Alternative New Year’s plans – staying in, in style
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Alternative New Year’s plans – staying in, in style

By December 18, 2020Things to do

Undoubtedly, this year’s New Year’s Eve won’t be quite like what many of us are used to. No huge gatherings of people counting down whilst holding hands and singing Auld Lang Syne. No late-in-the-day memos that the house party is fancy dress with the subsequent rush to find anything remotely eighties-themed, and no reunions with friends and family from far and wide. But this doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

‘Quiet’, ‘small’ and ‘intimate’ need not have negative connotations when paired with the last night of the year. A quiet toast with the one you love, a small celebration in the comfort of your living room, an intimate evening with candles and a black and white film. How does that sound? Staying home won’t be so bad, so cancel the cancellation and read on, as we’ve got some little anecdotes of inspiration for your at-home affair. After all, 2020 deserves a good (and very final), send off.

Fun and games

Old fashioned fun, for all ages. Nothing beats a tense game of Monopoly. If you haven’t heard of it before, browse through The School of Life’s card sets – they are great conversation starters. Also ‘Bananagrams’, the fast-paced word game is another great one, and portable too, perfect if you’re popping to the neighbours!

Movie marathon

Look up a list of the greats, and work your way through it. Black and white classics, cult films, Oscar winners. A quick Google search and you’ll find readymade lists such as the below – all you need to do is choose which one to watch first…

Eat spectacular food

If you’ve got the whole day, make something long and slow from the great Ottolenghi. Perhaps choose a theme for yourselves, be it Greek or Korean. Or you could of course order in – we love these almost-too-good-to-eat platters.

Pop open that special bottle

Great food, deserves a great beverage, so why not spend the needlessly-inflated taxi fare on some bubbles? Or you could raid your stores. The vintage port you’ve been saving is surely worthy of a tasting, and remember, Champagne goes off so if not now, when? For non-drinkers, these days there appears to be just as much choice for something delicious. The tonics from Double Dutch are rather special, and available in many supermarkets. Rhubarb and pine needle sounds particularly intriguing.

Make a vision board for the new year

Pull out magazines, cut out the words which jump out at you and make yourself a collage to set out your intentions for 2021. There are lots of tutorials online, Pinterest being a great resource.

Stay home or should you wish, book a couple nights away in Cornwall. All of the above can be accommodated safely, should you choose to book a last minute festive break at Bedruthan – and we will do the cooking! We still have a few rooms left available for Tier One and Tier Two visitors. To enquire or book, please email