New Year&#039;s Eve http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10234/all en-US 8 Fabulous Last-Minute Places to Spend New Year's http://www.wisebread.com/8-fabulous-last-minute-places-to-spend-new-years <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-fabulous-last-minute-places-to-spend-new-years" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/new_years_party_621368754.jpg" alt="Friends attending fabulous New Year&#039;s party" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Still without plans to ring in 2018? It's not too late to book a New Year's Eve getaway. You just need to know where to go. Get in gear for the New Year with these fab-but-affordable destinations that promise plenty of holiday cheer.</p> <h2>1. Durham, North Carolina</h2> <p>Head south to enjoy temperate weather while you give 2017 the kiss-off with a stay at the ultra-stylish and super-chic <a href="http://www.unscriptedhotels.com/" target="_blank">Unscripted Durham Hotel</a>, the rooms at which start at just $169/night for the holiday. New Year's Eve festivities (tickets are $39-$49 per person) include entertainment in the rec-room-style lobby with Champagne and hors d'oeuvres; music by local DJ Guv'nor; and a tarot card reader who'll give you a sneak peek at what's ahead. During your stay, visit the on-premise all-day, a coffee shop/wine bar.</p> <h2>2. Orange, Virginia</h2> <p>Dodge the crowds and cozy up in the quaint town of Orange, Virginia, at the historic <a href="http://holladayhousebandb.com/holiday-packages.html" target="_blank">Holladay House Bed and Breakfast</a> &mdash; it's nearly 190 years old &mdash; where you'll spend an elegant New Year's Eve just like our ancestors did. Well, sort of. Reservations will be made on your behalf at one of six local restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious dinner before watching the ball drop and tucking yourself in for a restful night's sleep. You can take your time in the morning since breakfast hours will be extended and checkout isn't until noon. If you plan a three-night stay, you can score 25 percent off the third night with code HOLIDAY25 at checkout, bringing the grand total to around $500. Pretty good price to crash just a few miles away from James and Dolley Madison's Montpelier home, which you should definitely visit while you're in town.</p> <h2>3. Minneapolis, Minnesota</h2> <p>Wanna get hygge with it? Pronounced hoo-guh, hygge is a Scandinavian concept that embodies coziness and contentment, and there's no better place to hand over the holiday reins in that regard than in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, where you'll find hygge virtually everywhere. Sip hot cocoa at a ski lodge, bask in the glow of a fireplace at a bed-and-breakfast, snowshoe by candlelight, gaze upon the majestic Northern Lights, and thaw out at one of the local spas &mdash; all to your wallet's delight. In fact, many outdoor activities are free or inexpensive (11 state parks across Minnesota are <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/winter_hiking.html" target="_blank">hosting free, guided First Day Hikes</a> to kick off 2018), and nearby resorts and lodges offer prime deals during winter months, including New Year's Eve.</p> <h2>4. Las Vegas, Nevada</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/vegas_new_years_459253345.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>You won't need to buy tickets to a fancy party if you're spending the last night of 2017 in Sin City. Everybody pours out of the casinos onto the Strip to watch the choreographed fireworks display while throwin' a few back (sidewalk drinks are legal in Vegas, y'all!), and you can score incredible deals like $163 a night at the 3.5-star rated Stratosphere hotel, available on value-hotel search site <a href="https://www.goseek.com/" target="_blank">GoSeek.com</a>.</p> <h2>5. Shenandoah Valley</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/shenendoah_caves_145842228.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Bring a big group or plan a private New Year's getaway with your S.O. with the help of <a href="http://www.allstarlodging.com/" target="_blank">Allstar Lodging</a> in the Shenandoah Valley, which offers rental cabins, cottages, and vacation homes close to lots of attractions, including Luray Caverns, George Washington National Forest, Shenandoah River State Park, and a wealth of outdoor activities, like hiking, horseback riding, snow skiing, and tubing. Couples can cop a comfy cabin starting at $125 per night, but if you make it a family or buddies' weekend rates can dip as low $50 per person for larger groups.</p> <h2>6. New Orleans, Louisiana</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/new_orleans_new_years_635932080.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The <a href="https://www.windsorcourthotel.com/" target="_blank">Papa Noel package at New Orleans' Windsor Court</a> offers guests up to 20 percent off the best available rate (rates start at $188) from now to January 6. Guests can ring in 2018 at The Grill Room as its masterful culinary team presents a festive four-course meal to kick off the celebration. For $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity, guests can choose from delectable menu items such as poached lobster, rack of lamb, and cranberry bread pudding. After dinner, stop by the Polo Club Lounge to enjoy live jazz and a selection of fresh-start Champagne while watching the ball drop.</p> <h2>7. Glenwood Springs, Colorado</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/glenwood_springs_resort_623374660.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Make your New Year's festivities a wet-and-wild, budget-friendly family affair in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, where the <a href="http://www.hotspringspool.com/news/celebrate-new-year%E2%80%99s-eve-glenwood-hot-springs" target="_blank">Glenwood Springs Athletic Club</a> will stay open until 1 a.m. to usher in 2018. The alcohol-free event will feature a handstand contest and ping-pong scramble at 7 p.m. followed by dive and cannonball contests at 8 p.m. Other activities will include a noodle relay, Marco Polo, crocodile wrestling (not with real crocodiles) and a friendly game of sharks and minnows. As the clock approaches midnight, pool staff will hand out party favors and noisemakers. Kids younger than age 12 ski free with the Ski, Swim, Stay package at <a href="http://sunlightmtn.com/" target="_blank">Sunlight Mountain Resort</a>; the bundle includes a lift ticket to Sunlight Mountain resort, admission to the world-famous Glenwood Hot Springs pool, and overnight accommodations at one of the participating lodges in town where offers start as low as $99 per night.