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12.30.2013

7 Best Parts of New Year's Eve

like i said last week, i'm torn on the new year's eve front.  people and crowds just make celebrating the holiday... not so fun, so there's certain parts of the holiday that i avoid now that i'm getting older (eep!).  but i do so love the celebrating, you know i'm a sucker for a good theme and a reason to dress up.  and there are certain parts about new year's eve in particular that i just adore:

champagne!  so much champagne.  i don't know why i forget to drink champagne at other times throughout the year, but i really do.  and i like champagne, so i love new years eve parties where someone is constantly putting a fresh glass in my hand.  especially when it's rimmed in glitter sugar and has some raspberries in it.  headache inducing?  perhaps.  but it's just so festive and delicious.  and that's why pedialyte was invented.

sparkly clothing/makeup/nails.  some people hate these things and think they're 'so overdone.'  i say, i hope my disco ball dress blinds you into falling off your high horse, snooty pants.  take a note from pageant moms and 'sparkle, baby.'


fireworks.  there's a reason 4th of july ranks highly on my favorite holidays list.  things exploding in the sky.  but in a pattern, of course.  because nothing says 'america' or 'happy new year' like pretty colored balls of fire.

confetti poppers.  i mean, do they even sell these suckers at any other time of year?  i love them.

the midnight kiss.  just as fun and adorable when it's john as when it's tara or hawkeye.  and yes, speaking from experience.

the television.  if you spend new year's out at parties, you probably miss the television - but it's actually really entertaining.  there's a lot of good performances on the various channels, plus the whole 'live' thing, especially in new york, is a recipe for disaster which i kind of love.  with the countdown, they can't really delay it (duh, midnight is at... midnight) so there's a lot of mistakes and crowd interviews where people say inappropriate things or attempt to flash inappropriate bits.  we've made this a drinking game in years past.

a fresh start.  resolutions aren't exactly my thing, but i love the feeling of a fresh start - a clean slate, new ideas, new plans, new planners.


the more i think about, the more i think i really do love new year's.  so i think to combat my disdain for the hotel ballroom/drunk crowd parties, i'm going to start throwing an annual new years eve party at my house.  since i decided this on december 27, i don't exactly have the time to plan one for this year and thus this year's attendants will be myself, john, and hawkeye.  but next year, next year you're all invited.

let's be honest though - it's also a great excuse to hire a post-party cleaning service to start my new year in a perfectly clean apartment ;)

28 comments:

  1. oooooh a drinking game for the TV show....i like this idea A LOT. also i can't capitalize because i just painted my nails gold glitter and they're still wet...so yeah. have fun!

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  2. I love this list, just as I love New Year's Eve and all things sparkly! I would have to disagree with the NYE kiss though, I can't stand that. Maybe I'll feel differently when I find my "match" and always have one. haha

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  3. I love being home on NYE with MFD and the dogs, and one of my best friends always joins us. I make a nice dinner, we rip on people on TV, bang pots and pans. It's glorious.

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  4. I love these reasons! Sparkly dresses are my favorite paired with lots of bubbly!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  5. I totally agree! Especially with the Champagne and midnight kiss! :)

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  6. Sparkles, champagne, confetti, fireworks... okay, now I'm actually kind of excited for tmrw and I was actually dreading it up until now! :)

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  7. I'm not sure why you don't drink champagne year round. I can't imagine life without it. And I will mark my calendar to be there next year.

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  8. we've been going to a NYE "party" for three years now but it's geared towards kids...that means it's an 8pm "HAPPY NEW YEAR!" and then everyone is home and in bed by 10pm at the latest. which obviously means it's MY KIND OF PARTY since that's right around my bedtime anyway. now if we can just make this a permanent adult-type of party, that would be awesome :)

    have fun, happy new year and thanks for being so awesome xoxoxoxox

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  9. love this list! you actually got me pumped for NYE. i'll definitely be wearing sparkles tonight & drinking champagne (yumm). i'd be really excited if there are some fireworks too. i'd love to have a party too, but like you, i came up with this idea WAY last minute. anyway, i hope you have a fabulous NYE! <3

    xo,
    gabby
    www.likealittlefox.blogspot.com

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  10. We've hosted a new years eve party the last couple of years. I honestly still have no idea what we are doing tonight. We've been invited to a couple parties, but one is being hosted by a guy with a new (not fun) wife. I want to avoid that. I use to be a pageant mom.....that probably explains the sparkle around my house....and the fact that my sweater and scarf today both sparkle. You can never have enough.

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  11. Ok, seriously, I want to come next year. Not joking!

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  12. You would use a party as an excuse to clean!! I also enjoy party poppers, I think party city sells them year round. Should probably just bring some out every weekend through out the year ... celebrate all the things all the time!

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  13. I completely agree with everything on here, especially the champagne! Happy New Year friend!

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  14. I love this part: i say, i hope my disco ball dress blinds you into falling off your high horse, snooty pants. Go on with your sparkly self! I will be celebrating at home too with some Champs! The drinking game sounds like fun I just may have to do it!

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  15. Party at your house!!! I love New Years, not for the partying or the Eve but for the promise of a fresh start.

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  16. Champange....YUM!!! Hope you have a very Happy New Year Stephanie!

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  17. Happy New Year to one of my favorite bloggers!!! I ordered a very sparkly sequined dress to wear tonight, but it didn't fit (womp)....so I think I'm opting for a shirt with a few little rhinestones. I hope you sparkle all over Chicago tonight!

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  18. Happy New Year, Stephanie! I will also be celebrating from home with my favorite guy. But there will still be plenty of sparkles, champagne, and television bashing. Have a great night!

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  19. If you hold a party next year I'm coming.. and in a sparkly onsie so be prepared!

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  20. These are all the best parts of NYE! I'm all about the bubbly and the sequins! Happy New Year, Stephanie!

    -AJ

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  21. I definitely hope to have a party once I am in a place conducive to hosting them! House parties are the best way to celebrate NYE

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  22. I agree with the whole crowd thing....best part of being a parent....no-one questions you staying in on NYE....lol....however you look gorgeous in your sequins Stephanie, def need to go out when you look that fantastic!

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    1. Aww thanks Vicki! I do love that dress, I love to sparkle! Staying in is really fun though, we did that this year. Much less pressure.

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  23. you look amazing in that dress!!! I am sure if nothing else John had himeself a good newyears with you as arm candy!!!

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  24. I have decided the older I get that I hate New Year's Eve unless I'm at home. I just can't do crowds and drunks in crowds.

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  25. Okay, no lies, a post party cleaning service sounds like a great reason to throw a NYE party! haha. Wish someone had hired one of those to come while Michael & I were visiting my family.

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