There’s nothing I hate more than the idea that you have to go all out to ring in the new year. Sometimes, it can feel more like a mandate… because apparently, it didn’t really happen unless you’ve spent hundreds of dollars in covers and bottle service to rage the last few moments of the year away.
A few years ago, my friends and I decided to ignore the expectation of having “the best New Year’s Eve ever” and – what do you know – we turned out to have the best New Year’s Eve ever. It was just of the four of us that year. We met up at a friend’s apartment in the East Village with bottles of wine and Fireball in hand (don’t judge). Later, we found a nearby dive bar that is, to this day, one of my favorite places to grab a drink. Flash forward to minutes before midnight, when we were sharing drinks, laughs and karaoke with old and new friends. If my body could still handle it, I would relive that night over and over again.
The secret to having an amazing New Year’s Eve is not worry too much about having an amazing New Year’s Eve. I’m not saying that winging it is always going to be your best option (especially if you’re rolling with a larger group), but you should be flexible and go with the flow whenever you can. Don’t take the night too seriously and who knows, it might be one for the books.
What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? I’d love to hear what you’re up to, so leave me a note in the comment section below!