We’re halfway to Christmas Eve! Maybe it’s much too early in the game, but I thought I’d ask you just the same: What are you doing New Year’s Eve?
- Etta James – What are you doing New Year’s Eve? Spotify
New Year’s Eve can be so stressful. While Christmas Eve is all about tradition, New Year’s Eve needs to be planned year-by-year. Everyone gets their expectations up, and then dashes them by getting drunk and sentimental. A boring party on any other night is easily forgotten, but a boring New Year’s Eve party will be remembered as a major FAIL. And an actual failed party – the kind where more than one guest cries – will somehow manage to make the whole year seem like a FAIL.
The key to a good party is good people. My dream New Year’s Eve involves being surrounded by my favorite people – the kind it would be ok to get drunk and sentimental with – and drinking champagne while wearing an awesome outfit. Luckily, that is my actual plan this year, and it has been since January 2nd 2009. I see no way this can go wrong. My expectations are rising day by day. I’m almost more excited about this party than I am about Christmas. I clearly need to calm down, because if this party fails, it will mean that I leave this decade – the first one I can remember in its entirety – with a FAIL.
So here are the rules for a successful New Year’s:
- Make a plan and stick with it. Commit to celebrating New Year’s with specific people, and then don’t bail on them. Making some elaborate party-hopping plan or improvising four hours before the end of the year will not work out.
- Drink real champagne before midnight. It’s good; don’t share it with five drunk strangers in the park just because it’s midnight. That’s what cheap bubbles are for.
- Don’t drink too many bubbles. And don’t drink too much of anything that will make you sleepy, like red wine. Don’t start the new year by going to sleep immediately after midnight. New Year’s is an excuse for staying up all night.
- Wear your nicest outfit. No matter what you end up doing, you should look good doing it. There will be so many photos.
- Make some sort of plan for January 1st that allows for hang-overs, without being completely boring. I prefer waking up in the beginning of a new year thinking "It’s time to meet last nights’ people, do the dishes and watch a movie" as apposed to "I survived last night and live to see another year. Now what?" Make sure there is food available.