Ditch the party hotspots: spend your New Year at home and bond over these indoor party staples--
Board and card games
There's one for the whole family: classics like Scrabble and Monopoly, or newer inventions like 7 Wonders, Steam, Cashflow, and newfangled card games like Apples to Apples, Taboo, or the hilariously offensive Cards Against Humanity.
Wii has created a whole new dimension to the video game: one that involves physical activity, team play, and in-person competition. If you have a Wii at home, invite your family and other guests to play tennis, baseball, bowling, golf, and boxing. Make it a contest with prizes to raise the stakes.
Look to party staples like charades or Pictionary, trivia contests, or a round of DIY "Who am I?": write down the names of historical figures, celebrities, and other popular icons on pieces of paper, cardboard, or Post-It notes. Players must pick from the deck, stick the name on their forehead, and guess the name on the card by asking questions that other players can answer only with "yes" or "no."
A movie marathon should keep you and your guests entertained for hours. Choose movies that all of your guests can enjoy, and something lighthearted to end the year on a high note.
A scavenger hunt
Perfect for children: host a scavenger hunt in your home. Hide treats like chocolates, candy, noise makers, party hats, and small gifts in kid-friendly nooks and crannies.
A Filipino favorite during celebrations and parties, karaoke -- or the "videoke," in local parlance -- is a New Year must: a tradition, one might say. Enjoy a few rounds with your family and friends.