I hope you’ve had a wonderful few days with your family! With Christmas (and New Year’s) on a Saturday this week, it made everything kind of discombobulated for me! Did that happen to you too? We “played” with our gifts, went out to eat a few times, watched some football, and shopped some of the after-Christmas sales. You can see my complete listing of the sales in this post. (Many of them are still going!
I’m so looking forward to NYE this year! It’s going to be a really different one for us! Keep reading to hear where we’re going and what we’re doing!
Typically, we’re our family is all about NYE at HOME. Yep, that’s right. We always have a pajama party and do it up right. Today I’m letting you in on what we usually wear, what we do, and even the crazy way we spend New Year’s Day.
NYE at HOME Attire
Pajamas or Loungewear are mandatory attire for our party. As an empty nester, I spend more time in my jammies than I ever used to when I was running around to kids’ activities. Do you do that too? Sometimes I get into my jammies around 4 p.m.!
At least I’ve upgraded my pajama game by tossing all of my tired and worn pajamas and replacing them. If you need to do that, now is a perfect time because everything is on sale! Nordstrom is having their big Half-Yearly Sale right now, and they have lots of yummy jammies and loungewear at significant savings. All of the ones I’ve linked below are on sale (plus lots more). Click the images for more information.
As much as I love the wide selection at Nordstrom, I’ll have to admit that my favorite jammies and loungewear are from Soma. (They’re also having their Semi-Annual Sale right now, with sleep styles starting at $14.99!) Their Cool Nights PJs are designed to keep women of a certain age cool at night. They are incredibly soft, and the quality is always fantastic.
NYE at HOME Activities
For our NYE at Home Pajama Party, we always have a puzzle going. (This one and this one are real crowd pleasers!) We work on it a little at a time and usually don’t finish it until the next day. Games are always fun, and y’all know we’re obsessed with the game LCR! (I told you all about it in my post on our family’s Christmas traditions.)
The great thing about LCR is that it’s a game of chance, so there’s no skill involved. (Translation: No arguing!) The big secret to this game? Play with real money! (Don’t panic, only $3 per person.) We play anytime we get together with extended family and it’s always a huge hit. My sister’s family is really into Telestrations, so I just bought that for us to have for the future.
I’ve also heard that Speak Out is hilarious. Our other long-standing favorite is Taboo. This year, my 80-something-year-old parents had my sister, brother-in-law, and their three teenagers and they said Headbanz was super fun! I’d love to know what your favorite family games are! Please leave me a comment and give me your recs!
Other Ideas for NYE at HOME
Some years we’ve worked an enthusiastic karaoke session into our evening, and last year we mixed it up with a game that my friend recommended called Spontuneous. Of course, a good set of silly hats, noisemakers, and plastic leis is a must for midnight revelry.
Want a quieter night? I love the movie New Year’s Eve that came out in 2011. It features a bunch of your favorite stars in a mash-up story about various New Year’s Eve experiences that intersect in ways you can’t even begin to imagine. I watch it every year between Christmas and New Year’s Eve!
NYD at HOME is DIP DAY
New Year’s Day is our annual family Dip Day. That basically means that we whip up about five different dips, and we eat (nothing but) dip the whole day while watching copious amounts of football. I am not kidding you. To paint the picture for you—there is a lot of Velveeta involved, along with massive amounts of cream cheese, and of course, Fritos.
Please don’t be confused. It is not for the faint of heart! (And I mean that literally.) We do not mess around with a bunch of wussy veggies on this particular day. My little1.5 qt. dip warmer (affectionately known as The Little Dipper at our house) is a must for making everyone’s favorite queso and keeping it warm.
Suzy’s Super-Easy Queso
1 lb. block of Velveeta cheese
(In an effort to save our arteries, I’ve switched to 2% Velveeta, and so far no one has noticed!)
1 can Wolf brand Lean Beef Chili (no beans)
(I tried to switch to turkey chili a few years ago, but there was a massive revolt!)
(One year, I attempted to substitute baked tortilla chips for the Fritos, and it did not go well for me. 😂)
Cut cheese block into cubes and place it into the dip warmer (It will take about 30 minutes to be ready to eat). Add canned chili. Stir occasionally with a spatula. That is it. Yes, really. It is fantastic.
I’d love to know what you have planned for New Year’s Eve! Are you going out or spending NYE at HOME with the FAM? Please leave me a comment below and let me know! I’d also love to know what your favorite family games are. We need some new ones!
How We’re Spending NYE This Year
This year, we’re going to be spending NYE and NYD in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl! We’re so excited to see our Baylor Bears take on the Ole Miss Rebels at 7:30 p.m. CT on January 1, 2022! We’re taking our middle son and daughter-in-law along with our youngest daughter. Be sure to watch my Instagram and Facebook (along with my IG and FB Stories) for all the fun! Oh, and BTW, if you haven’t been seeing my social media posts lately, you can go back and “like” my last 3 posts or so to “remind” the algorithm that you want to see me!
Black Coated Jeans | Black Long Sleeve “Underscrubs” Tee (I have the best source for these tees in all colors! They are the tees favored by front line healthcare workers so they hold up well, are inexpensive, and come in tons of colors!) | Gold Sequin Bomber Jacket | Sparkly Crystal Drop Earrings | Necklace Stack: Gold CZ Pendant Necklace – Open Frame Crystal Pendant Necklace – Sparkly Paperclip Chain Link Necklace
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