</p> <h2>8. Michigan City, Indiana</h2> <p>You won't have to lift a finger during your stay at the peaceful <a href="https://www.serenity-springs.com/rates-and-packages/" target="_blank">Serenity Springs</a> woodland oasis, which &mdash; for about $600 total for the weekend &mdash; includes a full-service stay in a secluded cabin. Amenities include a butler door with light switches that indicate when service has been delivered to your cabin (food, fun surprises); carriage rides, which are available to and from your cabin upon check-in and check-out, and for any other outings you'd like to take; heated floors; fireplaces; in-cabin massages; candlelit dinners in your cabin with food from local restaurants; and personal outdoor fire pits for getting all snuggly under the covers.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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I should've known better this time. Because when I posed the question, &quot;What are some of your reasons to look forward to 2017?&quot; I received responses like, &quot;The apocalypse&quot; and &quot;Trump's impeachment.&quot;</p> <p>I digress.</p> <p>Rest assured, however, that I didn't take their advice. Instead, I'm including only positive entries, devoid of partisan politics, because that's what we all need right now &mdash; hope, happiness, and the pursuit of anything that isn't 2016. Yep, it was a terrible year by most accounts, but it's almost out of here. So let's rejoice and look to the future. Here are some awesome things to get excited about in 2017. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-personal-finance-resolutions-anyone-can-master?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Personal Finance Resolutions Anyone Can Master</a>)</p> <h2>1. It's Not an Election Year!</h2> <p>I don't know about you, but I was tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump around March. Of course, the vitriol surrounding the election didn't get much better as the months passed &mdash; or even after Trump was elected. In fact, it seemed to get worse. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, though, that people on social media have expunged all the frustration sufficiently over the past two months, and are now committed to concentrating on more important things next year. If not, I think I'll have to hit the block button.</p> <h2>2. Lots of New Movies and Music</h2> <p>Each New Year brings 12 months of new-release movies and music. What are you looking forward to this year? Personally, I'm ramped up about AMC Theatres' Best Picture Showcase in February, a two-day event that I've attended the past several years to watch all of the Oscar-nominated films back to back before the Oscars. I purposefully avoid any film that has Oscar buzz so I can enjoy the fest in its entirety. I highly recommend checking it out. Looking ahead, I'm lining up for sure-to-be blockbuster films like <em>The LEGO Batman Movie</em>, <em>Alien: Covenant</em>, and <em>Baywatch</em>, along with some of the sleeper hits that will inevitably go viral. As for music, I'm preparing my iTunes for album releases by Tinie Tempah, Fergie, Iggy Azalea, Major Lazer, and more.</p> <h2>3. Paying Down Your Debt</h2> <p>Have you been <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fastest-way-to-pay-off-10000-in-credit-card-debt?ref=internal" target="_blank">paying your debt down</a> consistently to a more manageable amount in 2016? Make this the year that you completely obliterate it. If you've been putting it off, attack it aggressively to unburden yourself. You'll be thankful you did. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-pay-off-high-interest-credit-card-debt?ref=seealso">5 Ways to Pay Off High Interest Debt</a>)</p> <h2>4. More Affordable Taxes</h2> <p><a href="http://fortune.com/2016/12/12/donald-trump-tax-plan-charts/" target="_blank">President-Elect Trump's tax plan</a> gives most Americans a break on what they're currently paying, according to Fortune. His simplified tax code turns seven brackets into three and raises the threshold at which workers begin to pay income tax. In addition, many married couples will see their taxes reduced substantially. Something to look forward to if the new tax code falls in your favor.</p> <h2>5. The Release of the 10th Anniversary iPhone</h2> <p>Can you believe it's been nearly a decade since the iPhone single-handedly revolutionized the way we use mobile devices? For its 10th anniversary, expect a big reveal and, likely, a completely new design. Rumored features include a glass body, edge-to-edge OLED display with an integrated Touch ID fingerprint sensor, plus a game changer or two, like wireless charging.</p> <h2>6. Summertime</h2> <p>I live by the beach, and my favorite season is summer. I love everything about it &mdash; exercising outside, walking the boardwalk, visiting amusement parks, grilling in the backyard. I'm getting excited just thinking about it! Have you started thinking of your summer plans yet? If you plan to travel, winter is a great time to score deals on future getaways.</p> <h2>7. The World Expo</h2> <p>After taking a couple years off, <a href="https://expo2017astana.com/en/" target="_blank">World Expo 2017</a> will commence on June 10 in Astana, Kazakhstan, with the theme &quot;Energy of the Future.&quot; Thus far, 101 countries are participating.</p> <h2>8. A Total Solar Eclipse</h2> <p>A total solar eclipse will take place on Monday, Aug. 21. It will be the first solar eclipse visible from the United States since July 11, 1991, which was seen only from part of Hawaii. The longest duration of the eclipse will be two minutes 41.6 seconds, with the best viewing in Carbondale, Illinois. Just don't look directly at it, okay?</p> <h2>9. Your Vacation</h2> <p>Do you have a vacay on the books? Start planning where you'll stay and all the fun activities you want to do. It takes me hours and hours of planning to create an amazing vacation. I'm big on activities to create memories, and I like to compare prices and search for discounts to get the best deals. Happy hunting!</p> <h2>10. Making at Least One New Friend</h2> <p>I make several new friends a year &mdash; I actually set it as a goal &mdash; because I like to keep my social life active and interesting. Broaden your horizons by joining a social sports group, signing up for fitness classes, taking an art or music lesson, or becoming a member of a group that interests you.</p> <h2>11. Learning Something New</h2> <p>I'm sure you'll learn plenty of new things this year, but you have to make a conscious effort to learn anything important, like a new skill or a more efficient way to do something that takes up time or money. Decide what you want to learn and make it happen.</p> <h2>12. The First Human Head Transplant</h2> <p>Despite how you may feel about it, the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/world/asia/china-body-transplant.html" target="_blank">first human head transplant</a> will likely be performed this year. Italian neuroscientist Dr. Sergio Canavero and Chinese surgeon Dr. Xiaoping Ren are expected to remove the head of a Russian man named Valery Spiridonov who suffers from Werdnig-Hoffman Disease, and reattach it to a donor body. The procedure is dogged by controversy, but if it's a success, it will go down in history as the most important medical advancement thus far.