I no longer want to spend New Year’s Eve hoping to land at the best party in town just so I can get super wasted and find someone to kiss at midnight. Call me crazy. And yet, staying home and watching the ball drop on TV sounds equally awful. So what are people like me supposed to do on New Year’s Eve?
Enter the “Alternative New Year’s Eve.” Now this concept is not something I came up with. But, this year, as I was hoping to find something different to do on December 31st – my google search of that phrase wasn’t really turning up very many good suggestions. So here are my own personal ideas for outside-the-box, yet, perhaps equally satisfying, ways of spending the last holiday of the year.
Host a “Make A _____” Party
The blank could be “story,” “movie,” “painting,” “song” – whatever creative pursuit strikes your fancy. The idea would be find other people who are excited about spending New Years Eve on the chosen craft, get a bunch of coffee and snacks, and get together and GO! Work, work, work… through midnight, through the morning, until you pass out. Ideally wherever you guys are creating would also be somewhere that you could all crash. Then, the next day, have a presentation party where you all show off to each other what you made.
Move Through It
Some major cities host runs or bike rides that start at or around midnight on New Year’s Eve.
At midnight, focus on your breath without worrying about having to kiss someone. It’s becoming more and more popular for yoga studios to offer late night classes on New Years Eve.
Get paid to “celebrate” New Year’s Eve. Try to find a catering or bar tending gig. Or, if you lack experience in those areas you should still be able to find some kind of “event staff” gig – working a coat check or something like that. If not, sign up to baby sit or to be a group’s designated driver for the night.
Being out in nature seems to me like the antithesis of a typical New Year’s Eve party – which can be pretty nice. Try camping, ice fishing, snowmobiling – maybe even just have a bon fire out in the woods or down by a river.
Document Someone Else’s
Instead of experiencing your own New Year’s Eve, spend your night recording someone else’s. Use your iPhone or just an old fashioned pen and paper to document what this person does. This would probably still be interesting if you just followed a friend around at a party but I would challenge you to go a little bit outside your comfort zone and document, say, someone driving a cab, working at a 24-hour diner or maybe a toll booth. Tell the person you’re a “freelance reporter.”
Host A New Year’s Day Brunch
Spend all night prepping for the most fabulous New Year’s Day brunch ever. Then be ready to be entertained as all your friends trickle in around 1pm the next day and tell you about their nights. If you feel like it, go ahead and become the most drunk person at brunch. You deserve it.
Avoid It All Together
If you plan a flight strategically enough it should be possible to fly across the International Date Line without ever hitting midnight on December 31st. Or if that’s too expensive, then wherever you are you can just pull an all-nighter on December 30th so that on New Year’s Eve you’re so tired you fall asleep before midnight and wake up on January 1st.