I don’t know about you, but for me, when someone asks what I’m doing for New Yea’s Eve, it fills me with dread. I’m not the biggest fan of NYE because it’s nearly always a let down. The same as anything else where there’s enforced fun. It’s like the one night of the year where you MUST go out and you MUST HAVE FUN.
Except it doesn’t normally work out like that. Because there’s so much pressure on it to be a great night, inevitably it isn’t. Someone gets too drunk and we have to go home before midnight (circa 2007), you have to pay a ridiculous amount just to get in a crappy nightclub (many years) or you end up having a big fight (last year).
A good New Year’s Eve with friends in Northampton, 2008
So this year I’m after something a little more low key. That way, there’s less pressure on it having to be the most amazing night ever. Here are some of my ideas:
Go to the local
The local pub is an almost fail-safe bet. So long as you’re there early enough to secure seats, you shouldn’t be too disappointed in your local boozer. Hopefully, you shouldn’t even need to pay in, and can walk home without the taxi prices and queues.
Go to a small house party
So long as you’re with the right people you could be anywhere and still have a good time. So if you go to a friend’s house for a small gathering, it should be fun even if you end up gathered round the TV for Jools Holland.
Have friends round
Alternatively, stay in and get your friends to come to you. If you’re the host it does mean you’re stuck with clearing up with a hangover on New Year’s Day but it also means you get to keep any surplus alcohol.
Cook a meal
Rather than making it a boozy affair with friends, why not cook a slap up meal? Perhaps some little nibbles to start like olives, halloumi and nuts followed by a main and pudding. These mushroom wellingtons look divine.
What are your plans for NYE?