How You Do: Celebrating an Alcohol-Free New Year’s Eve

no-alcohol.jpgQ: What is New Year’s without getting hammered and downing a glass of champagne at midnight?

A: Awesome.

Yes, yes, I realize alcohol will be involved at most of your New Year’s Eve celebrations, and that’s cool with me, but it’s just not my scene. That doesn’t mean I don’t like to party, though! How do I enjoy myself without the booze, you might ask? With these tips, of course.

1. Be with other alcohol-free people.

Let’s face it—if your friends are a bunch of boozers, they’re probably going to want to hit the drink on New Year’s Eve, and you’re probably not going to have much fun without them. You could always stay sober while they knock them away, but I think it’s far easier and more fun to spend the night with a group of people who are more interested in enjoying each other’s company than getting totally smashed. If the people you’re with aren’t drinking, you probably won’t wish you were.

2. Do something really, really fun.

When was the last time you went bowling at a 24-hour lane or played billiards at a pool hall? Have you been to a theme park recently? What about indoor mini-golf? Plan an amazing night with your friends that is packed with so many fun activities that you won’t have the time (or the desire) to hit up the bars. Honestly, you’ll be having such a great time that you won’t even miss the alcohol.

3. Have a theme.

A theme can tie any party together and ensure that it won’t be boring. You could throw a Halloween-style bash and encourage everyone to come in costume, make a monster cake to celebrate the new year, and serve black currant Kristian Regále sparkling beverage as “blood.” Make up your own fun theme – maybe you want to put together a cupcake party or a British-type of gathering where everyone scarfs crumpets and drinks tea while holding pinky fingers out. Whatever it is, themes are awesome. And funny. And don’t require alcohol.

4. Go a little crazy.

Try doing something you’d never normally do, like taking a road trip to NYC to see My Morning Jacket at Madison Square Garden or busting into your old high school with friends to spend some time roaming the halls and reminiscing.

If you have any other sweet ideas for tossing the booze and doing something else great instead, speak up!

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  1. carla says:

    a british party??? dude, the brits have got to be the most heaviest drinkers of the planet!!

  2. javajune says:

    Love your ideas. Here's a couple of mine- #1 Everyone brings a secret they don't mind sharing written on paper. Throw them in a pot and try to guess which secret belongs to whom as they are read aloud. Give out a prize for the best kept secret. #2 Dress up like your fav movie character and bring a copy of the movie and a few trivia questions. Make it a contest rewarding the best dressed by letting them play their movie. After the movie play a bit of movie trivia to make sure everyone was paying attention.

    Happy New year.


  3. Rebecca says:

    'or a British-type of gathering where everyone scarfs crumpets and drinks tea while holding pinky fingers out'

    Oh dear, I've lived in England all my life and never met anyone who does anything like that, I must be missing out :P

    I'm not much of a drinker, so I tend to either just have one or two or stay away from the drinks. No one really pressures me into it or anything…

  4. Ree says:

    Hmm… theme parks are usually closed this time of year haha and as far as 'being with people who don't drink, won't make you wish you were drinking either…'? Uh, yea, not always true. Two years ago I was with people on New Years Eve who didn't drink… we sat in someone's living room, with their parents, and watched the boys play with Pokemon cards. By that point, I was dying to have some alcohol haha

    You have nice ideas, but I can't imagine too many other wiling participates to join you in your alcohol-free new years.

  5. Micah says:

    I'm not gonna be drinking lol. I'm… 20. Not sure what hubby and I will be doing – he doesn't drink either (tho he's older). Hmm I should think about that.

  6. Simon says:

    "or busting into your old high school with friends to spend some time roaming the halls and reminiscing."

    so you discourage drinking but breaking and entering is cool?

    lol… a least the first one is legal

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