The end is on the horizon. Not just the end of the year, but of the holiday season itself. It's so close, you're almost there. How are you holding up? Did you get evicted the morning after you hosted a party? If not, I imagine you followed our drinking tips. Did everyone get the presents they wanted? Then maybe our gifting tricks paved the way for an argument-free Christmas morning.
All that's left on the calendar is perhaps the biggest night of the year: New Year's Eve. With such a momentous occasion, social interaction will be at an all-time high, and with it comes a ton of pressure. Don't let it weigh you down. We've gathered a few tricks of the trade that will ensure your midnight countdown ends with a night to remember, not a memory to forget.
Set the Bar Low
This has a double meaning, and both are your most important rules of the night:
- Manage expectations from the jump. If it just has to be the BEST. NIGHT. EVER., then you're only going to end up underwhelmed. Simply enjoy the night and who you're with.
- Keep your visits with the bartender at a minimum. Knowing your cut-off point ups the chances that you'll be the life of the party, not the end of the party.
Break the Ice, Don't Skate Over It
One of the hardest parts of any social event is learning how to start up a conversation. Wallflowers bloom left and right, waiting for their chances to soak in the spotlight. So, the easy part is knowing that you're not alone against the wall. Strike up a conversation with someone also looking around the room with a joke-and-pivot: a small joke about the awkwardness of the situation, followed by a quick change of subject, and you're off and gliding. Imagine how you'd feel if someone did the same for you...would be pretty great, right? Don't skate over the insecurity, break it to smithereens.
To Date or Not To Date
That is the question. New Year's Eve is, typically, a night for romance. But here's the hard and fast rule of whether or not you should get yourself a plus-one: No First Dates.
Thinking of asking that cute barista to your friend's party? Don't do it. Or maybe your co-worker would like the open bar at your favorite pub? How about no, and also, that might be a bad idea any night of the year (check in with HR first). This is not the night for first dates. High hopes are through the roof, and there is little chance the evening will match them. It's okay to be dateless. Repeat, it's okay to be dateless. No need to spend the night searching for a midnight kiss—if it happens, it happens. January 1st is going to come either way. Your dating life will also survive the turning of the calendar. Promise.
Dress the Party
Black-tie or blue jeans, know the colors of the dress code. You don't want to know how it feels to waltz into a room full of tuxedos wearing an ugly sweater. But, also, gliding into a small dinner party wearing a coat and tails probably doesn't feel too hot either. In the end, how you want to dress is up to you—this is a night for sartorial expression—just pick the audience that's right for you. Bonus tip: Maybe don't wear anything you want to wear again. Be honest, it's probably not going to survive the night incident-free.
Put Your Resolutions on Hold
Throughout the night, you'll be repeatedly asked what your resolution is going to be, but don't feel the need to settle on one in the moment. In fact, take a few days to think it through. Wait until January 2nd to pick. You'll be feeling a lot of emotions on December 31st—too many to focus on what actually matters—and you'll be dealing with a few regrets on January 1st, namely a raging headache. So let the fog lift a bit, then choose your resolution. You'll see that you survived the year, and the holiday season, only to come out pretty great on the other side.