How to have a stylish New Year’s Eve from home

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When widespread testing and vaccines became available to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the hope of a traditional holiday season, or at least a safe one, felt possible. Many people made plans to travel, host or hop from soiree to soiree, only to watch those plans unravel.

The rapid spread of the Omicron variant this month has forced many to alter their New Year’s Eve hopes, separating whole families from each other and even individual family members from one another.

There’s nothing stopping you from dressing up at home.Credit:iStock

But if you’re staying home, there’s no reason it can’t still be festive(-ish), right? If you’re feeling up to it, try to muster every last shred of energy you have left and kiss this year goodbye. Pull out the party outfit you were planning to wear before Omicron intervened and lounge comfortably in your living room.

Here are stylish ideas for keeping your spirits up if you’re stuck at home – while hopefully feeling healthy.

Dress for a big mood

You can still make a quiet evening indoors feel special by wearing an extravagant party dress or a fancy suit, even if technically no one will see it in person. Spritz your favourite perfume or cologne to set the mood. Try on your hottest, but sometimes uncomfortable, dress shoes – you won’t have to worry about standing on your feet all night at this party.

Take as many selfies as needed to nail the perfect shot and consider texting it to your mum, dad, grandma or whoever fills those roles in your life. Unlike your ex, they will appreciate it and be happy to see you looking good. Bask in their affirmations.

If you’re home with others, encourage them to participate, too. Make it 1970s-themed or pick a colour scheme to work around. Use this time to experiment with a bold hairdo or a makeup trick you’ve been curious about (just steer clear of the scissors – you do not want to wake up with spontaneous bangs in 2022).

Dust off your eye shadow palette and comb through YouTube for tutorials. Try out the latest viral beauty trends within the comfort of home. Social media is ripe with tutorials on how to achieve “velvet nails” through the use of flocking powder (which can be found in most craft aisles). Or join in on the Gen Z trend of “nose blush,” which is exactly what it sounds like. If it doesn’t look good, no one will ever know.

Make a champagne tower for one

Get ambitious: Champagne cocktails spice up a New Year’s Eve celebration at home, and as Mark Bittman writes, they are “appropriately celebratory and bittersweet.” If that’s not your speed, grab some bourbon, scotch or whiskey for a hot toddy, or make a fragrant bowl of punch.

And if you’re not drinking alcohol, try a great booze-free alternative like cider or chilled soda water mixed with your favourite juice or tea.

Make an elaborate seafood platter, complete with an at-home delivery of caviar, shrimp and fresh oysters.

Or if you’re going hard on the outfit and can’t be bothered in the kitchen, treat yourself with takeaway. Just be sure to order ahead of time.

Prepare your entertainment

Is there a movie you could watch a million times? Maybe even recite? If you can’t be with the ones you love, FaceTime them and watch your favourite films together. Anything that takes place around the holidays, like When Harry Met Sally or Rent, make good go-to’s.

If all else fails, go for good old self-care

Draw a bath, light a candle (currently all the rage on TikTok) and indulge in a multi-step skincare routine. Experiment with your stash of body lotions and face serums – or grab some new ones.

Later, cosy up in bed with a long, impenetrable book that will put you right to sleep. Because nothing is better for facing a new year than waking up well rested.

The most important thing: go easy on yourself. Here’s to 2022!

This article originally appeared in The New York Times.

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