complete it, and put it in a sealed envelope or other container to be opened next New Year’s Eve!
4. Watch Home Videos
Watching home videos is another great way to spend your time on New Year’s Eve. Pop a little popcorn (or make my favorite Carmel corn) and pop in a few family videos! This is a great way to bring the family together and enjoy memories from previous years!
One of my favorite ways to keep the fun going is playing games. We love typical board games, but I’m always up for trying something new, too. This year I plan on giving a few games from the Tiny Prints New Year’s Eve Game Generator a try. This online database features a variety of games that require little to no prep, and it automatically filters game ideas to your preset specifications. The game generator is a great way to come up with new game ideas to keep all of your guests interested and entertained!
6. Try Something New
New year, new you? Exactly! Why not start the year off on the right foot by trying something new. Whether it’s a new dish or meal or just a new game, do something you’ve never done before to set your focus for the new year. Is there something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t? Make it happen this year!
I wish you a safe and happy New Year whatever you decide to do! And, remember you don’t have to spend a lot of money or set any New Year’s resolutions to have a good time.
How are you spending New Year’s Eve? Do you set New Year’s resolutions?