With the latest restrictions, many of us are now unable to welcome 2021 how we originally planned (2020 continuing with the ‘lovely’ surprises right until the end)! Whilst we cannot promise normality, we have come up with some great ways for you to celebrate a Cheshire-inspired New Year’s Eve at Home!

The Food

There are two types of people in this world: those which detest washing up, and those that do not. Regardless of which group you fit into; our Cheshire New Year’s Eve at Home will have you covered in the culinary department!

Takeout and Delivery Options

Opting for a New Year’s Eve meal from one of Cheshire and Warrington’s FANTASTIC (temporary) takeaway establishments promises both a spectacular final meal for 2020 and minimal washing up!

  • La Fattoria: Situated in the heart of Chester, this family-run Italian restaurant offers its entire menu for delivery. So, whether it is hearty pasta, scrumptious pizza or warming gnocchi that you are after, a delivery from La Fattoria will certainly cater to your needs!

  • Victor’s Alderley Edge: Known as one of the county’s most visually appealing restaurants, the modern America menu at Victor’s is also second to none! From crispy porcini ravioli, to grilled lobster, and even banana and pineapple upside-down cake, you will be spoilt for choice!

  • Cinnamon Lounge: Contemporary Indian cuisine is almost always a winner, and Cinnamon Lounge in Warrington certainly does not disappoint. Offering Indian classics alongside the Chef’s signature dishes, Cinnamon Lounge is almost guaranteed to have something for everyone this New Year’s Eve!

None of these taking your fancy? Don’t forget that we have a huge list of temporary takeaway providers on our website too*. Click here to view them. 

Farm Shops

Would you prefer your final meal of 2020 to be home-cooked? Why not make it extra special by using local Cheshire and Warrington ingredients from our prized farm shops? We have included some below, but a full list can be found here on our website.

The Drinks

Throughout the year, we have been busy crafting cocktail recipes for our followers to enjoy. New Year’s Eve seems like a better time than ever to indulge in our Cheshire Cocktails! Don’t worry, alcohol-free substitutes are provided too.

The Entertainment

New Year’s Eve is almost synonymous with quality entertainment, and so we have scouted the internet for a variety of virtual events that you can tune into from the comfort (and safety) of your own home. So, on a full stomach and paired with a Cheshire tipple of choice, sit down and enjoy the following:

  • The Big New Year’s In: BBC1 @ 9pm. Hosted by Paddy McGuiness, this flagship show promises music, quizzes and recaps of the year gone by!

  • The 2021 Virtual Worldwide Party: Featuring 24 hours of virtual entertainment accompanied by 24 DJs, celebrities, and opportunities to socialise with new people, this worldwide virtual event promises to be a hit! Book here.

  • New Year’s Eve Superhero Yoga Flow: NYE @ 4.30-6pm. Hosted from Leeds, this relaxing and invigorating yoga flow looks to be the perfect way to seal-off the stressful, hectic year of 2020. Book here.

The Traditions

Every country worldwide has its own traditions for New Year’s Eve. Why not embrace the differences ‘gifted’ to us by 2020, and trial one of the New Year’s Eve traditions from around the world below?

  • Spain: As each clock bell strikes at midnight on New Year’s Eve, it is customary for Spaniards to eat a grape – working out at approximately one every three seconds! It is uncertain exactly how this tradition originated, but many believe that it is related to the surplus of grape crops in Spain in 1909. Regardless, it is thought that those who successfully consume their twelve grapes in a timely manner will have a ‘próspero año y felicidad’!

  • Denmark: Denmark’s most prominent New Year’s Eve tradition involves smashing plates against your friends’ front doors. The more plates, the more luck (and popularity) you will have for the year ahead! This might not go down too well in the UK, but their other major tradition of jumping off a chair as the clock strikes midnight is much more feasible!

  • Romania: To chase away evil spirits for the year ahead, it is customary for Romanians to dress up as dancing bears on New Year’s Eve. Bears played a prominent protection and healing role in old Romanian tales, hence the choice of animal.

  • Brazil: The colour of your underwear on New Year’s Eve will, in the minds of the Brazilians, dictate how the year ahead will be – red will suggest romance, white peace, and yellow for wealth!

  • Colombia: Many of us have had our 2020 travels cancelled (or at least disrupted) due to coronavirus. In Colombia, to have a travel-filled new year, it is customary to walk around the neighbourhood with an empty suitcase. As one of the more accessible traditions on this list, it certainly seems worthwhile to give it a try (particularly so you can Visit Cheshire sooner rather than later)!

  • Philippines: Filipinos believe that anything round, including polka dots, signifies wealth and fortune, and thus it is customary to wear such patterns on New Year’s Eve. Plus, to welcome good fortune and positive vibes, it is traditional to open all doors, windows, drawers, and cabinets around the home!

We hope that this blog has given you some inspiration on how to have a successful New Year’s Eve celebration in light of the current restrictions. Let us know how it goes by tagging us in social content under #YourCheshire!

*Given how quickly things are changing at the minute, please consult their official websites before booking.

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