</p> <h2>13. <em>Stranger Things</em> Season 2 Is Coming</h2> <p>If you were a fan of the Duffer Brothers' love-letter supernatural series to the 1980s, you'll be happy to know that a nine-episode second season of <em>Stranger Things</em> will be released on Netflix in 2017. The new narrative will take place about a year after the first season's events and will explore the &quot;bigger mythology&quot; of Will's disappearance.</p> <h2>14. Carving Out More &quot;Me&quot; Time</h2> <p>Seriously, give yourself a break. See more movies by yourself, take a nap every once in awhile, go grab a cup of coffee, and read a book or magazine in the café. Just love yourself more often. You deserve it.</p> <h2>15. Adding a New Revenue Source to Your Income</h2> <p>I live by the philosophy that you should always have two sources of income. I truly believe it's the only way you'll get ahead in life, especially if you like to do things like go out to dinner or on vacation. In addition to a full-time career, I supplement my income by watching other people's pets via DogVacay, renting out my homes on Airbnb, and <a href="https://uber.7eer.net/c/27771/207645/3437?sharedid=000_wisebread.com">driving people around town with Uber</a> and Lyft. There are many, many ways that are not limited to my suggestions that you can put more money in the bank this year.</p> <h2>16. Finding Joy</h2> <p>We live in a world of negativity, it seems. Everywhere we turn, it's bad news. But that's perhaps because we're actually looking for the bad news, like on social media where all people seem to do is complain about things they can't change and otherwise lament their lives. Shun that mentality this year and find joy for yourself. Maybe that means taking a social media hiatus, but do whatever you've got to do. There's still happiness left in the world, if you know where to look.</p> <h2>17. Committing to a Healthy and Productive Lifestyle</h2> <p>Go to bed early and wake up earlier. Stay on track with your fitness. Drink water and eat healthy. Do these three things for yourself and I promise you that so many other things will start to fall into place. Just stick to it and you'll see the results. I promise.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-reasons-to-look-forward-to-2017">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-87-frugal-ways-to-make-winter-less-miserable">Flashback Friday: 87 Frugal Ways to Make Winter Less Miserable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-76-new-years-resolutions-thatll-make-2017-your-year">Flashback Friday: 76 New Year&#039;s Resolutions That&#039;ll Make 2017 Your Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-to-keep-new-years-resolutions-that-really-pay-off">15 Easy to Keep New Year&#039;s Resolutions That Really Pay Off</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store">Flashback Friday: The 81 Best Tips for Saving Big at the Grocery Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-money-off-of-your-new-years-resolutions">7 Ways to Make Money Off of Your New Year&#039;s Resolutions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Budgeting 2016 2017 fitness Health new year new you New Year's New Year's Eve new year's resolutions Fri, 30 Dec 2016 10:00:14 +0000 Mikey Rox 1865096 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 of the Most Costly New Year's Eve Parties Ever http://www.wisebread.com/8-of-the-most-costly-new-years-eve-parties-ever <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-of-the-most-costly-new-years-eve-parties-ever" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young-people-party-Dollarphotoclub_52499954.jpg" alt="young people party" title="young people party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Well, it's 2015. And for many of us, looking at the credit card receipts is a nasty reminder of how much the holiday season actually cost us. In particular, New Year's Eve is often a very pricey affair. Many clubs and bars know they can charge a small fortune &mdash; and people will pay it. From the cover, to bottle service and appetizers, you can ring in the New Year with an empty wallet and an IOU.</p> <p>But if you feel bad about what you spent on New Year's Eve, you should see what some people have spent in the past. With that in mind, here are eight of the most expensive New Year's Eve parties ever held.</p> <h2>1. Roman Abramovich's Bash &mdash; $7.6 Million</h2> <p>In 2010, the Russian oligarch decided to <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/centralamericaandthecaribbean/stbartsfrenchantilles/8987717/Secrets-of-Roman-Abramovichs-5m-New-Years-Eve-bash.html">throw quite the party</a> at his $90 million estate. He booked the Red Hot Chili Peppers to provide the music for the evening. Most guests stayed on board his 536 foot super-yacht <em>Eclipse</em>, while others got the 377 foot yacht <em>Luna</em>. Supposedly, guests included George Lucas, Marc Jacobs, Jon Bon Jovi, and Jimmy Choo. There was plenty of caviar and sushi to go around. And it was all washed down with Cristal and Ruinart champagne. Of course, you and I had about as much chance of being on that guest list as we do of winning the lottery.</p> <h2>2. Hakkasan Las Vegas Bottle Service &mdash; $500,000&nbsp;</h2> <p>Touted as 2014's &quot;Most Expensive Bottle Service in the World&quot; (and yes, to some that is a selling point), the Hakkasan asked for <a href="http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2013/05/armand-de-brignac-launches-500k-dynastie/">half a million dollars</a> for bottle service. But of course, this aptly named &quot;Dynastie Package&quot; was no ordinary service. A staff of 40 was there to wait on you and your friends hand and foot. You were served the finest champagne, including the 30-liter Midas by Armand de Brignac. You also received diamond jewelry, a gold disc signed by DJ Calvin Harris, and a custom made UFC belt. That's value for money right there!</p> <h2>3. New Year's Eve Twice in One Night &mdash; $210,000</h2> <p>Most people think one New Year's Eve party is enough. But a company called Private Fly thought they could go one better, and <a href="http://www.privatefly.com/press-releases/celebrate-new-years-eve-twice-in-one-night.html">offer the New Year twice</a>. For $210,000, or $14,000 per person, you start your New Year at 8 p.m. &mdash; in Sydney, Australia. Once you've seen in the New Year in style, at the Sydney Opera House, you and the crew board a private jet and fly back across the time zones to Los Angeles. Then, you do it all over again! This is not a party for those without stamina&hellip; or a massive amount of money. Of course, you could always take out a loan, and have a story to impress people for years to come.