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have a camp-in
A variation on the pajama party, the camp-in is another sleepover party
at which sleeping bags will be de rigueur. There might be snow on the
ground outdoors, but there's no reason in the world you can't bring the
camp inside. For an indoor camp-in, you will, however, need a fireplace.
Build up a nice fire, make some s'mores, toast up some hot dogs and
enjoy the pleasant crackle of the flames. Go nuts with glow-in-the-dark
stars and turn your ceiling into the night sky. Get comfy in flannel and
long johns, pour yourselves a big mug of hot (spiked) cocoa, tell a
ghost story or two (or take advantage of the fact that you have
electricity and rent some scary movies instead), and enjoy the great
indoors with your friends.
up a feast with a few good pals
There's only one thing that beats sharing a phenomenally good spread
with friends -- making the meal ensemble as well. Unless you happen to
have a kitchen that can accommodate more than a handful of busy cooks,
of course, this works best with a very small group of friends. Decide
what you want to cook ahead of time, and stock up on the goods. Come New
Year's Eve, throw on some music, pour everyone a drink, then divvy up
the responsibilities and get cooking. Let good food and good
conversation guide you into the new year.
Make a getaway
We're not talking anything big here, like a voyage to Paris or Rome or
Antarctica or anything. (Though, if you can swing that, I'm terribly
jealous.) But New Year's Eve offers the perfect opportunity to sneak
away from the crowds at home, and seek something a little cozier, a
little quieter, a lot more intimate. Head to the mountains, head to the
ocean, head anywhere that's away from the multitudes. Go with your
sweetie, or bring a couple of close friends. One of the best New Year's
Eves I ever spent was in a little town in Cape Cod in which the depths
of the off-season meant that there was not a single thing going on in
town. Sure, we could have made the drive to always-lively P-town, but
instead, we spent the evening by a fire in my boy's grandparents' rental
house. With plenty of wine, a few good friends, and a pile of board
games, we rang in the New Year quietly, but thoroughly enjoyably.
So your best friends are throwing the traditional hoity-toity New Year's
Eve bash, and despite the fact that your mood is running towards
something a little more chill, you feel obligated to attend? Give
yourself something to look forward to, and host a day-after
party on January 1st. Make it a laidback affair where you invite
your favorite folks over to commiserate in your mutual hangover hell.
Have a few no-brain-required videos on hand, plenty of water and
aspirin, lots of throw pillows and lounge space, and some
hangover-friendly eats for when your bellies begin to recover.
Whatever you choose to do this
December 31st, may you find yourself celebrating in whatever manner
genuinely suits your fancy. Happy new year to all!
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