7 New Year's Eve Activities To Keep You Awake Until The Clock Strikes Midnight

Take one look at the calendar, and you'll notice 2016, waving at you from the not-so-far distance. And with the new year so close, it is time to start thinking about New Year's Eve activities. For most party-goers, that will most likely involve slipping into sequin dresses and cranking out New Year's Eve decor. But what about when you (and your house) are all dressed up and ready to go? That's where these ideas for New Year's Eve activities come in.

Of course, I'm talking about things to do other than sipping on champagne and counting down the seconds. This guide is especially useful if you're hosting a New Year's Eve party, and want to mix things up a bit. I mean, if you're going to throw a party, you might as well make it one to remember. Am I right, or am I right?

Besides, a rad party is an excellent way to end a rad year. From big steps in same-sex marriage support to badass feminist beauty moments, 2015 has made some serious history. I can only imagine what 2016 will bring. With these easy and fun New Year's Eve activities, you'll be able to turn over a new leaf in the best way. Cheers!

1. Look Through 2015 Photos

Thanks to social media, walking down memory lane has never been so easy. Honor the year's best moments by scoping out everyone's social media for the most hilarious, ridiculous, and sappy shots you can find. Whip up a quick slideshow, sync it with a favorite song, and play it on loop all night.

2. Make a Playlist

Celebrations aren't complete without a playlist. Send off 2015 the right way with a list of your favorite tunes from the past year. Don't forget to use YouTube and other platforms like it to your advantage; they make it ridiculously easy to curate a custom playlist.

3. Learn a Dance

Get your groove on by learning the dance moves to one of 2015's many anthems. This is even more fun with friends and family; don't forget to get the video camera ready once you've (somewhat) perfected the moves.

Did you make an exercise-related resolution? This may very well be the most fun way to get started.

4. Bake Delicious Treats

Whether it's a tried-and-true crowd favorite or a brand new recipe, there's nothing better than indulging in sweet treats on New Year's Eve. Those holiday desserts can seriously hit the spot. The champagne has to wash down something, after all.

5. Create a Signature Cocktail

Ring in 2016 with an awesome drink concoction just for you and your crew. This is perfect for when you need a break from all that champagne. Plus, New Year's Eve is prime time for taste testing... just saying.

6. Make a Photo Booth

Candids are fun and everything, but there's something special about a photo booth. Remember, you don't need anything fancy shmancy. Simply set up some New Year's Eve decor, and let your guests (and their smartphones) take care of the rest.

7. Plan a Road Trip

Put your 2016 dreams into action by planning your next road trip. In just one night, you can scope out everything from cozy coffee shops and bookstores to landmarks and trails. Get yourself pumped for what the new year has to offer. The world is yours!

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