</p> <h2>4. Dr. Stephen Greenberg's Plastic Surgery Event &mdash; $100,000</h2> <p>You really can't make this stuff up. In 2009, a plastic surgeon by the name of Dr. Stephen Greenberg decided to announce the &quot;<a href="http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Boobs-Brody-and-the-Beach-An-Expensive-New-Years-in-Miami-80207032.html">Nation's Most Expensive New Year's Eve Package</a>.&quot; For $100k, you got three tables for concerts by Lady Gaga, John Legend, and Brody Jenner (umm, yay?). You received first class round trip tickets from New York to Miami, with a choice of penthouses at five-star hotels in South Beach&hellip; for a month! And to top it all, the ladies got free boobs! That's right, breast augmentation was included in the package, with a 24-hour nurse, unlimited spa treatments, and a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce. Talk about bang for your buck.</p> <h2>5. Cameo Nightclub, Miami 2013 &mdash; $100,000</h2> <p>This one doesn't seem anywhere near the bargain of Dr. Greenberg's bash. No free plastic surgery or month-long stays in five-star hotels. What you got for your $100k was a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wantickets.com/Events/144199/-LIL-WAYNE-NYE-Celebration-at-CAMEO-Nightclub-3-Hr-Open-Bar/">VIP package</a> that included a night at a recording studio with rap superstar Lil Wayne and four of your friends, 50 bottles of Rose Champagne, 10 bottles of GT Vodka, 10 bottles of Patron, and five bottles of Hennessy VS. Of course, the price of the liquor retail is a fraction of the price of admission, so this was really more about status; and Lil Wayne, of course. Oh, and the price did not include the $6,000 service fee!</p> <h2>6. Gansevoort Turks &amp; Caicos &mdash; $100,000</h2> <p>A hundred-thousand seems to be a popular price point for the rich on New Year's Eve. This event in 2011, however, was not for a crowd; it was for just two people, coming in at <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/the-100000-new-years-eve-for-2012-2011-12">$50,000 per head</a>. For that money, you got the royal treatment. The pampering included private jet service, an oceanfront penthouse suite, a personal chef, conch diving, VIP pool service, spa treatments, cashmere blankets, and a whole lot more. For $50k, it should have included a car. Each.</p> <h2>7. The Fountainbleu Hotel, Miami &mdash; $25,000</h2> <p>This was back in 2011, and for the money you got a lot. Actually, not really. You got to party poolside with four Magnums of Belvedere Vodka (under $80 a bottle retail), four Magnums of Dom Perignon (about $150 a bottle retail on the low end) and Tiesto was the DJ. Seems a whole lot of money for some cheap booze and a bit of dance music. But the event was extremely successful.</p> <h2>8. R Lounge, Times Square &mdash; $17,000</h2> <p>That&nbsp;price was for four people, so two couples were really &quot;only&quot; <a href="http://rloungetimessquare.com/newyearseve/eventdetails.html">paying $8,500 each</a>. The price was supposedly so high because you got a fabulous view of the ball dropping. Your ticket included a meet and greet in the Cosmopolitan Room, hors d'oeuvres and dinner, sweets, gift bags, and a butler-passed breakfast. The event also included an open bar, but if you were planning to stagger back to the hotel afterwards, you had to pay even more for a room. That would set you back an additional $1,400, as the lowest priced rooms were $699 with a two-night minimum. Ouch.</p> <p><em>How much did your New Year's Eve set you back?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-of-the-most-costly-new-years-eve-parties-ever">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-a-great-new-years-eve-party-for-cheap">How to Host a Great New Year&#039;s Eve Party for Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-frugal-non-depressing-ways-to-spend-nye">5 Frugal, Non-Depressing Ways to Spend NYE</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-fabulous-last-minute-places-to-spend-new-years">8 Fabulous Last-Minute Places to Spend New Year&#039;s</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-host-an-oktoberfest-party-on-the-cheap">16 Ways to Host an Oktoberfest Party on the Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-cheap-party-games-you-didnt-know-about">5 Fun, Cheap Party Games You Didn&#039;t Know About</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment expensive parties New Year's Eve parties Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:00:08 +0000 Paul Michael 1278543 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Host a Great New Year's Eve Party for Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-a-great-new-years-eve-party-for-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-host-a-great-new-years-eve-party-for-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000010753226_Large.jpg" alt="new year&#039;s eve party" title="new year&#039;s eve party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hands down, New Year's Eve is my favorite holiday &mdash; and I've thrown some parties, y'all. Some of them have been major blowouts while others have been small gatherings. Personally, I prefer the intimate shindigs &mdash; and so does my wallet. If that's your goal this year &mdash; and it should be &mdash; this post is for you. Out with the old, in with the new, as they say. And here are several ways to shave a few bucks off the bill while you're at it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/class-without-tons-of-cash-frugal-cocktail-party-ideas?ref=seealso">Class Without Tons of Cash: Frugal Cocktail Party Ideas</a>)</p> <h2>1. Limit the Guest List to a Friendly Few</h2> <p>Sure, it's fun to invite all your friends and their friends and their friends' friends to your New Year's Eve party, but it requires a massive budget; that's a lot of mouths to feed, after all. In reality, every name on your guest list is a dollar sign, and the tighter you keep it, the less you'll have to spend. So instead of inviting the whole neighborhood and the next town over to your soiree, extend an invitation only to those few friends with whom you enjoy spending time and who are totally okay with a run-of-the-mill, at-least-we're-together, end-of-the-year celebration. You'll have a better time entertaining seven people instead of running around trying to please 70.</p> <h2>2. Repurpose Your Christmas Decorations</h2> <p>You don't have to run out to the party store for New Year's Eve decorations if you already have Christmas swag. You can keep your holiday house like it is &mdash; less hassle; still festive &mdash; but if you want to give it a different look, get creative and repurpose your existing decorations. Instead of tons of color, concentrate on a simplified palate &mdash; think white, silver and gold &mdash; and decorate accordingly. Store the Santas for this fete and focus more on the seasonal aspect of the celebration and you're good to go.