Post # 1
Hope you’re all ready, cause it’s almost here – 2011!
In New Years past, I was all about going big. Getting all dolled up, slithering through packed, rowdy crowds, friends all around, and champagne flowin’. While they made for some amazing memories, I’ve kind of retired my party girl pumps. Since SO and I have moved in together, gotten increasingly more serious, and started inching towards Marriage-Land, I admit, I’m kind of a grandmother about these wild holidays. Neither SO and I drink too heavily anymore, and the idea of waiting in line out in the cold, only to pay $15 for a watered down beverage does not sound too appealing.
SO suggested we just stay in this year, but I want to make sure our night is a little special. I don’t want it to be like any other evening, getting take-out and falling asleep before the ball drops, y’know?
Any of you bees planning mellow New Years? What will you guys be doing?
Post # 3
LOL, I could’ve written this post myself! I don’t have any suggestions but looking forward to reading the answers. Not only am I a retired partier but I’ve been sick with pharangitis all week and would really love to stay home, but I feel bad that my younger Darling Husband will think we’re so lame and boring.
Post # 4
My hubby doesn’t like crowded places with drunken people (but I still do)….anywhoo, we will likely be making a bonfire with friends in the yard. There will be smores and hot cocoa and maybe other snacks +/- beer and wine. I will def wear something cozy and cute–a girl’s still gotta look cute for the camera.
Post # 5
I feel ya. At the moment I have nothing planned, and I don’t really care. FH will be several states away, and I don’t want to go out just to go out. In the end I’ll probably end up doing something.
Post # 6
This totally sounds like us!
Normally we go to our favourite restaurant, which has an 8 course tasting menu on new year’s eve. It starts around 9 and finishes at 12:30-ish, so you ring in the new year while polishing off your dessert and sipping on a glass of champagne. It’s nice and low key while still being special.
I decided I needed a year off from that this year, so we’re going over to SIL’s and BIL’s where we’ll eat hors d’oeuvres and play board games!
Post # 7
What about game night?!
Whenever I want a relaxing night in, but with a little extra something, game night always is a fun choice. You could buy a new game just to make it extra special. And with the activity you won’t be tempted to fall asleep like you may if you just watched a movie.
Still get party hats and blow horns to rock at midnight 🙂
Post # 8
Great ideas, bees! I especially like the board game ideas!
Keep ’em coming!
Post # 9
Oh man, I totally feel you. I hung up my party shoes a few years ago. In the past I’ve hosted poker night, sleepovers (my single days) or just treated it like a regular night. Not sure what we’re doing this year, probably just stay in and watch some movies or something. Fiance wants to do something but he hasn’t suggested anything in particular so unless he has some exciting ideas in the next two days, board games and movies it is!
Hell, who wants to start off the new year with a blarin’ hangover anyway?
Post # 10
I want to stay in too, my FI’s parents are coming in on Sunday and I want to have a really productive wedding chore day before they come and try and “help”. Our friends are trying to get something going but I do not want to sound so boring and say I just want to stay in!
Post # 11
We have some friends who host a fancy dinner party every year so we are going there. It is a really fun way to celebrate the new year without having to go out and face the crazies! We all pitch in for the cost of everything, and of course dress up and have champage at midnight. Lots of fun!
Post # 12
We’re going to my bf’s mom’s cabin that is about an hour and a half away, just to get away from the craziness! Maybe you could rent a hotel room (if it’s not about the money) for the night…that would be fun and different!
Post # 13
We end up out and about a lot during the holidays. We hosted Christmas at our house this year (I spent all week preparing the food!), and then my birthday falls between Christmas and New Years (hint: my birthday hasn’t happened yet this year, LOL), so by the time the 31st rolls around, we’ve had enough! A few years ago, we started doing a low-key New Years just with the two of us at home. My husband will buy a nice bottle of champagne. We’ll watch movies together and talk about the upcoming year. He always comes up with a romantic toast for when the ball drops. It nice and relaxing, and rather romantic too.
Post # 14
We’re going to a friends house, they have a little boy and they’re having two other couples who have kids over for snack/game night. Veggie tray, fruit & cheese plates, queso, all kinds of snacky goodness. We’ll have some wine and beer there, but honestly we just aren’t in that place in our lives anymore. Oh, and fyi? We don’t have kids. All the rest of them do, hahaha. We’re bringing our dogs, they understand that they are our ‘kids’ 😉
Post # 15
I’m totally with you on the chill New Year celebration. The club scene has gotten old for us too. This year we’re getting together with a small group of friends at one couple’s house. We’ll have delicious food, some wine and bubbly, play some games, and just enjoy each other’s company. I’m more excited for this than any of the “typical” parties i’ve gone to in recent years!