Happy New Year’s Eve eve to you! This past year was full of more uncertainty and stress, but there are plenty of good things on the horizon — and that’s worth celebrating! When it comes to New Year’s Eve, there’s no better way to kick off another trip around the sun than by throwing a celebration – but of course if you’re going to party this year, just make sure you’re doing so responsibly. We know it’s hard during the holidays, which are normally a time filled with parties and family festivities, but it’s important to follow the gov.scot safety guidelines to minimize the spread of COVID-19, especially as the Omicron variant is on the rise. Whether you opt for a small gathering of sorts, or have your soiree over Zoom, we’ve got some great ideas to help you start 2022 off on the right foot – as you first foot! No matter what your NYE theme is, you can never go wrong with a sparkly outfit, tasty appetisers and lots of champagne! here’s @josiesmithmedia’s @forgeshopping tips
Have a New Year’s Resolution Jar
Get everyone to start thinking about their New Year’s resolutions by encouraging them to write down their goals and dreams. Put a jar out with blank cards or pieces of paper so everyone can stash theirs in their purse or pocket.
Play Party Games
Get the party going with a good, old-fashioned board game. Scrabble and Monopoly are always fun if you’re celebrating in person with people in your household, but Pictionary is ideal if you’re playing over Zoom.
Try Your Hand at Mixology
Cocktails and New Year go hand-in-hand after all. If you’re celebrating in person, have everyone in your household come prepared to make a batch cocktail of their favourite drink — just make sure you get enough supplies ahead of time. If you’re celebrating over Zoom, find a fun cocktail recipe that everyone can follow along with at home as you video chat.
ASDA Extra Special Strawberry Daiquiri @ £7.00
A convenient Ready-to-Drink Cocktail. A Blend of Premium Rum and Strawberry Purée with a Hint of Lime. Chill, Shake, Serve. Suitable for Vegetarians. Store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. Once opened, keep refrigerated and consume within 7 days. (Product code: 7144590)
ASDA Extra Special 6 Mini Coquilles St. Jacques @ £4.00
Succulent Patagonian scallops in a rich Thermidor sauce. Topped with a crisp ciabatta crumb. (Oven cook – From Ambient: 200ºC / 400ºF / Fan 180ºC / Gas 6 / 12 Mins. Product code: 7158828)
ETERNITY Diamond Solitaire WAS £599.00 NOW £499.00
If really want to ring in the New Year, head to Eternity. This gorgeous 9ct Gold 1/4 Carat Diamond Solitaire Ring is stunning. Simple and elegant, this beautiful 9ct gold diamond and solitaire ring is an update of a timeless classic. Set in a 9ct gold band, the brilliant cut diamond is held in 4 white gold claws giving it a modern contemporary style and showing off its natural beauty to the utmost advantage. Eternity have carefully selected this stunning diamond, ensuring its brightness and colour make it stand out. You will treasure this for many years to come! (Code: 01830110. RRP: £1,198.00)
QUIZ Black Wrap Front Midi Dress @ £17.49
This dress is so flattering! It’s a striking but relaxed piece with a batwing sleeve. (Length: 105cm approx/Model Height: 5′ 8″/Model wears UK 8. Product Care 95% Polyester 5% Elastane. Cool hand wash with mild detergent.) Get this season’s hottest dresses for less. No matter what your plans are, the QUIZ range of mini, midi and maxi dresses has you covered. Whether you need something for day, party or a special occasion, your new look is waiting in their sale dresses collection online. Pair your favourite sale dresses with biker boots or trainers for cool day-to-day look. Need something formal? Their selection of long dresses on sale will have you looking and feeling your best.
ASDA Haig Club Single Grain Scotch Whisky Mixed with Crafted Cola @ £2.00
Pre-mixed and easily portable, Haig Club Crafted Cola is perfect for sharing with friends at home or on the go. A distinctive blend of spices – including citrus and kola nut extracts alongside Tahitian vanilla – compliments the butterscotch notes of Clubman, delivering a delicious and perfectly balanced signature serve. Keep chilled in the refrigerator. For the perfect serve, pour over ice and garnish with a slice of lime. (Product code: 6810914)
ASDA Taittinger Champagne Nocturne Sec WAS £39.00 NOW £26.00
Taittinger is one of the last great Champagne Houses to remain independent and is owned and actively managed by the family named on the label. The family are guardians of Taittinger’s style, quality and integrity. The hallmark of their fine Champagnes is the high proportion of Chardonnay used in their winemaking which is key, in the Champagne region, for producing wines of great elegance and finesse. Additionally, with its vineyard ownership of 288 ha (one of the largest in Champagne), Taittinger can guarantee a flawless signature, and wines heralded worldwide for their consistent quality. (Product code: 7241915)
TOYTOWN Trivial Pursuit Family Edition Game @ £34.00
It’s the quick-play family trivia game with 2,400 questions. Gather everyone together for a brilliant gaming experience! The Trivial Pursuit Family Edition game features fresh questions and a quick pace, including the Showdown challenge where 2 players compete for a wedge simultaneously. Play individually or in teams, taking turns moving around the board and answering questions correctly to win wedges. This game is packed with laughter and learning for a party especially designed for families. Family members can test their smarts with question after question in 6 categories: Geography, Entertainment, History, Sports and Leisure, Arts and Literature, and Science and Nature. Be the first player or team to earn each of the 6 category wedges, and answer a final question correctly to win! (Code: E1921)
BON MARCHE Lurex Stripe Floral Tiered Maxi Dress WAS £28.00 NOW £16.00
Be ready for any New Year occasion with this floral maxi dress. The dress has a flattering v-neck, bust darts and long sleeves and it can be dressed up or down. Style with boots for a day look or with heels and a clutch bag for an evening outfit. (Length: 127cm. Material: 99% Polyester, 1% Metallised Fibre. Product Care: Machine Washable. Product Code: 9001536)