Feast on cocktails and canapes
OK, so parties are off the menu, but that doesn’t mean you have to swerve celebratory food and drinks. Whip up a spread of mini quiches, sausage rolls, crudités, bread, crackers, crisps and cheese. Dig out all of the chocolates and treats left over from Christmas and make a real feast of it. And don’t forget the fizz! Head to your local McColl’s for the best deals on sparkling wines, such as Freixenet Prosecco or Italian Rose Sparkling Wine. Why not try a Pink Spritz cocktail, made with Kopparberg Premium Strawberry and Lime Gin: mix 50ml of gin with 15ml of Grenadine, top up with Prosecco and garnish with a fresh strawberry – delicious!
Decorate your windows
In 2020, windows became a way to communicate our support and gratitude for key workers. Rainbows adorned millions of panes, bringing a blast of optimism to people walking by. As we can’t be together physically, make new year window decorations to brighten up the neighbourhood. Cut the numbers 2021 out of gold and silver paper and stick to any windows that face the street. Make paper chains to drape across the top and hang streamers. Imagine how sparkly our streets will look if everyone does the same?
Have a Zoom party
This time last year, most of us had never heard of Zoom. Now we’re pros at video calls – and good job too as any new year get togethers will need to be virtual this 31 December. Love them or loathe them, there are ways to make online parties fun. Occasions to dress up have been few and far between in the pandemic, so there’s all the more reason to sparkle this year. Dig out anything with sequins and wear your fanciest earrings – or a bow tie for the men. Plus you can get away with joggers – and that all-important elasticated waist – as no one will see your bottom half anyway! Make your event more interactive with virtual charades or a quiz. Search online for 2020 quizzes – it’s certainly been eventful! How much can you remember?
Write down your resolutions
After the uncertainty of 2020, bold resolutions to travel the world or take up scuba diving are best left until we know when restrictions will be lifted. Instead, resolve to make small yet meaningful changes. You could aim to cook one new thing every week, enhancing your culinary skills while adding variety to your diet. Or pledge to do one act of kindness a day. This could be as simple as taking in a neighbour’s delivery or complimenting someone on their outfit. Little changes all add up to make a big difference. Remember to make your resolutions measurable – swap the vague promise of ‘losing weight’ for ‘take a 20-minute walk every day’. You’re more likely to stick to a positive pledge than a negative one.
Reflect on the positives
Yes, 2020 was tough, but searching for the good during the past year will help you set off on the right foot towards the new one. Light a candle to create a reflective mood and write a list of 10 nice things that happened last year. Maybe you’ll include: ‘got to know my neighbours through chats on the doorstep’ or ‘witnessed the wonderful work of the NHS during the hardest times’. An attitude of gratitude is proven to boost our mood as it enables us to see that, no matter how hard life is, there are still positives to focus on. Here’s to a happier and healthier 2021 for all!