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Thanksgiving down. Hannukah check. Christmas over. Three out of four of the big holidays are over and now it’s time for the last big one of the season. That’s right, the new year is upon us and as one of the most overrated and overhyped holidays (in my opinion) is about to ascend, we must decide what we are going to do for the big night. There is so much involved in this decision and many people feel pressured to have “the best night ever.” What am I going to do? How much money do I want to spend? What am I going to wear? And most importantly, who I am going to make-out with at the stroke of midnight? So many decisions.¬†All I can say is at the ripe old age of 31, I am kind of over it. I’ve done it all on New Years Eve and have had some pretty fantastic times with some great stories the morning after, but in the end, it’s just another night out with a lot more sparkly of a dress and a bigger dent in my wallet.

There is always so much hype for NYE as one of the premiere going-out nights of the years. Along with Thanksgiving Eve, Halloween, and even sometimes the 4th of July, people really make these holidays as “must go out” nights. Who wants that pressure? Not this girl. So what am I going to do? That still remains to be decided but there are always a few options on the table and ultimately the choice is mine. So on this New Years Eve, there are a few options that are tried and true. Whether you have decided well in advance what your plans are or are just gonna wait until the last minute, there are always a few ways you can go.


1) Stay in. The cheapest of them all. And you won’t end up with hangover the next morning which is always a plus. Curl up on the couch in your sweats with a movie or two, or even a good book. Head to bed around 10ish and wake up in the morning with all your missed “Happy New Year” texts and no regrets. I have done this a few times and actually really enjoyed it. I have zero qualms about staying in alone. And when I do this, I always get such a good New Years Day workout in that makes me rejuvenated for what the New Year is going to bring me.

2) Go to a party at someone’s house/apt. In my opinion, this is one of the best options if you want to go out and actually be social. Assuming the party is being held by a friend or a friend of a friend, you will know some people there and have the opportunity to meet some new people there as well. Additionally, you won’t be paying a fortune. Obviously we assume you have manners and will bring something for the host/hostess, but beyond that, you aren’t dropping too much dough. And because you are in someone’s home, you can all watch the ball drop on TV. Just don’t drink and drive, so plan accordingly.

3) Go on vacation. Get out of the cold and go somewhere tropical. (Or head up to the mountains to a ski resort if that’s your cup of tea too.) My family used to go away for Christmas and New Years when I was younger and it’s always so great to be dressed up to party at a resort with all-you-can-drink alcohol and a late-night buffet, all while being tan and not having to wear tights or a coat with your dress. And hey, you aren’t in your state/country so feel free to live it up even more. What happens in _______, stays in _______. Amiright?

4) Go to one of those $100-200 open bar deals at a bar. This is something that everyone should do at least once to get it out of their systems. I did it one time and that was enough for me. When I was finally 21, I spent my first legal drinking New Years at a huge bar in Chicago. From what I remember from that evening, I had an amazing time, but those kind of events can be annoying because you go to a bar that you might frequent often but are paying like five times as much simply because its New Years. Is it really worth it? It might be and its your call.

Whatever you do this year, make sure it’s what you want to do and you aren’t suckered into it. You want to ring in the New Year stress and drama free and have a really good time doing it. Remember that 12:01 is officially the New Year so start it off right and have no regrets moving forward. Happy and Healthy everyone.

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