</p> <h2>3. Shop for Snacks in the Seasonal Section</h2> <p>The day after Christmas everything holiday related goes on sale &mdash; and that includes any food items in festive packaging. In the first few days after December 25th, you can expect at least 40% to 50% off, but if you wait until a day or two before New Year's Eve, you can probably score a greater discount. Normally I'd tell you that if you want the pick of the litter, it's ideal to scoop up the deals early (like right away), but that only applies to decorations and other Christmas paraphernalia. Festively packaged food items, on the other hand, tend to stick around until the very end of the post-holiday purge. Time your trip just right and you can feed your friends an incredible array of snacks for anywhere from 50% to 90% off the regular retail price. If that's not winning, I don't what is.</p> <h2>4. Cut Back on the Booze Selections</h2> <p>You and your friends will probably want to drink on New Year's Eve, and it's easy to bust your budget on buying enough alcohol to satiate their thirst. The first thing you need to keep in mind is that you don't have to provide enough booze to get everyone blitzed out of their mind; you're not throwing a party at the Playboy Mansion. Secondly, what you serve is up to you &mdash; not them &mdash; so whatever you provide is at your discretion.</p> <p>I've found that a great middle ground is to offer beer and wine (domestic light beer and cheap bottles of wine are fine; I prefer Miller Lite and Barefoot, respectively), but if you want to offer liquor, I recommend creating a signature drink that reduces the number of bottles you'll have to buy while at the same time giving your party a personal touch. You also can give your guests the option of bringing their own booze. I always let my guests know what I'll have on hand and leave it up to them to bring a beverage of their choice if what I'm serving isn't exactly their favorite. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-tasty-two-ingredient-cocktails?ref=seealso">20 Tasty Two Ingredient Cocktails</a>)</p> <h2>5. Skip the Full Meal and Serve Apps Instead</h2> <p>It's not cheap to feed a crowd these days, which is why you should forget about slaving over a hot stove to make a full-blown feast for your New Year's Eve guests. In addition to the deeply discounted snacks you scored, a selection of hot appetizers will suffice &mdash; and you can still totally pull off quantity <em>and</em> quality in this regard. Shop the warehouse clubs for party-size platters and frozen snacks that you can pop in the oven. Pizza also is a filling-but-affordable crowd pleaser. You can really save some dough by picking up premade crusts, sauce, and cheese &mdash; you can make about six pizzas for under $20 if you shop smartly &mdash; that'll put smiles on everybody's faces.</p> <h2>6. Hack Your Way to Delicious Desserts</h2> <p>Every New Year's Eve party needs some sweet stuff, but you can go over budget very quickly if you're not careful. To throw a party for under $100, you need to avoid premade, store-bought desserts all together. That means alternatively you'll need to put on an apron and get in the kitchen, and even if that's not your strong suit, you can churn out a few crowd-pleasers. Jell-O &mdash; both the gelatin and pudding &mdash; is cheap in the box, and you can use either one of those treats as a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jello.com/recipes/">base for all kinds desserts</a>. If you want to get a little fancier (still without spending much), try this&nbsp;recipe for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kingshawaiian.com/recipes/kings-hawaiian-cream-puffs/">easy-breezy cream puffs</a>.</p> <h2>7. Turn on the TV and Break Out the Board Games</h2> <p>Usually I'd tell you to turn off the TV when hosting a party, but New Year's Eve is an exception to that rule. Whether you're a traditionalist who likes to ring in January 1st with New Year's Rockin' Eve or a glutton for punishment with Anderson and Kathy, you'll find hours of festive entertainment that that'll not only provide a bit of background noise but also start a few conversations. Bring out some of your favorite board games too (you don't want guests occupied solely by the TV) for a few rounds of friendly competition. All this fun is for free.</p> <h2>8. Ask Your Guests to Bring a Bottle of Bubbly</h2> <p>In addition to limiting the booze selection you're offering, you may want to consider asking your guests to bring a bottle of bubbly. Most attendees will bring a host gift anyway, but by asking specifically for champagne you'll have more room in your budget for food, and it'll ensure that there's plenty of variety when it's time to clink glasses. Salud!</p> <p><em>Do you have more ideas on how to host a New Year's Eve party for cheap? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-a-great-new-years-eve-party-for-cheap">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-fabulous-last-minute-places-to-spend-new-years">8 Fabulous Last-Minute Places to Spend New Year&#039;s</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-frugal-non-depressing-ways-to-spend-nye">5 Frugal, Non-Depressing Ways to Spend NYE</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-of-the-most-costly-new-years-eve-parties-ever">8 of the Most Costly New Year&#039;s Eve Parties Ever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-cheap-party-games-you-didnt-know-about">5 Fun, Cheap Party Games You Didn&#039;t Know About</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-be-the-host-with-the-most-and-spend-the-least">How to Be the Host With the Most and Spend the Least</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment cocktails hosting New Year's New Year's Eve parties Sat, 27 Dec 2014 10:00:15 +0000 Mikey Rox 1273736 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Frugal, Non-Depressing Ways to Spend NYE http://www.wisebread.com/5-frugal-non-depressing-ways-to-spend-nye <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-frugal-non-depressing-ways-to-spend-nye" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000031976168_XXXLarge.jpg" alt="new year&#039;s eve party" title="new year&#039;s eve party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>New Year's Eve can be a dreaded holiday for both singles and frugal families. We all have friends who are jetting off to Vegas or going to the hottest boutique hotel's $250-a-head bash, but you don't have to!</p> <p>Here are five frugal, non-depressing ways to spend NYE:</p> <h2>1. Host a Champagne Potluck</h2> <p>This is a fun and less spendy way to host your own NYE party. Simply get those delicious and cheap hors d'oeuvres from Trader Joe's, or make your own cheap-to-make&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-easy-and-impressive-frozen-puff-pastry-recipes">puff pastry treats</a>. Each person you invite brings different a type of bubbly: champagne, cava, prosecco, sparkling rose, anything. Have a tasting party right up until the ball drops! And the best part? Lots of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-use-up-leftover-champagne">leftover champagne</a> for you!