As the Christmas shopping is winding down and holiday parties are wrapping up, a new year is once again approaching. This often means reflecting on the year that's past, creating new resolutions we may or may not keep and a looking forward to a fresh start in the new year. No matter what the new year means to you, it is always best ushered in with friends, loved ones and a glass of champagne (or two)!
There are so many different ways to celebrate the new year. One that seems the most popular is the fancy-schmancy hotel or bar party option. These places provide the ultimate New Years Eve experience with elegant decorations, endless cocktails and hundreds of people in black tie attire counting down to midnight. This is definitely the priciest of New Years Eve options with tickets, transportation and the oh-so-important outfit. Having a party at home is an excellent option too! Less worrying about cabs, crowds and lines at the bar. This also allows you to spend the evening with the people that are important to you as years go by rather than 500 complete strangers.
I've tested out many of the New Years Eve options over the years. One year was the black tie party at the big hotel in downtown Chicago, spent the night at a small bar with a few friends, sat home and were grateful we weren't the people freezing in the background of the countdowns and laughed at their ridiculous dancing. All of them were great for different reasons. The next New Years on my to do list is the be hostess and bring the black tie and the evening at home together. I love that New Years is a night that you can never be too dressed up and sequins and fur are staples. So I'd like to combine the fun of dressing up with the convenience of staying in and host a fabulous New Year Eve fete at home. Invite close friends, let them invite their friends - it seems like a more the merrier kind of occasion. Put Dick Clark on mute as a background to a playlist of the years most popular songs and get ready to countdown to a champagne toast at midnight! No worrying about a mess to clean up - confetti, streamers and noise makers are a must!
No matter how you spend it, I wish you a very happy New Years and a fabulous 2011!