Hosting New Year’s Eve

I’ve never had a really awesome New Year’s Eve. They’ve always been a little… anticlimactic. And yes, that is including the time I went to Time Square to watch the ball drop. I was cold, hungry, and it was a little too much for my introverted self.

This new years, though, I actually had a really good time! My friends Allison, Christen and I are running in the marathon together (less than two weeks now – yikes!), so we decided a months ago we would get together for NYE weekend to run our longest run before the race — 22.2 miles. They arrived Saturday with their husband and dogs in tow, and we had a very full and lively bunch in our small apartment!

Sunday we ran our formidable 22-miler, then spent the rest of the day lounging around resting our sore muscles. Monday was Christen’s birthday, so we celebrated with a day of cinnamon rolls, mani/pedis, a few crafts, and prepared for our evening.

Since we couldn’t leave the three dogs at home to go out, we decided to have a glamourous NYE evening in. We dressed up (much to the chagrin of our husbands), lit a bunch of candles, turned on Rosemary Clooney, cooked ourselves a delicious dinner, and celebrated the new year in style. We ate a lovely, late dinner of london broil, brussels sprouts, and loaded baked potatoes.

What’s the point of dressing up if you can’t take pictures? After dinner we moved out the table and created a little photobooth complete with props. I made the backdrop from tissue paper (very easy, I’ll share a tutorial sometime soon), and Christen brought a bunch of NYE props. What FUN!

We also dressed the dogs up in bows and bow-ties, and they were so exhausted from playing for three days they didn’t care where we placed them:

Then at midnight we cheered and toasted in the new year and watched the ball drop. It was by far the most fun I’ve ever had on New Year’s Eve.

How was your New Year’s? Do you do it big or try to keep things simple?

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  • dotinthecity

    What a fun way to celebrate! We don’t have any NYE traditions, but we did go out this year, thinking it may be our last chance to go out for a while. We had a late dinner with friends at a restaurant our friend was playing live music. It was a group of about 20 of us and we all stayed until midnight :)

  • http://twitter.com/ambergilstrap Amber G.

    The dog pictures kill me! Soooo cute!

  • http://clumsycraftyhappy.blogspot.com Caroline

    So cute! We stayed in this year, cooked with friends, played board games, and offered our critiques of musical acts on various New Year’s Eve specials. One of my best to date! :)

  • http://www.blondeonbudget.wordpress.com/ Blonde on Budget

    sounds like a really great NYE! we started a tradition last year with our friends to have NYE at our place, so we were 6 people, who dressed up, ate a lot of turkey, laughed a lot, and just had a fun night together! It was a lovely evening, especially since we hadnt seen each other since last summer.

  • Mary

    It sounds like a great day to me! This year I had a low key NYE with friends: just appetizers, board games and a little champagne and it was fantastic. Just the right speed for this fellow introvert.