</p> <h2>2. Play a New Year's Eve Movie Marathon</h2> <p>Looking for a more casual way to host? Get all your pals together and marathon some favorite movies that feature New Year's Eve, like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00003CXD3/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00003CXD3&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=HVL4ARQQWXQXYONT">Trading Places</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00003CXDC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00003CXDC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=SN2OIUAUA2MV2OAT">When Harry Met Sally</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000TS5CJW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000TS5CJW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MNLIR6DOU63DGTSB">Sleepless In Seattle</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0141000198/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0141000198&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XOGC4BKFMGGW5FX7">Bridget Jones' Diary</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000053VB0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000053VB0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=OVJ2OUS3VCFRD3DO">The Cutting Edge</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/6305511020/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=6305511020&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=B7LIAQN6BEKY4L3T">200 Cigarettes</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005JL7Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00005JL7Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=DSRZAICKWK3NWBVD">About a Boy</a>, and more. Have fun drinking and heckling the movies together. Bonus: time one of the viewings to match up with the actual midnight countdown.</p> <h2>3. Attend Your City's Free Celebration</h2> <p>If you live in or near a major city, find out if your city has a &quot;first night&quot; or another kind of NYE celebration. For example, Los Angeles has a well-known <a href="http://grandparkla.org/ai1ec_event/new-years-eve-la/">free celebration</a> that attracts thousands. Simply Google &quot;NYE celebration [your city].&quot; Take a lyft or public transit to the event (because parking will be a nightmare) and have fun! Have a family? This is might be your most cost effective option. Single? Bring a wingman/woman with you for maximum fun.</p> <h2>4. Hit the Ice Skating Rink</h2> <p>This is a great way to have fun with other people without dealing with public drunkenness. Bring your family or invite some friends to a fun winter tradition like ice skating, another great <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-fun-winter-staycation-ideas">winter staycation trick</a>. If you don't live near an ice rink, try a classic roller skating rink instead! The per-person cost is similar to bowling, which is also very frugal.</p> <h2>5. See the Stars</h2> <p>Tired of the crowds, stress, and faux-glitz of New Year's Eve? Take a friend and hit the road to the nearest place away from the city, where you can see the stars. There's even a <a href="http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/meteor-shower/quadrantids.html">meteor shower happening</a> during NYE. Bring your own treats, refreshments, blankets, and camp out. Reflect on the past year and discuss your goals for next year. Have your own countdown to midnight with sparklers and a thermos toast. It will be a special, quiet NYE you won't forget.</p> <p><em>How will you be spending NYE?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-frugal-non-depressing-ways-to-spend-nye">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-host-an-oktoberfest-party-on-the-cheap">16 Ways to Host an Oktoberfest Party on the Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-fun-nights-out-for-5-or-less">15 Fun Nights Out for $5 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-of-the-most-costly-new-years-eve-parties-ever">8 of the Most Costly New Year&#039;s Eve Parties Ever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-thanksgiving-in-a-tiny-apartment">How to Host Thanksgiving in a Tiny Apartment</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-a-great-new-years-eve-party-for-cheap">How to Host a Great New Year&#039;s Eve Party for Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment cheap fun entertaining New Year's Eve new years parties Fri, 26 Dec 2014 12:00:11 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1272451 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 Dos and Don'ts to Ensure a Happy New Year's Eve http://www.wisebread.com/17-dos-and-donts-to-ensure-a-happy-new-years-eve <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/17-dos-and-donts-to-ensure-a-happy-new-years-eve" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_new_year2.jpg" alt="Woman celebrating 2011" title="Woman celebrating 2011" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="150" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Without proper planning, New Year&rsquo;s Eve can turn into one of the worst nights of your entire year &mdash; before the year even begins.</p> <p>I speak from experience. I&rsquo;ve had my fair share of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lessons-learned-from-new-years-eves-gone-wrong">New Year&rsquo;s Eve disasters</a> over the years.</p> <p>This year, though, my husband and I will celebrate the holiday quietly indoors. We&rsquo;ll be in front of the TV, stuffing our faces with pizza, ice cream, and champagne, while cuddling on the couch and flipping between Anderson, Carson, and Ryan&rsquo;s annual broadcasts. Totally not sad about it either. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-fun-winter-staycation-ideas">14 Fun Winter Staycation Ideas</a>)</p> <p>But just because we&rsquo;re old, married, and boring doesn&rsquo;t mean you have to follow suit. In fact, I encourage you to get out there to shake things up and watch the ball drop the way that it&rsquo;s meant to be watched &mdash; with a huge smile on your face and an impending hangover.</p> <p>Before you say hello to 2012, however, there are a few dos and don&rsquo;ts of New Year&rsquo;s Eve (every one of them tried and true) that you should put on your checklist.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Do: Eat a Satisfying Meal Before You Head Out</h3> <p>Even if the party you&rsquo;re attending promises food, try to eat at least a small meal before starting your evening. Some parties can last six hours or longer, so it&rsquo;s best to arrive with something in your stomach. Also, it could be the case that when you arrive at your destination you don&rsquo;t like what&rsquo;s on the menu. That will leave you hungry and ill prepared for the alcohol you may consume. If you&rsquo;re carrying a purse, pack some snacks for good measure.