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Goodbye 2020, hello 2021: five ideas for an alternative New Year’s Eve at home

Posted by Sophie Hesp on Updated on

Festive tipples, child-friendly fun and an all-new dining experience


The rollercoaster year of 2020 is finally drawing to a close. While we've come to accept that this New Year's Eve will be a little different to the last, there's no reason why it can't be just as special. Think sea views and hot tubs for midnight toasting, and cinema rooms and crackling fires for cosy evenings in.

To round out the year where we all stayed at home, we've compiled five alternative ideas to ring in 2021, without the need to venture outdoors.


1.    Raise a toast with homemade cocktails


After the ups and downs of 2020, it seems only right to welcome 2021 with a glass of fizz in hand. Hosting a low-key cocktail night – either virtually or within your social bubble – is a fun way to get creative and kick off the celebrations. 

Whether your go-to at this time of year is a festive mulled wine cocktail, a citrusy champagne punch or a peppermint mimosa, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to artisanal tipples crafted right here in the South West. Look no further than Tarquin’s if a sparkling gin fizz is on the menu, or for a sophisticated midnight toast, a chilled bottle of Camel Valley Brut comes highly recommended. 

For those who prefer a non-alcoholic option or are keen to involve the children, you’ll find plenty of tempting mocktail recipes online, from frosted lemonade to cranberry kombucha. Cheers!

2.    Host a cheese and charcuterie night with help from Rick Stein


One of our favourite festive duos, cheese and charcuterie are a match made in heaven, and even more tempting at this time of year. For something special this New Year’s Eve, hungry foodies will love tucking into a Stein’s At Home menu box. Delivering traditional charcuterie boards straight to your door, it’s the perfect at-home alternative for those missing the true taste of Cornwall this year.

Each box features traditionally crafted, ready-to-enjoy cuts of Cornish meats, all of which are home-reared and free range. Paired with a glass of red, Stein’s selection of rich chorizo, seaweed-infused salami and homemade pâté promise an effortless evening for all. 

For those lucky enough to be spending New Year’s Eve on holiday in Cornwall in line with the government guidelines, a visit to Da Bara Bakery, St Kew Farm Shop or Deli Farm are a must. Some of our favourite local suppliers for celebratory grazing, they combine fresh local produce with plenty of festive comforts. If you ask us, there’s very little that can’t be made better with a hearty sourdough loaf, wafer thin salami and a wedge of Cornish blue.

3.    Start your own traditions


While glittering firework displays are usually at the heart of New Year’s Eve, this year may be the time to spark some new traditions. Always a favourite with our guests, Chef Fiona has introduced another tempting recipe to her culinary scrapbook, and this one's made for chilly winter nights. Her Honey Gingerbread Marshmallows are sweet, sticky and all the more special when toasted over the fire on December 31st. 

Taking 20 minutes to make and an hour to chill, you’ll only need a few indulgent ingredients, and if the children are staying up past midnight, it’s a great way to involve them in some (supervised) New Year’s Eve fun. With marshmallows made and the family wrapped up warm, head outside for the midnight countdown, where a celebratory toast around the fire is a must.

4.    Hunker down with an at-home movie night


Since most of us are staying cosied up inside this year, a film night with friends could be just what’s needed to keep everyone’s spirits high. Whether you’re watching from home or relaxing in the cinema room at Porth Enys House (left) or Shun Lee (right), the possibilities are endless. 

Make a day of it and plan a pyjama-clad movie marathon for the family, or time the credits of your favourite film to roll just before the clock strikes twelve. If you’re opting for a theme night, why not let the children get creative with homemade tickets, a dinner-time intermission and some cinema-worthy snacks?

And if you’re celebrating virtually, bring everyone together over video call with some good old fashioned parlour games before the January countdown begins. 

5.    Stretch out the celebrations


While it’s easy to get caught up in Christmas and New Year rush, there’s no reason why this year’s celebrations can’t go on a little longer. The perfect way to ease into 2021 and bring the indoors outdoors, Fowey Hall Hotel’s brand new dining igloos are just the ticket for a belated New Year’s Eve. 

Already proving a hit this festive season, new dates have just been announced, offering undercover outdoor dining until the end of February. Choose from a light lunch, afternoon tea or a special evening meal to enjoy beneath the stars. With the all-day dining menu featuring slow-braised lamb, wild mushroom risotto and Fowey mussels marinière, the igloos promise an enchanting way to welcome the New Year a little later than planned.  

If you're able to safely ring in 2021 with a South West staycation under the current government restrictions, we have a handful of tempting December stays now available to book online. From cosy cottage retreats to grand homes by the water, take a look at our holiday homes for New Year.


Posted by Sophie Hesp

When she's not out for a roast by the coast, Sophie loves exploring with her partner and their golden retriever pup, Obi. She writes about all things Cornwall and is a strong believer that there’s no such thing as too many house plants.

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