In the past, New Year’s Eve has always been a great excuse to shimmy into a tight dress, slip on a pair of high heels, hit the club, and dance the night away – with a drink in my hand. This year, of course, things are going to be different, considering that I’m pregnant and can’t muster the strength to stay up past 11:00 PM. So when my husband asked me, “What do you want to do this New Year’s Eve?,” I didn’t really know what to say.
While I’m sure many pregnant ladies are more than happy to hit the bars and drive their tipsy friends home, I’d prefer to do something more… well, more sober. While we still haven’t firmed up our plans, here are seven suggestions for an alcohol-free (but fun) New Year’s Eve.
While most movie theaters are open on New Year’s Eve, consider staying in with your partner or a group of friends and having a movie marathon. Set up a popcorn station with different flavor mix-ins (like chocolate candies, nuts, or powdered cheese). Just be sure to switch the movie off at midnight so you can watch the ball drop!
Head out to a comedy club or an improv show and ring the New Year’s in with giggles.
HOST A COOKIE PARTY
Loads of people – even those who like to party on New Year’s Eve – are over the club or bar scene. It’s expensive and crowded. So consider hosting a party at your house instead. Create a fun theme – like a cookie party. While most cookie parties happen before Christmas, there can never be enough cookies! Consider asking guests to bring dozens of pre-baked cookies so everyone can take home a variety of cookie flavors (hand out big Ziploc bags) or have them bring chilled dough and bake the cookies while everyone hangs out.
RUN OR WALK A MIDNIGHT RACE
Many running clubs offer a New Year’s Eve midnight race, and if you’re staying active through pregnant, a chilly 5K jaunt around town might be the perfect way to ring in 2012. Convince a few friends to run or walk the race with you and dress the group up in silly matching costumes, like elves.
Grab a few girlfriends and host a spa night party. Offer face masks, nail painting, and back massage trains (hey, it was cool in 3rd grade!). Create a spa-like atmosphere with low lighting, candles, relaxing music, and trays of bite-sized sandwiches.
Many yoga studios offer New Year’s Eve parties, so if you’re been doing prenatal yoga, consider ringing in 2012 at the studio.
Grab your sweetie and head to a fancy restaurant. Many restaurants offer special New Year’s Eve tasting menus, so come hungry.