</p> <h3>Do: Fully Charge Your Cell Phone</h3> <p>Make sure that you have a full battery before you leave the house for the night. Between checking in at locations on Foursquare, updating your Facebook status, and texting your friends and family Happy New Year&rsquo;s greetings throughout the night, your battery will be working overtime. You want your phone to work if you really need it later, like to call a cab or someone else to pick you up if you can&rsquo;t make it home on your own.</p> <h3>Do: Remember Your House Keys</h3> <p>You don&rsquo;t have to bring the whole ring &mdash; that just provides you with more stuff to lose in your stupor. Instead, take off only the house key(s) and put them somewhere safe &mdash; either on your body or in a hiding place outside the door for easy access when you stumble in.</p> <h3>Do: Know Your Game Plan</h3> <p>One of the worst decisions you can make on New Year&rsquo;s Eve is to play the night by ear. It will never work out in your favor. You&rsquo;ll encounter long lines and cover charges most places you go, and some establishments won&rsquo;t let you in if you haven&rsquo;t pre-purchased your tickets in advance. Do some research beforehand, and decide where you want to spend the night. You&rsquo;ll have a lot more fun when you know what to expect opposed to being blindsided a couple hours before the clocks strikes 12 with nowhere else to go.</p> <h3>Do: Ensure That You Have a Safe Ride Home</h3> <p>If you can find a DD on New Year&rsquo;s Eve, more power to you &mdash; but not many people are willing to follow a bunch of drunks around for hours just to drive them home at the end of the night. If you live in a reasonably large city, you can rely on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-reasons-why-i-love-public-transportation">public transportation</a> and taxis, and in some places free cabs are available; to find the latter, do a Google search with your city&rsquo;s name.</p> <h3>Do: Carry Cash, Credit, and Identification</h3> <p>You should never rely on only a check or credit card on a big night out for several reasons:</p> <ol> <li>Bouncers never accept credit cards for entry</li> <li>Some bars accept cash only for drinks (yes, even in 2012)</li> <li>If your card is denied at any point, you&rsquo;ll be out of luck</li> <li>It&rsquo;s easy to leave your tab at a bar without closing it or otherwise misplace a card when you&rsquo;ve been drinking.</li> </ol> <p>Your best bet is to carry a card (maybe two) and cash along with your ID.</p> <h3>Do: Drink Water Throughout the Evening</h3> <p>They say that the best way to prevent a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-list-of-hangover-cures">hangover</a> is to drink a glass of water for every drink you consume. Nobody ever listens to that logic since it&rsquo;ll have you in the bathroom relieving yourself half the night. Rather, be conscious of how much alcohol you&rsquo;re consuming and cut it with a bottle of water every couple of drinks.</p> <h3>Do: Know Your Limits</h3> <p>New Year&rsquo;s Eve is not a competition to see which idiot can drink the most. Or maybe it is, but that comes with severe consequences, like impaired judgment, severe vomiting, alcohol poisoning, and lots of other nasty side effects that can be avoided if you know when enough is enough.</p> <h3>Do: Dress Warmly</h3> <p>I know so many people who don&rsquo;t want to take away from their outfit by covering it up with winter gear, but those same people are the first ones to complain when they&rsquo;re standing in line outside the club for 30 minutes and freezing their bums off. Bundle up &mdash; it will probably be cold out. You can take it all off when you get inside.</p> <h3>Don&rsquo;t: Leave Your Drinks or Personal Belongings Unattended</h3> <p>Want your night ruined in a flash? Leave your purse lying around so it can get swiped or your drink unattended so it can be spiked. None of these despicable acts are your fault, but they can be prevented by closely guarding what&rsquo;s yours.</p> <h3>Don&rsquo;t: Yell at the Bouncers</h3> <p>If the bouncer doesn&rsquo;t let you into the party, it&rsquo;s probably for a good reason &mdash; it&rsquo;s at max capacity, you don&rsquo;t have the money, or you're visibly inebriated. Screaming and throwing a fit, demanding that he let you in isn&rsquo;t going to help. But it might just get you thrown in the back of a cop car a little faster.</p> <h3>Don&rsquo;t: Rely on Anyone but Yourself</h3> <p>You have the best friends in the world &mdash; we all do. But crazy things happen when everyone lets loose at the same time with no voice of reason to keep the situation under control. Be sure to have a back-up plan in case the night goes awry.</p> <h3>Don&rsquo;t: Leave and Forget to Tell Your Friends About It</h3> <p>How many times has this happened to you? One time a &ldquo;friend&rdquo; of mine left me at a nightclub without saying a word. I texted her several times before going to bed and called her several times the next day. She didn&rsquo;t return my calls until 5 p.m., at which point I was not only scared for her safety but also extremely mad. Save your friends some grief and try to stick with them.</p> <h3>Don&rsquo;t: Let the Unexpected Ruin Your New Year&rsquo;s Eve</h3> <p>Take it from me &mdash; what can go wrong sometimes will go wrong on New Year&rsquo;s Eve. You build this night up in your mind all year long and you want it to go off without a hitch, but that&rsquo;s not always the reality. I&rsquo;ve had a few terrible New Year&rsquo;s Eves, but they&rsquo;ve each been learning experiences in what to do and not to do when celebrating a new year. If you can roll with the punches &mdash; and use these tips &mdash; your night will be as incredible as you want it to be.</p> <p><em>Have any New Year&rsquo;s Eve dos and don&rsquo;ts to add to my list? Let me know what they are in the comments section below. Stay safe, and Happy New Year!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-dos-and-donts-to-ensure-a-happy-new-years-eve">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lessons-learned-from-new-years-eves-gone-wrong">Lessons Learned from New Year&#039;s Eves Gone Wrong</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-a-great-new-years-eve-party-for-cheap">How to Host a Great New Year&#039;s Eve Party for Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-avoid-awkward-moments-at-white-elephant-parties">4 Ways to Avoid Awkward Moments at White Elephant Parties</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-of-the-most-costly-new-years-eve-parties-ever">8 of the Most Costly New Year&#039;s Eve Parties Ever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-frugal-non-depressing-ways-to-spend-nye">5 Frugal, Non-Depressing Ways to Spend NYE</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips bars celebration New Year's Eve parties Thu, 29 Dec 2011 10:48:18 +0000 Mikey Rox 845094 at http://www.wisebread.com Lessons Learned from New Year's Eves Gone Wrong http://www.wisebread.com/lessons-learned-from-new-years-eves-gone-wrong <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/lessons-learned-from-new-years-eves-gone-wrong" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/new_years.jpg" alt="Pouring champagne" title="Pouring champagne" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="240" height="160" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nobody gets out of dodge faster than me on New Year&rsquo;s Eve.