New Year’s Eve is always an inspiring time for us, as we’re sure it is for many of you. The idea of a fresh start, a time to set intentions, and a time to reflect back on the goals you met over the past year is something we can totally get behind, especially if it involves inviting all your friends over to sip champagne and make something delicious to eat together.
If you’re the type to skip the crowds and celebrate New Year’s Eve at home, we’re right there with you. Here are a few of our new favorite New Year’s Eve traditions that we’ve found from cultures around the world (or even just around the web).
Make a family-style meal. Instead of fighting for a reservation, we love the idea of inviting friends or family over for a family-style meal that everyone can enjoy together. A big batch of Spanish paella, a roasted chicken with lots of tasty sides, or even a taco bar all sound delicious to us, and they’d be even more fun if everyone pitches in.
Banish bad spirits like the Danish. In Denmark, it’s customary to throw old plates or glassware against the door to banish bad spirits in the New Year. Sounds like just the kind of noisy and symbolic gesture we love for New Year’s Eve.
Eat grapes like the Spanish. In Spain, it’s customary to eat 12 grapes at midnight (one for each time the toll of the clock bell in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol). Stock up on grapes and hand them out to your guests!
Bake a King Cake. Many cultures around the world celebrate New Year’s Eve with some type of “king cake”. If you want to take part in this tradition, bake a cake with a gold coin or some other type of oven-safe trinket hidden inside. Serve the cake at midnight; whoever finds the coin is promised an especially prosperous year!
Make a wish like the Russians. We already love champagne, but this Russian tradition makes it even more special. The Russians like to write down a wish for the new year on a slip of paper, then burn it and throw it into a champagne glass. By midnight, everyone must drink their glass to make their wish come true.
Make a bonfire like the Dutch. In the Netherlands, it’s customary to burn your Christmas tree in a large bonfire outside. If your New Year’s celebration is warm enough to take the festivities outside, we’d love ringing in 2019 bundled up around a cozy bonfire.