We’re barreling down on another year and right up there with your New Year’s resolutions is your New Year’s festivities! Celebrating your past year and welcoming a new one is of the utmost importance. While tradition would have us shaking our groove thangs, watching Dick Van Dyke and kissing someone when the ball drops, those aren’t the only options for a rockin’ NYE!
For me, New Year’s Eve sets the tone for the year to come and spending it with people I love laughing, enjoying great food is the perfect way to welcome another year of prosperity, blessings and good times!
Here are 7 more ways to bring in the New Year with style!
1. Dance into 2012
Who doesn’t love an all night dance-a-thon with your girls, glitzy party dresses and high heels included?! Get the girl gang together, pick an out of town locale, rent a hotel and have a one-night only sweat session! Most clubs/venues have NYE special events, top notch DJs and other people kicking off their heels and dancing their way into the new year!
2. Have an Exquisite Dinner
If you’re more the contemplative type or prefer reserved to rocking, than perhaps a quiet dinner at home or a la fancy restaurant is more your speed. Most restaurants have two and three course specials for New Year’s Eve diners. Grab your honey or best friend and treat yourself to a delectable meal, something you wouldn’t normally spend money on. Lobster, anyone?
3. Plan a Movie Marathon
When I was younger, my siblings and I would plan elaborate movie marathons complete with gobs of candy, popcorn, soda and junk food. Well I can’t say I’ve grown out of it and planning a cool movie theatre style marathon right from your sofa is a grand (and comfortable) way to celebrate. Grab the gobstoppers and anything with Seth Rogen.
4. Indulge with a Spa Day
Essential oils, hot stones, strong hands rubbing the kinks out of your shoulders… bring in the new year in tranquility and zen-like peace. Having a spa day (solo or group) is a great way to ease your mind and come into another year fully relaxed.
5. Throw a House Party
On NYE there’s lots of traffic and commotion, so why not bring the party to you? Invite a great group of friends, make an End of the World playlist (be sure to include “Party like 1999— cheesy I know) provide great snacks and stocked bar and have a great time! Let Dick play in the background and don’t forget the party hats, noisemakers and bubbly!
6. Travel for an International Countdown
While it may be a bit late to hop a flight and travel for NYE, keep this mind for 2013. Celebrating NYE in another country is a great way to experience how other major cities celebrate! Syndey, Bangkok, London and Paris are know for their electric NYE festivities complete with full light shows and parades!
7. Volunteer your Goodwill
Start the NYE in good faith and charity by volunteering at your local shelter, teen organization or religious institution. Help with a youth New Year’s event or work in a soup kitchen. Helping those less fortunate is a great way to set the tone of another year of service and goodwill.
How are you bringing in the New Year? Where will you be ‘round midnight?