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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Ideas for a Low-Key New Years Eve

In college, New Years Eve was one of the highlights of my year.  I would wear an obnoxious amount of sequins, curl and tease my hair up, and rock the smoky eye.  My NYE experience kind of peaked the year that I graduated; two of my friends and I road tripped to Nashville!  This year, my boyfriend and I are hanging out with another couple and watching football.  As much as I miss the exciting NYE parties of my past, I'm looking forward to kicking off the new year in a low-key way - good friends, good food, and (hopefully) good football.  If you're planning on a low-key New Years Eve like I am, here are some ideas!

Ideas for a low-key New Years Eve

Football •  My NYE and New Year's Day plans have been hijacked by bowl games.  (Full schedule here.)  I'm excited to cheer on my Vols, but I also plan on using this as an opportunity to try a new recipe that I can share on my blog around Super Bowl Sunday :) 

Game Night •  Growing up, my NYE tradition with my family was to play board games, drink sparkling grape juice, and watch the ball drop.  If you have a group of friends coming over, break out a game like Cards Against Humanity or a classic like Monopoly!  My boyfriend was just gifted Star Wars Monopoly, and I am so excited to play!  (The board is round... How cool is that?!)  

Movies •  In high school, a group of girlfriends and I went to see The Pursuit of Happyness on New Year's Eve.  Y'all, it rocked my world.  I started out the new year feeling inspired and extremely grateful.  Go with your blogger besties to see Joy, as it's the story of a female entrepreneur and being touted as a "must see" for other female entrepreneurs!  Oddly enough, I saw my first Star Wars movie the day that it came out, and I left feeling empowered and ready to take on the world.  (The only word that can be used to describe Rey is badass.)

Create a feast of New Year's Day food •  It's tradition in my house to have black eyed peas, hog jowl, and collard greens on New Year's Day.  They're said to bring prosperity and wealth, and maybe it's superstition, but it's a tradition that I never break.  If you like to cook, spend the evening making a feast of "good luck food" or maybe even creating a meal that will become your annual tradition, and then enjoy it right after the ball drops.

At-home Wine Tasting •  I have been wanting to have one of these so badly.  If you're having company over, ask everyone to bring a specific type of wine, and provide cheese that complements the wine.  This is a great little hack that not only explains what cheese to pair with each wine, but why to pair them.  Voila, you're officially fancy ;)  

What are your plans for NYE?  Are you going low-key or breaking out the sequins?  Tell me all about it in the comments!

Whatever your plans may be, I hope that you have a safe New Years Eve, and a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2016!


  1. These are fabulous ideas! I'm headed over to a friend's house to celebrate and watch the ball drop! The last time I went out on NYE, I came home with sticky hair and clothes thanks to silly drunk people spraying champagne everywhere. I'm not about that life! Enjoy your evening!!

    xo. A Peachy Sonder

  2. You gave some great ideas! I've never really done anything too special for NYE, but hopefully this year I can get together with some friends or something! Have a great day!
    Amy |

  3. These are all great NYE ideas!
    Michael got Star Wars monopoly for Christmas as well and it was so much fun.
    I am planning on going to a restaurant/bar that's offering a NYE package with 6 drink tickets, food, and a champagne toast so I am pretty stoked about that. We were going to go downtown but that would've been expensive and insane.
    I hope you have a lovely NYE!

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  4. A girls night of wine tasting would be a total blast, and so much more affordable than going out! I'm spending the weekend with my BF in Raleigh and getting to see the Caps play an away game - my first NHL experience!

  5. My NYE will be totally lowkey! Planning on spending it with my boyfriend while reading a good book :)

  6. With the exception of the past two years my New Year's Eve celebrations have always been super low key. I have so many memories of game nights with my family and I was never disappointed. I do love any excuse to dress up which is really the only reason I like to go out for New Year's Eve. I hope you have a fun and relaxing night in this year!

  7. These are all great ideas! I've always spent NYE at home, watching the ball drop! But these all seem like great ideas!

    Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

  8. This is such a fun idea! My plans are going to a party with some friends!

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

  9. This is perfect because my NYE is definitely going to be low-key. I actually love chill NYE nights. I can't remember the last time I did something extravagant to celebrate. This year, I'm having a movie night with one of my friends. We plan on wearing PJs and drinking wine, and I can't wait.

  10. These are such great ideas-I do love to have a game night!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  11. Game night is my favorite. That is what I used to do with my family and I did it last year with my boyfriend.

  12. This is my first year ever of going out for NYE and I'm soooo excited. ;-) (Mine in the past years of college have all been so low-key as in gone to bed way before midnight.... problems of normally being home during New Years! Haha) These are such great ideas though- I love the at home wine tasting one!

    xoxo A

  13. I love the at home wine tasting idea! Maybe I'll try it next year.

  14. I'm in Hawaii for NYE so no way it ill be low key but I love these ideas :)

  15. Great low key ideas! Happy 2016!

    Diary of a Debutante

  16. Great ideas! I'm keeping things low key this year too with the Cotton Bowl, a glass of wine, and some serious good leftover Christmas chocolate. haha Happy New Year, can't wait to see what 2016 has in store for you! xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

  17. Mine was definitely low-key! I hope you had a great NYE!

  18. I always celebrate NYE in a low-key way. This post was filled with tons of great ideas for a fun low-key NYE!

  19. I will definitely keep this in mind for next year! Great post :)

  20. My boyfriend and I are also big football fans so even though we did decide to ring in the new year at a bigger event, football was never far behind (like playing on the tv before we left or ESPN score center on a phone). Wishing you a beautiful 2016!

  21. Great new years ideas! Hope you had a fabulous night!


  22. I am most definitely taken your advice next New Year's! I am so over fighting crowds to go out!

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