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5 Fun Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Date Ideas

A couple is watching the fireworks on new year's eve

Are you fed up with being that couple that falls asleep before it even hits midnight on NYE? Well, that doesn’t have to be the case; there are some super cool New Year’s Eve date ideas out there for you to try. And good news, these can all be arranged pretty last-minute!

Let’s be honest, making it through another year should be celebrated. And what’s more fun than celebrating with someone special to you! Whether you’re in a long-term relationship or still in the early stages, grab your significant other and try out some of these fun, last-minute New Year’s Eve date ideas!

1. Arrange your own karaoke and dance evening

Two girls are wearing formal outfits and singing together

You don’t need to spend any money on this if you don’t want to! Simply make use of free online lyric videos, put together a beautiful playlist of songs and invite some friends over. Really set the atmosphere by getting dressed up and arranging your space with lights to create a mini stage so that you’re ready to sing and dance the night away! 

If you want to take it up a level, you could even hire a karaoke machine for the night and get some drinks and snacks in. This is bound to be a night with your significant other that you’ll never forget!

2. Organize your own movie night

Now, this can’t just be “any movie night”. It needs to be an epic New Year’s Eve movie night! So put together a list of your favorite films (making sure both of you get to contribute to the list!) and get ready for a cozy, romantic NYE. And we all know a great movie night needs good food, whether you prepare a homemade meal, order a take-out or get some popcorn.

3. Spend it with your friends and family all over the world

Woman and man are having a video call in the living room

One of the very best last-minute New Year’s Eve date ideas may require some creativity. Don’t worry you won’t have to think too hard about this one, despite some minor planning. 

The idea is to ring in the New Year with friends and family virtually! It could be a really special and sentimental evening that you can remember forever because people that you haven’t been able to see for a while can spend NYE with you.

You could choose a whole group of friends or a few family members. You could even choose some people who are in different countries, although that would require a little extra planning. The goal is to have fun and celebrate with people who you usually wouldn’t be able to celebrate with!

4. Plan your own cocktail evening

Cheers with pink and yellow cocktails

A cocktail evening at home is a really fun way to start the New Year. If you’re looking for a unique holiday idea, this is the one for you! All you need is the ingredients for cocktails. Maybe treat yourself to some fancy ingredients like ginger, watermelon, berries, fresh mint, and anything else that you would like to try. 

You could either follow recipes together or have a cocktail competition. You could come up with your own completely unique cocktails and give them names. Who knows you may just come up with your own special signature couples’ cocktail!

This is something great for couples to do on New Year’s Eve because it’s double the fun: you will have fun making them drinking them.

5. Leave town for a few days

Couple with bengal fire sticks in the winter

Yes, going away for New Year’s Eve can be expensive. Many people are under the assumption that most places are already booked out. However, this may not always be the case! Leaving town together is actually a really great New Year’s Eve tradition for couples.

You could find a camping spot, go stay with friends a few hours away from you or book a small cabin or lodge somewhere. It really doesn’t need to be fancy, just somewhere you can connect with each other and celebrate New Year’s Eve in style.


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