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
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1. Oud en nieuw feest
First, oud en nieuw feest means party entertainment time. 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! And don’t forget the party hats. Better still, get a gospel & soul choir to welcome your family and friends. This puts everyone at ease and they are ready to party.
2. Old Year’s Day
In fact, the Dutch oud en nieuw feest is a great social gathering. 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.
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, sometimes with a 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 your party entertainment should 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.
5. Raffle & party games
Secondly, 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 you can provide sparklers; hand-held fireworks. They burn slowly and emit bright flames. So, invest in a blinding firework show. The display thrills and entertains your guests. 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 everyone to a family-friendly bonfire and fireworks displays in your local area.
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, used at weddings, baptism, naming ceremonies, snowflakes and confetti create 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.
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9. Oud en nieuw feest mistletoe
Apparently, mistletoe 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, add the finishing touch to your festive celebration, with seasonal decorations. 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.
11. Fancy Dress Dance
During your New Year’s Eve Party, pull out all the stops. And have 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 bingo
Here is something else you do at your oud en nieuw feest. Bingo is the most interactive, simple and rewarding games on the earth. 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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