I love New Years Eve because not only is it officially the last day of the year and I can celebrate what I hope will be "my year" but it also brings an end to those awkward days between December 25th and January 1st. That is, everyone is working at half productivity and efficiency simply waiting for the espresso boost the 1st will bring. And like any New Year Optimist™, I like to celebrate this transition but I don't necessarily feel like wearing a glittery dress and being in a club for the whole night. Therefore, I've created this list of five New Year's Eve activities that will feel festive and where a sparkly dress is completely optional.
1. Baking cookies:
Nothing smells better than fresh baked goods. So why not pick a cookie or cake recipe, perhaps something from Jocelyn Delk Adams' cookbook, Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories, and spend your New Year's Eve baking it. You can appreciate the fruits of your labor while catching some fireworks near you.
2. movie night:
There are currently some great movies out (I've seen positive reviews about The Shape of Water and Jumanji). Catching a late screening of an enjoyable film with a bag of buttery popcorn and a fizzy drink could be a satisfying and low key way to celebrate the end of the year.
3. intentions and relaxation:
You can ring in the new year in by taking time to set your goals/resolutions/intentions for the upcoming year. An entire spa night can accompany this reflective time where you can restore yourself physically as well as mentally before the hectic pace of life resumes. Browse the health and beauty section of our business directory to find some spa suitable products.
4. a dance party while cleaning up:
Throw out the old and celebrate the new by cleaning your space because you don't need to be holding onto items that bring back bad memories or simply don't add to your life. Cleaning isn't exactly the most fun activity, but music always makes the dullest chores worthwhile (I'm looking at you 30 minute workouts) and so do podcasts (my favourite at the moment is Myleik Teele's podcast). So pick your favourite playlist and get to organizing and clearing out the rooms that need the most attention.
5. a chill dinner party:
Inviting people to your place and making it a potluck can produce a cozy night with those you care about most. It's an alternative that will have you well feed, comfortable, and skipping long restroom lines and diluted drinks at the bar.