I’m not sure where it came from, but New Years Eve has become front-loaded with pressure to make the most out of the night by having a magical evening. Before, I was obsessed with creating my “New Year’s Moment” by midnight. I think it stemmed from being a part of the millennial generation in the year 1999, and the promise of a new millennium was supposed to be a tidal wave of change and possibilities.
Of course in reality, nothing crazy happened. Nor did it happen when the real millennium started in 2001 or 2012 when the world was supposedly coming to an end. Realistically, going out on New Years (or any holiday for that matter) has become more of the same — boozy crowds, overpriced drinks, and heavy traffic. After having to endure a $125-a-person top sirloin prix fixe dinner in an overbooked mid-range restaurant Valentine’s Day 2012, I decided to start my own staying in tradition and I’ve never looked back. So this year, I figured why not start my own New Years staying in tradition?
Let me clarify, staying in does not mean you’re being any less self-indulgent. It just means that you’re still going to tri-eat yourself, but on your own terms. Here’s how we’ll be ringing in 2016.
Brew a giant batch of lemony tea. I found these Buddha hand lemons at Whole Foods the other day, so I’m making tea. Slice one very thinly, and add it to your hot water. Use that water seep some herbal tea (I like camomile or red rooibos) and just let the stress melt away.
Get the BEST take out. If you’re not in the mood for take out, keep in mind Door Dash delivers everywhere now. Lately, we’re obsessed with the Whole Foods deli. Grab one of the fresh squeezed juices while you’re there to make the next item on our list. Tonight is not the time to be busting out your juicer.
Make our NYE Spritzer. One part sparkling moscato, one part blood orange juice, top it with some fresh berries, and BOOM you’re done. (For a kids’ version, I make this one with lemonade instead of moscato).
Stream an old favorite movie. Do yourself a favor, and pick something out to watch in the morning. There’s nothing sadder than ringing in 2016 by spending over an hour thumbing through Netflix’s Top Picks For You menu. Trust me, there’s nothing there. Either have something in mind you already want to watch ahead of time or go to your Amazon Prime Video account that you never use and spring for a rental. It’s New Years.
Whatever you guys end up doing, just make sure to toast to yourself at some point for making it through another year. For us at TTF, it’s been a year of ups and downs (mostly ups) but it’s been an amazing one. Do what’s fun, do what you want, and most importantly, do you. Happy New Year !!!