Here’s the thing, even before I had children, staying up until midnight was no mean feat for me. In college there used to be a joke about me, 11:30, and a flannel nightgown. I’m just not a late night person. As a result, I’m always angling for the early option.
Once I had babies, it became even more appealing. After all, my kids were a mere 10 weeks old on their first New Year’s Eve, and I hadn’t slept through the night since I was 7 months pregnant.
And so, I say, if you’re throwing a new years party and you haven’t slept much or just can’t imagine staying awake just to say you did, you have options.
First, if there are kids around and no babysitter, occupy them. Sierra has some terrific ideas for doing so. Now, for the party:
- The Time Zone Party. If you’re in New York, it’s New Year’s in Paris at, what, 7 o’clock? What better excuse could you possibly have for having a fantastic French meal, at home or out, toasting the new year in the early evening while you’re still feeling fresh and lively. By the time you’re done with dessert, it’ll be 10, you can waltz around the living room and bid the world Bon Nuit. Ditto Rome. Madrid. Kyoto (Omakase!). The world and its time zones is your oyster.
- Set the Clock Back: Just do it in one room. Really. I’m serious. I mean, I know it’s cheesy, but the government resets our clock twice a year, why not you? If you have to see the clock strike 12, put on some lipstick and let it happen in the living room. You can tune into fireworks on YouTube. The year will be new, the night young, and the sleep long.
- Say Yes to Brunch: New Year’s Eve can be a party or it can be a break. If you’re interested in the new years break, then skip the party on the eve and embrace brunch on the day. I dream of having an all day open house with old and new friends dropping by and nibbling away at the pot luck dishes weighing down the dining room table. For that, I’ll have to wait until I have a dining room. For now, some friends will join us for brunch, I’ll make sour cream coffee cake crumble muffins to help with everyone’s healthy eating resolutions, and then we’ll head down to the ice rink in Central Park where we skate almost every weekend. After a good night’s sleep, it’ll be the perfect way to ring in the new year.
So, nu, what are your plans?