11 New Year's Eve ideas for couples, whether you want to stay in or go all out
New Year’s Eve can be one of the most romantic nights of the year — and we’re not just saying that because of the famous midnight kiss. Celebrating New Year’s Eve as a couple allows you to get emotional while reminiscing about all the good times you and your significant other had over the year. And ringing in the New Year together paves the way for great memories to come.
But because New Year’s Eve is such a significant and sentimental holiday to celebrate with your partner, there’s often a lot of pressure put upon couples to plan and execute a memorable celebration. Don’t panic! We’re here to help.
Whether you want to go bold or literally just want to go home and watch movies, we’ve compiled a list of fun things to do with your significant other. At the end of the day (and the year) it’s really all about spending time together to celebrate the New Year no matter what you two get up to.
So, if you’re unsure about what exactly to do with your partner for New Year’s Eve, here are a few couple-related ideas to spark inspiration.
1Have a date night — no, a real date night.
We’re not talking about putting on your “nice pants” and going out to dinner. We’re talking buying a new dress and taking out those heels you wore to that black-tie wedding years ago and go all out. Nothing is “too much” on this date night!
Tell your partner to meet you at your favorite bar for drinks and to wear the sharpest thing they own. Take time to pamper yourself before leaving the house. Do you hair, nails, makeup — do whatever it is you want to do to make yourself feel great.
Grab drinks, go dancing, grab some late-night pizza after you watch the fireworks, and really live it up.
2Go on a scavenger hunt to find your midnight kiss.
This idea is for the couple who loves suspense and a good challenge. Using index cards and inside jokes, write a series of clues that connect to each other and scatter them around the house. Lead your partner to a special prize — whether it’s you, ready for your New Year’s kiss, or their favorite dessert, or a fully decorated living room ready to celebrate the New Year in.
You can also expand the scavenger hunt throughout the city with a bit of extra planning. Draw up a list of clues and strategically place them in memorable spots where you two spent time in the past year. Have your partner follow the list of clues (you can be there with them to give them a helping hand) until you end up at the most memorable place. There is where you can share your nostalgic New Year’s kiss.
3Go on a weekend retreat.
Take the long weekend and get out of the city, or go someplace you two have always wanted to visit. A weekend getaway — just the two of you — might be the perfect celebration to ring in the New Year as a couple. Reconnect with each other without friends, kids, or technology butting in.
Bonus tip: Go somewhere with a spa or book a heath and wellness retreat so you can really relax, restore, and renew yourselves and your relationship.
4Spend the night in and cook your fave dishes.
Especially if you live in colder climates, going out on December 31st is a lot easier said than done. If you want to opt out of wearing several jackets, scarves, sweaters, and your thickest boots, stay in for the night and plan a romantic evening at home.
Cooking together is a sure fire way to literally heat things up. You’ll strengthen your communication since you’ll rely on each other to end up with a spectacular meal. Treat yourselves and cook your favorite dishes because you deserve it! Pop the champagne or a nice red wine, turn on some soft music, and bon appétit! If you feel like challenging yourselves, pretend you’re on Chopped and make due with whatever leftovers and random ingredients you have. (That way you also save $$$.)
5Share your personal resolutions and establish resolutions as a couple.
As important as it is to try to better yourself in the New Year, it’s important to think ahead in terms of your relationship. This idea might be more awkward to do if you’re just starting out as a couple. But if you two have been together for a while and can see each other in your futures, jotting down some New Year’s resolutions together might be a fun idea.
These resolutions could involve tangible plans like moving apartments or getting new couch, or they could revolve around working to strengthen your relationship. You want to become a better listener. They want to be more open when it comes to intimacy. You get the idea.
6Get tickets to a show in the city.
Going to the theater is a sophisticated event that can make any evening feel special. Unless you work for your local theater, it’s not everyday you get to see a live performance!
Get dolled up, grab a bite to eat before, splurge on a few glasses of wine to sip on during intermission and make it a classy night. Then, when the show gets out around 10 p.m., you’ll have plenty of time to get home and snuggle up in your PJs to watch the ball drop.
7Throw a bash for all your friends.
Spending the night alone together would be enjoyable, of course. But if you live with your significant other, you can hang out by yourselves any night of the week. Decorate your home together and invite some of your besties to come party at your place.
You could also make this event a double or triple-date if you want to put the emphasis on couple-hood and romance. Then again, you could also use this party as a chance to set up all your single friends. Hey, the more the merrier, right?
8Turn your place into a couples’ spa retreat.
Head to the beauty supply store and stock up on face masks and lotions. Not only would a spa night be an incredibly refreshing and relaxing way to destress from 2017, but just think of the romantic atmosphere a spa night creates.
Run a bubble bath or finally test out those bath bombs you’ve been dying to try. Light a bunch of candles. Sprinkle rose petals all over the bathroom floor. Get all that cliché stuff in there! Show your partner you appreciate them by pampering them with all the relaxing and romantic goodness of a DIY spa.
9Marathon your fave holiday movies.
New Year’s Eve is always bittersweet. We welcome in a new year and say goodbye to the holiday season. For all you couples who love to chill on the couch and binge-watch your favorite flicks, NYE is a perfect time to marathon your favorite holiday movies because you won’t get to watch them again until next year!
We’re talking Elf, Home Alone, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Holiday, New Year’s Eve — every warm and touching film with a holiday flair. Get cozy under a blanket, throw some popcorn in the microwave and enjoy.
10Sign up for a New Year’s Eve bar crawl.
If you and your partner love the bar scene, a New Year’s Eve bar crawl might be the perfect activity. Do a bit of research in your area to see which bars or nightlife scenes are hosting crawls. Then, pick a place to end up at for your midnight kiss, and crawl away!
And if your city or town isn’t hosting a bar crawl for the holiday, then create one yourself. You may not be getting discount drinks, but you could head to all your favorite watering holes where you two made memories over the past year.
11Attend a New Year’s Eve ball.
Perhaps you want to amp up the class for your New Year’s Eve celebration. What about buying tickets to a New Year’s Eve ball? Many cities throw fancy parties at beautiful high-class locations. Going to one of these balls gives you an excuse to wear a formal gown or that tuxedo you bought for your friend’s wedding.
As long as you’re celebrating together, New Year’s Eve is destined to be a magically romantic night. Make sure you have champagne chilling in the fridge, at the ready for whatever you two get up to, and you’re good to go.
Stay safe, have fun, and Happy New Year!