Unconventional ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve


New Year’s Eve is always the same: fireworks, the ball drop, champagne, and a kiss at the stroke of midnight. Switch it up this year, and try out these alternative ways to celebrate the new year.

A movie marathon

Very few things are better than cozying up in front of the TV with some popcorn and a cup of hot chocolate. You can even make it festive with a New Years-themed movie lineup, featuring “New Year’s Eve” (2011), “Bridget Jones’s Diary” (2001), “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993), and more. If that’s not enough, check out these top holidays movies you can stream online for free.

At Common, you can stream these movies on our Smart TVs or in a home movie theater, and have a jolly time with your suitemates and friends.


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Host a game night

Bring the party indoors. Invite some friends over, and put your childhood hats on. Bring out some old favorites such as “Hungry Hippos” or “Jenga” or invest in newer games like “Bananagrams.” Don’t forget the video and computer games, from Super Smash Bros to Fortnite. A fun evening with friends is an evening well spent. New Year’s Eve will fly by as you celebrate in the comfort of your own home, surrounded by people you love.

Common homes have amazing community spaces that are perfect for game nights. Some of them even have a giant Scrabble board built-in to the wall.

Have a bake off

Feeling inspired by “Nailed It!” or “The Great American Baking Show”? Then host a baking competition in your own home. Everyone can either bring cakes that they’ve made or you can spend the evening baking and vote at the stroke of midnight. Either way, everyone gets cake.

You can host a bake-off at Common, as our kitchens come fully stocked with high-end appliances and household essentials, such as baking pans, olive oil, and whisks.

New Year’s spring cleaning

Some of us might be leaning toward having a more quiet, introverted me-time this New Year’s Eve. You can throw on some holiday music and clean your apartment until midnight. It’ll be so rewarding to start off 2019 with a clean home and a clear mind.

Weekly cleaning services are included in the one all-inclusive rate at Common, so your home won’t be messy to start with. Just have a dance party in your clean home!
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Happy New Year from all of us at Common. Whether you undertake these unconventional ways at Common or the traditional ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve, we hope you have an amazing first day of 2019.

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