Let’s face it: Once you get to a certain age, going out on New Year’s Eve whooping it up loses its appeal. Either that or Father Time is catching up with you and well, you can’t handle a night of carrying on the way you used to when you were younger. It’s OK. It happens to us all. Here are some suggestions on how you can stay in for New Year’s Eve and still manage to have a little party of your own with families and friends.
New Year’s Eve is actually a great night to go out to dinner. Of course, you’ll want to make sure you have reservations, but more often than not, it’s a slow night for restaurants—especially if you get there early in the evening. If you’re more of the let’s-eat-in type, having a few friends over for dinner and drinks is a terrific way to ring in the New Year. Of course, sleepovers are mandatory if guests become intoxicated.
Settling in and watching the boob tube is another New Year’s Eve tradition that will keep you off the streets. Many stations offer movie or television marathons. If you’re lucky you’ll catch a Marx Brothers or Thin Man marathon to ring in the New Year. Or if you want to control the programming, make sure you have set aside a DVD of your favorite television show and get to it. Popcorn and soft drinks are recommended, although it’s totally cool if you break out the alcohol. As long as you stay on the couch, right?!
If your New Year’s Eve is more of a family affair, playing games is always a fun way to ring in the New Year. Especially if you’re playing some epic games of Scrabble or Scattergories. Or you can fire up your video game console on your television and have a great time as a gamer.
With the Internet, Skype, FaceTime and all the other ways we can stay in touch, you might want to stay close to your computer or mobile device and celebrate New Year’s Eve using a little bit of newfangled technology.