Omicron canceled your New Years party? Some ideas for celebrating safely at home

With Covid cases on the rise (again), thanks to Omicron, New Year’s joy is obviously at an all-time low. With threats of yet another lockdown in different parts of the country, large crowds and gatherings are banned on New Years Eve. And while that’s enough news to be disappointed with yet another year cursed by Covid, you can always make the most of the situation by planning an even smaller and even more intimate NYE party with your family, your partner or even yourself.


Use good ol ‘Netflix and frenzy because you won’t run out of exciting things to watch. While you can still watch FRIENDS Where Schitt Creek for the umpteenth time there are also new shows and movies that have premiered this year like Spiderman: Far From Home, Mrinnal Murali, Don’t look up, Aranyak, The Unpardonable, The Lost Girl, and Queer Eye Season 6 (forthcoming December 31) are just a few of the many. Aarya Season 2 and Atrangi Re are on Disney + Hotstar while Inside Edge, Meet, Bob Biswas, and Being the Ricardos is streaming on Amazon Prime. Make your choice.


If you’ve decided to read more this New Year, why not start early? Follow the launch of the exciting book this year and go on a reading frenzy. ‘Alone in the Crowd’ by Samir Parikh and Kamna Chibber deals with the challenges of city life and loneliness, the first volume of poetry by Karuna Ezara Parikh ‘Where Stories Gather’, ‘The World Gives Way’ by Marissa Lavien, ‘ Born a Muslim ‘by Ghazala Wahab,’ On Tyranny ‘by Timothy Snyder,’ Whereabouts’ by Jhumpa Lahiri, ‘Jungle Nama’ by Amitav Ghosh, ‘Rumors of Spring’ by Farah Bashir and ‘The Language of Truth’ by Salman Rushdie should be a good list to start with.

To eat

And if there are no guests, or fewer guests, who to cook for? Put your cracked and cook up a delicious and elaborate three-course meal from a kitchen you’ve never tried before. Holidays are, after all, all about culinary traditions.

For snacks, try these easy and delicious cheese balls from Chef Ranveer Brar.

If you’re a game, try your hand at making the legendary ratatouille from the movie of the same name.

Dessert can be the safe and the comforting shahi tukda, but homemade.

Nothing beats mulled wine during the winters, and it’s super easy to make at home. Try Shivesh Bhatia’s recipe so your glass is never empty!


Who says you can’t play dress up at home? Play around with makeup, pull out the dress you haven’t had a chance to wear outside yet, pair it with your highest heels, and snap a hundred photos for the gram. Take inspiration from the queen in the Malaika Arora costume, Ananya Panday in a bright red ruffle dress, or Mouni Roy in a shimmering bodycon. After all, who better than celebrities to be inspired by a costume?

To try

Bored at home? Try to spice up your home decor with homemade clay vases and other display pieces. These are not only trendy additions to your home, but also a fun way to keep the family (especially the kids) occupied. The best part is they don’t have to be perfect, imperfections are what make them fun and quirky.


Dust off board and card games and get into the competitive spirit. From Scrabble to Uno, Jenga or Monopoly, what better time to sharpen your skills in indoor games? Try ping-pong or mini-football for a more physical activity, and when you’re down to a few drinks, fire up the karaoke for uninhibited fun.

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