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Two female friends celebrating the New Year



We might say 2020 has been a challenging year – but then we’d have to retire the word “challenging” because someone once associated it with 2020. Let’s turn our collective frown upside down as we celebrate moving toward a future of possibilities. Here’s a list of safe and fun ways to ring in the new year in Carrollton.

1. Stage a Fancy Photo Shoot

Remember parties? Well, the good ones used to have a photo booth to capture all your fond memories of that special evening. Bring the party home this year, and set up your own photo booth. Break out your best black dress or suit, and take things up a notch with a balloon photo frame from Celebrate it! Balloons. You’ll come away with a sweet pic where you’re looking fresh, and that’s all you want to remember from 2020. Positive vibes!

2. Do the PJs & Ice Cream Thing

Maybe you’re not feeling up to getting spiffy – or getting dressed at all. As we’ve learned this year, it’s work most of us aren’t willing to do. Instead, do you and cozy up in your PJs. Order some ice cream and mocktails from 7 Degrees Ice Cream Rolls for delivery, and queue up Bridget Jones’s Diary on Hulu. It’s a cheery way to ruminate on New Year’s resolutions that you can break later. If your friends or family are in another household, try setting up a virtual movie night on Kast or another screen share app, so you can spread the warm fuzzies all around.

3. Celebrate Carrollton’s Food Culture

This new year presents the perfect excuse to eat in, and there’s no shortage of delectable and diverse food options in Carrollton. Order up a Korean pancake from Zzizim on Uber Eats, and don’t miss their dumpling and sliced rice cake soup, a dish that is traditionally enjoyed at Korean Lunar New Year celebrations. For dessert, pick up some refreshing paletas from Paleteria San Marcos. Yummy food makes it all better.

4. Look at the Stars & Drink Something Warm

Carrollton is a great place to drink coffee and to be outside, so why not spend the last hours of 2020 doing both? Grab some locally roasted beans from Lemma Coffee Roasters, and fill your house with the soul-nourishing aroma of coffee. Then, take your liquid joy to go in a tumbler, and visit W.J. Thomas Park or your favorite outdoor hangout, where you can enjoy some of the evening under the stars. Try an augmented reality stargazing app like SkyView or Star Rover to give you some insight into what you’re seeing, and head into 2021 awed by the vastness of the universe.

5. Nerd Out New Year

Go ahead and embrace your inner nerd. Pick out a new board game (or two) and get crazy with a New Year’s Eve game night. Check out Common Ground Games for a nice selection. When it’s getting toward midnight and you’re tired of holding cards, switch over to armchair gaming and binge-watch Jeopardy on Netflix. Don’t forget to break out the champagne. You’ll be throwing out answers in the form of questions in no time!

Looking for more ways to entertain yourself this winter? Follow our blog for recipes, crafts, and more fun ideas to help keep you sane.