12 Creative Ideas for Celebrating New Year’s Eve At Home

oud en nieuw feest party girls dressed up and holding champange glass

Are you excited about celebrating New Year’s Eve 2021 and looking forward to the beginning of 2022 at home in Holland? Well, it is guaranteed to be a meaningful and memorable celebration. It’s a festive time with the ones you love and a great way to start the new year.

So, tell me are your preparation plans in full swing?

The Oud en Nieuw feest [New Year’s Eve party] is one of the biggest nights of the year in the Netherlands. It’s known to be mind-blowing. Not to mention, December 31st is firework season and sure to go off with a bang.

But, before all of that, here’s a little background information for you. Each country around the world celebrates the yearly tradition (Old Year’s Day or Saint Sylvester’s Day), the last day of the year in style. There’s something magical about the end of the year celebrations, don’t you think?

Whether you enjoy New Year’s Eve with a close knit of friends, family or colleague’s you can eat fine food, drink, laugh and revel in watching spectacular firework displays. In truth it draws us all together to rekindle old ties and have a good time.

Thus, don’t get stuck this New Year’s Eve without fun things to do with your love ones this holiday season. Let’s start to countdown the clock to another Happy New Year!

12 Creative Ideas for “Oud en Nieuw Feest” At Home

oud en nieuw feest 2 men and one woman laughing while smoking a cigar

The warmest New Year’s Eve wishes to you, your close-knit group of family and friends.

main image: Bruce Mars | above image: Bill Wilson

1. Oud en nieuw feest

First, oud en nieuw feest is Dutch for New Year’s eve party. Are you excited to plan some special time with friends and family? So, let’s begin with greeting your guests. You don’t have to smooch everyone that comes through the door. Just give them a hug, a warm hand shake or just greet them with a big smile!  Have you got party hats? Better still, get a gospel & soul choir to entertain everyone. This puts everyone at ease and they’re ready to party.

2. Old Year’s Day

In fact, the Dutch oud en nieuw feest is a great social gathering. Did you know lots of Christmas markets and outdoor festivals organize live music? We watch light shows and listen to Christmas carols. On top of that, we enjoy traditional hymns song sung by choirs. In a word, we do this in order to mark the coming of the New Year’s festivities.

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The Muirfield Village New Years Eve party.

3. Saint Sylvester’s Day

The celebrations go on until past midnight, January 1st, New Year’s Day. What’s more exciting, a few seconds after midnight we toast with champagne and entertain our guests. Furthermore, we wish each other a Happy New Year. Are you looking forward the 12 o’clock kiss? So, get a buzz and start your New Year’s Eve Party with creative ideas to transform your festive event at home.

4. Stoke up on food and drinks

And there’s more.. do you want your party entertainment to activate the right atmosphere? So, serve your guests food, sweets and drinks. By serving your family and friends, champagne and other delicious treats, it will keep them happy, cheerful and occupied. Make it super-easy for yourself and arrange a buffet. This way, everyone eats when they are ready.

oud en nieuw feest couple smiling and dancing

New years day party friendly games

5. Raffle & party games

Secondly,  how many guests do you plan to invite? Involving your guests during the evening propels your party to the next level. Initiate an interactive event. In other words, create a suitable setting and feel. Surprisingly enough, this is accomplished by arranging unique party games and a raffle. Alternatively, play bingo. See Tip.9.

6. Oud en nieuw feest sparklers

Another thing are planning on getting fireworks? Well, you can provide sparklers and hand-held fireworks for your guests. They burn slowly and emit bright flames. So, invest in a blinding show. The display thrills and entertains everyone. It’s a ritzy idea and superb attraction for seeing in the New Year festivities. On top of that, you’ll welcome in the New Year with a bang. Extra tip: Treat them to a family-friendly bonfire and fireworks displays in your local area.

oud en nieuwfeest hand holding a sparklerimage JESHOOTS

7. Personalized banners

And guess what? You can create a New Year’s Eve banner or streamer. Creating a customized banner makes your party extra special. Make sure to highlight the years happy moments, add your love ones names to it. Alternatively, you can give your party guests a rapturous welcome, personalized banner to make everyone feel appreciated and at home.

8. Seasonal Snowflake

In addition, what about snowflakes and confetti? It creates a special atmosphere. And they are a great idea during New Year’s Eve Parties. Give your party guests a handful of seasonal snowflake confetti.  Allow your family, kids and friends to throw it up into the air. It’s the perfect way to transform the mood, when the clock strikes 12:00 midnight and cries of Happy New Year ring out.

oud en feest man holding a mistletoe above womans head and kissing her on the cheek

A soldier of the Machine Gun Corps in a sheepskin coat kissing a French farm-girl under a sprig of mistletoe, near Hesdin, 20 December 1917.

Photo credit:Jared Enos

9. Oud en nieuw feest mistletoe

Fancy a little kiss under the mistletoe? Apparently, it is an iconic symbol for peace and joy. It dates back to the 18th century. Although, Christmas is over, you should leave it hanging at the front door. A small branch of mistletoe represents a sign of love, togetherness and friendship. And what’s more, the custom is to kiss under the mistletoe.

10. Oud en nieuw balloons

In addition to the above, do you want to add the finishing touch to your festive celebration? With seasonal decorations you’ll achieve it. Even better still, incorporate party balloons, fake snow or home-made streamers. Allow the kids  to stay up a little later for New Year’s Eve and get them involved, too. Go to Pinterest for more ideas.

new year's eve party woman with tattoosimage flickr.com

11. Fancy Dress Dance

How do you really pull out the stops for your New Year’s Eve Party? What about a crazy themed fancy dress party? This is a novel way to usher in the year. We all love to dress up and let our hair down, right? So, organise a fun fancy dress competition where everyone has the opportunity to take part.

12. Oud en nieuw feest games

Lastly, what can set your oud en nieuw feest alight? A pop quiz or bingo, yes you heard me right. Both games are interactive, simple and rewarding. So, involve as many players as you wish. As a matter of fact, it’s an entertaining way to spice up the holiday season. Check out your local party supplies, decorations, costumes and accessories shop, too.



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About Clover Jean: I'm a Londoner based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Being a specialist celebrant | marriage officiant | wedding ceremonies MC with a gospel & soul choir is rewarding work. So, my guilty pleasures are fine dining, travel hotspots and on-line retail therapy. What's yours? Get in touch, via Instagram #cloverjeanamsterdam or Facebook. LIKE, SHARE, SPREAD THE LOVE & see you soon!

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