</p> <p>Not because I don&rsquo;t like to spend the holiday at home &mdash; New York City has some of the best celebrations on earth &mdash; but by this time of the year (especially now &mdash; holy blizzard, Batman!) I&rsquo;m ready for fun in the sun.</p> <p>For the past couple of years my destinations have been tropical, and anyone with seasonal affective disorder knows that a healthy dose of UV-delivered vitamin D can at least temporarily restore one&rsquo;s sanity. But even though the locations are usually conducive to rest and relaxation, my getaways haven&rsquo;t always been the respite I anticipated.</p> <p>In 2005, my flight to Paris was canceled due to inclement weather, leaving me stranded in Dublin with a plane full of disgruntled travelers. A year later, torrential rains dampened our festivities in downtown Toronto. When my husband and I traveled to San Diego to ring in 2008 on the beach, we forgot to pack supplies to build a fire. And when we decided to bar hop in Honolulu last year &mdash; instead of buying tickets to a party &mdash; we were left sitting at a booth with two people we didn&rsquo;t know, spinning our noisemakers in vain.</p> <p>Like it or not, these experiences make me an expert on what <em>not </em>to do on New Year&rsquo;s Eve. So to ensure that you start 2011 off right, consider the following tips. Fail to comply and, well, you may find yourself facing the business end of an old Irish woman&rsquo;s vacuum cleaner as you catch some <em>ZzZ</em>s on an airport floor. <em>Sláinte!</em></p> <h3>Don&rsquo;t Pack Too Much Into the Trip</h3> <p>Ryanair (avoid it at all costs, no matter how cheap the fares are) deserves the brunt of the blame for my unfortunate European experience. It canceled flights to the City of Light due to fog, which is hardly a reason in my book. Still, the rest of why I had NYE envy that year falls on me. In eight days, I had planned time in London, Dublin, and Paris, and the truth is, it was too much. In hindsight, I would have split my time between only two of the cities &mdash; that way I would have had time to come up with a contingent plan had either one of them not worked out. (Not as if London went off without a hitch, however. When Paris was no longer an option, Ryanair shipped us back to the U.K. capital &mdash; just in time for the Underground workers to strike an hour before midnight on December 31, forcing us to exit the train in the middle of nowhere, Great Britain. Yeah.)</p> <h3>Dress Appropriately for the Party</h3> <p>In 2008, we stayed local and purchased tickets to a New Year&rsquo;s Eve cruise on the Hudson River, complete with hors d&rsquo;oeuvres and alcohol. Sounds perfect, right? To us too, until we got there and realized that the event was a tourist trap, filled to the brim with a sneakers-and-T-shirt crowd. We were dressed in blazers and ties &mdash; reasonable attire for a holiday party in public &mdash; but because of the atmosphere we felt overdressed and out of place. My rule of thumb is to always dress up &mdash; because you can dress down when you get there by removing the blazer and/or tie &mdash; but I would also recommend calling ahead to see what&rsquo;s expected. If it&rsquo;s a Nike-clad kind of event, embrace it. No reason to be so stuffy when everyone else is comfortable.<o:p> Don't underestimate the weather, either, if you're partying outdoors. An hour in the cold is one thing; six hours is a whole new level. Remind me to tell you about the time I took my socks off after the festivities in Times Square to find ice crystals on my frozen toes. Talk about pain.</o:p></p> <h3>Pick a Place &mdash; and Stay There</h3> <p>My husband and I would rather bar hop than stay at one location all night, but New Year&rsquo;s Eve is not the time to do that. Many places host prepaid, ticketed parties (for which you&rsquo;ll pay dearly at the door if it&rsquo;s not already sold out), and if it&rsquo;s not a ticketed event, they&rsquo;ll hit you with an inflated cover charge. This year we&rsquo;re traveling to Miami, and before the big night arrives we plan to scope out a reasonably priced party that includes an open bar (a must if you&rsquo;re paying up front) or accept an invitation to the house fiesta of a friend's friend. The lesson here is that if you&rsquo;re in an unfamiliar city, don&rsquo;t leave your good time in fate&rsquo;s hands. It will quickly turn sour, and before you know it, you&rsquo;re standing in a line listening to everyone inside counting down from 10. Even if the party itself is a bust, at least I&rsquo;ll have the two things I need most &mdash; unlimited booze and my babe. In that order.</p> <h3>Have a Back-Up Plan</h3> <p>If I&rsquo;ve learned anything from my end-of-year debacles, it&rsquo;s that Plan B is absolutely necessary. Inclement weather, fed-up subway workers, an ill DJ, a liquor shipment that didn&rsquo;t arrive on time &mdash; anything that can happen sometimes will and is apt to turn your itinerary inside out. Instead of sulking (like I&rsquo;ve been known to do) line up your options. Talk to the person with whom you plan to celebrate regarding what would happen in the totally likely event that disaster strikes. What will you do? Do you cut your losses and go home? Do you find an off-the-beaten-path party? Whatever it is, make sure you&rsquo;re on the same page about it ahead of time, because it&rsquo;s a double doozy when you can&rsquo;t agree on the backup. One plan you should have and keep, however, is how you&rsquo;ll get home. Drinking and driving should never be an option. Especially when you can have so much naughty fun in the back of a cab.</p> <p>Stay safe &mdash; and Happy New Year!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lessons-learned-from-new-years-eves-gone-wrong">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-dos-and-donts-to-ensure-a-happy-new-years-eve">14 Dos and Don&#039;ts to Ensure a Happy New Year&#039;s Eve</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/change-your-life-by-learning-how-to-admit-youre-wrong">Change Your Life by Learning How to Admit You&#039;re Wrong</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-grammar-mistakes-that-are-making-you-look-stupid">12 Grammar Mistakes That Are Making You Look Stupid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-more-grammar-mistakes-that-are-making-you-look-stupid">12 More Grammar Mistakes That Are Making You Look Stupid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-stupidest-things-smart-people-do">The 10 Stupidest Things Smart People Do</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips celebration international flights Mistakes New Year's Eve open bar Thu, 30 Dec 2010 14:34:40 +0000 Mikey Rox 419428 at http://www.wisebread.com