2022 New Year’s Eve Party Ideas for Seniors by V!VA Barrhaven
Published on December 17, 2021
New Year’s Eve is a time of celebration and spending quality time with loved ones. With more people vaccinated against COVID-19 and hospitalization numbers down, this year, it seems like there’s a lot to celebrate…although we aren’t out of the woods just yet.
Whether you want to party it up well into the wee hours of the morning on New Year’s Day or go to bed at a reasonable time, here are some fun New Year’s party ideas for seniors from one of the top retirement homes in Barrhaven.
Arrange a Special New Year’s Brunch
Midnight is pretty late for a lot of folks, so why no celebrate the new year with a brunch instead? Who doesn’t love a good brunch get-together? Breakfast foods mixed in with delicious and hearty lunch delicacies—count us in! Brunch gives families a chance to spend a few hours together eating and drinking the better portion of the day away and making fun memories together to boot. Retirement residences in Barrhaven offer excellent brunch menus that your family is sure to love. But hurry up and make a reservation because spots are filling up quickly!
Play Fun Party Games
Party games are a great bonding experience for friends and families. If you want to share some big laughs this New Year’s Eve as you pass the time until the official countdown, then grab a few board games and indulge in your competitive side.
Charades, Monopoly, Sorry!, Musical Chairs, Twister, Truth or Dare, Pictionary, Cranium, and Murder Mystery are all some awesome classic party game ideas. They also happen to be excellent icebreakers for social gatherings where you don’t know a lot of people or if you’re inviting a special someone over to meet the family for the first time on New Year’s Eve.
Prepare Good Luck Foods
Looking forward to the year ahead in a positive light, it might be a good idea to make a few good luck delicacies from different cultures around the world. Certain foods and food-related New Year’s traditions are thought to bring good fortune and prosperity to participants.
Latin countries like Mexico and Spain eat 12 grapes at midnight on New Year’s Eve—one for every month of the year—to symbolize good luck. Arugula and other leafy greens are staples in many southern regions of the United States because they represent wealth and prosperity.
What are some of the lucky food traditions from your culture? If you’re not sure, ask the older adults in your family to tell you about some of their favourite New Year’s Eve traditions, so you can enjoy them together this year.
Celebrate a New Tradition
All traditions have to start somewhere. The only reason something becomes a tradition is because people keep doing it over and over again at the same time every year. Why not carve out some time this year to get a little creative and make up your own family traditions? Whether it’s visiting a sentimental location that holds a special place in your heart with a loved one, making arts and crafts, watching a favourite movie, playing a board game or card game, or making a beloved family recipe with your loved ones, the possibilities are endless.
Have a New Year’s Eve Movie Night
Sometimes, it’s nice to celebrate a quiet New Year’s at home with loved ones. Nestle in under a cozy blanket with a big bowl of buttery popcorn and hot cocoa, pop in a DVD or find a few movies to watch on a streaming service and enjoy an evening with your family.
Heartwarming family-friendly movies are usually a good choice. You can’t go wrong with beloved classic films like Home Alone, Homeward Bound, The Parent Trap, The Sandlot, The Never-Ending Story, or Honey, I Shrunk the Kids to name a few.
Host a Virtual Event
Unfortunately, not all of your loved ones might be able to make it to an in-person get-together for a number of reasons. Whether they’re not ready to take the risk this year or they live too far away, technology has made it possible for families to host virtual New Year’s Eve parties. Schedule a time and date that works for everyone, so you can at least take some time to catch up with your loved ones via video chat.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at V!VA Barrhaven!
V!VA Retirement Residences makes senior living in Barrhaven fun and enjoyable for all of our Community Members. We want everyone in our care to have the best New Year’s Eve ever. That’s why we encourage our Community Members to partake in their special family traditions. We also put on special events such as virtual parties and dinners for our Community Members and their guests. Contact us today to learn more about our New Year’s Eve festivities or to book a tour of our Barrhaven location and discover the V!VA difference for yourself!