New Years Eve 2013 Party Survival Guide
LIFESTYLE | CULTURE
Often dubbed the biggest night of the year, New Years Eve can be an incredible night to remember or it can go horribly awry. If you think about it, NYE is actually the Ultimate Amateur night out. Millions and millions of people who are unaccustomed to regular drinking will go about the task of consuming copious amounts of alcohol to wash away the previous years regrets and celebrate a fresh start.
The pressure to have a good time is seriously intense. And often, the more ambitious the plans, the bigger the letdown. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little advance preparation and strict adherence to the following 5 tips, you might just make it through the night and give 2013 the jumpstart it so desperately deserves.
1.) Approach the night with the lowest possible expectation.
Yes, you heard that correctly. This is not about being some negative-nancy. This is about the insane over-hype associated with this night that can’t possible be met. Keep those expectations low, and then, even if that midnight kiss never happens and it takes you 2 hours to get a cab in the wee hours of the morning, you’re mentally prepared.
2.) Choose your event wisely.
Say you get invited to a cool party and a kind-of-crappy one. DO NOT try to hit the kind-of-crappy one first as your warm up, with plans to hit the cool one later on. Chances are, with traffic the way it is on this night, you’ll never make it. And even if you do, it may be at capacity by the time you arrive. Pick one great party and stick with it. Unless it’s a house party, expect to pay anywhere from $50-$250 for a ticket. Usually you get what you pay for.
3.) Bring your own booze.
Typically, we’d never suggest you smuggle in your own liquor into a nightclub or bar. It’s just bad form and makes you look cheap. However, on New Years Eve, most venues are so packed to the hilt, that it can be nearly impossible to get a drink. Add to that the fact that since the majority of events are open bar, it’s in the venue or hosts best interest to keep the service slow. Yes, we know you just dropped a Benjamin to hit this party and get in on the all-you-can drink. But on this night, play it safe.
4.) Do NOT call or text your ex.
That most dangerous moment of the evening when that countdown to midnight occurs, beware. If you came single and you’ve yet to strike an understanding with that random person who looks so hot through those beer goggles of yours, please, for the love of God, refrain from whipping out that cell phone. Nothing good happens after midnight on this night. To avoid this fate, plan your night out with a group of friends who will all yell and hug each other at the stroke of 12. Or find the closest warm body and go for the gold.
5.) Never, Ever, Ever make a list of New Year’s Resolutions.
Really, don’t do this. It’s great to have goals to better yourself and all. But unless you are Oprah and need to inspire countless middle age women watching the boob-tube all afternoon, avoid the temptation. You’re better than that. Instead, on January 1st, just kneel down and give thanks that you survived the most dangerous night of the year and lived to tell the tale.