3 Things to do Instead of Going Out on New Year’s Eve

Let me just state the obvious to start off — New Year’s Eve is overrated. Everyone always gets stressed out and anxiety-ridden making plans and picking outfits for a holiday that is usually a let down anyway. With Hollywood setting up unrealistic expectations for what a New Year’s Eve kiss should really be like, we wake up on January 1st with a hangover and blurry memories of a sloppy makeout session we had with a stranger.

So why not just stay home for a cozy night in? You’ll save tons of money that would either be spent on a ridiculously expensive cover charge or an overpriced little black dress. This New Year’s Eve, I will be staying in instead of walking around the bitterly cold streets of Chicago in a mini skirt and platforms, and I could not be happier about it. There are tons of ways to stay in and still have fun on New Year’s, and here are just a few.

 1. Stay in and eat!

Free food? I’m so in! Food is the ultimate way to get anyone to come to a party. So why not have a few friends over and have a chili cook-off or a cookie exchange? Chatting and eating with your friends is a great way to bond and spend the last night of year with the people you love. Not only are you getting to chow down on some amazing dishes, but you also get to stay in (yay!) and avoid the stresses of splitting a dinner bill between 10 people on an overpriced meal.

 2. Stay glued to the boob tube

Staying in on New Year’s Eve offers the opportunity to stay in sweatpants the whole night and curl up on the couch with your significant other or your BFF and have a movie marathon!  If you both love Julia Roberts, ring in 2012 by watching Pretty Woman and My Best Friend’s Wedding. Or if you’re both Friends fanatics, watch all the New Year’s Eve episodes and laugh in the New Year. It doesn’t really even matter what you’re watching. Sometimes there’s nothing better than being curled up on the couch in a pair of sweats.

3. Babysit!

A friend of mine is getting paid a ridiculous amount of money to babysit on New Year’s Eve, and I think she is brilliant for doing so. Instead of spending over $100 on a “party package” that gets you “unlimited drinks” (should that even be legal?) and some appetizers, she is making double that by putting a couple toddlers to bed at 8 PM and then having some quality alone time so she can study for her GMAT and maybe watch the Times Square ball drop on TV. Though some would probably die at the thought of spending New Year’s Eve alone, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it especially when you’re making a couple hundred bucks. Talk about a happy new year, am I right?

So when December 31st rolls around and you’re still on the fence about what you want to do, think about taking a less traditional route of celebrating and stay in instead! Eat some food, watch some TV, and have a relaxing night at home. Avoid the madness that is New Year’s Eve or as my worry-wart of a father calls it: amateur night.

Katie is finishing up her undergrad at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. She enjoys wasting hours on Facebook and tweeting things no one cares about. When asked the question, “Do you do marathons?” She promptly responds, “Of course! Which show?” Follow her @KatieGarrity!



    1. aran says:

      So true. I'm from Spain and it's the same craziness… I never go out on New Years Eve, I'm happier spending the night at home, having a good dinner with my family and watching a movie or something. No hangover, no expensive dresses, no crap parties.

    2. Vicki says:

      The last few years, since I've never had any other plans, I usually rent a few movies from Blockbuster that I never got to see in theaters and spend the evening watching those. Once my sister gets home from work, we'll make margaritas or something and ring in the New Year that way.

      1. Katie Garrity - North Central College says:

        Sounds like my kind of a night!

    3. Kenzie says:

      The last couple of years, I've spent NYE with my boyfriend and his family. We all go out for a nice dinner, then go back to his grandparents' house and make drinks and play games. It's a perfect arrangement because I get the benefit of "going out" instead of staying home alone, but it's still cozy and inexpensive, as well as festive.

    4. That babysitting idea is genius. If you plan on staying in anyway, might as well make some money and help out some people who do want to go out.

    5. ava says:

      i've spent the last 3 years babysitting on NYE. yes, i'm alone but at the same time i make time and a half (aka 15 per hour)…..not bad, eh?

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      I went out last new year's eve for the first and last time, not enjoyable at all. This year I'm doing what I've done every other year; I'm staying in and watching movies with family. We have appetizers, rent a ton of movies and then watch the countdown on tv. The entire neighbourhood bangs pots and pans outside for a few minutes at midnight. It's super low key and I love it.

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