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!
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!