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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  • 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 :)

  • 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! :)

  • 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.

  • 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.