While friends are out party-hopping, spending $100 per ticket to see a ball, peach or other object drop and trying to find a taxi on New Year’s Eve, you’ll be at home, watching all the action on television. Maybe you don’t feel like fighting the crowds, spending too much money or freezing while standing in long lines, but whatever the reason, the warmth of your living room and comfort of your fleece socks sounds more enticing. Whether you have no parties to go to or just don’t want to leave your house, you can still have an amazing time staying in for the night with our tips below.
Opt for New Year’s Eve kitsch
Stop by your local party supply store and purchase noisemakers, confetti bursts, actual confetti, New Year’s Eve glasses and New Year’s Eve hat – the more outrageous, the better. Invite a friend over for your New Year’s Eve staycation and when the clock strikes midnight, shout “Happy New Year!” and try to set everything off before a minute passes.
Know your shows
Whether you want to ring in the New Year with news, music or actors, television has quite the realm of entertainment to choose from:
• “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012,” 8 p.m. EST on ABC
• “NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly,” 10 p.m. EST on NBC
• “NYE in NYC 2012 Live,” 11 p.m. EST on MTV
• “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin,” 11 p.m. EST on CNN
• “American Country New Year’s Eve Live,” 11 p.m. EST on Fox
Make party-worthy food
Just because you’re staying in doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in delicious party food. Have yourself a merry little New Year’s Eve dip party with crudités, toasted baguette slices and tortilla chips, along with hot corn dip, pan-fried onion dip and buffalo chicken dip. If you’re getting a head start on your New Year’s resolution to lose weight, opt for a vegetable tray, baked corn chips, baba ganoush, red pepper hummus and a lighter hot artichoke spinach dip. For serious indulgence, heat up a delicious pot of cheese fondue, made with Emmenthaler, Gruyere and white wine, and serve it with Granny Smith apple slices, toasted bread and slightly steamed broccoli. Take the whole pot into your living room and enjoy it while watching the New Year’s Eve festivities on TV.
Purchase bubbly, of course
No New Year’s celebration is complete without champagne or sparkling wine. If you’re on a budget, Freixenet Cordon Negro (under $10) and Cavit Lunetta Rose’ ($11) are excellent choices, according to Serious Eats. Make your drink pop by adding a splash of Framboise (raspberry liquor), peach nectar, pear juice, passion fruit juice or kirsch (black cherry brandy), and dropping a whole raspberry in the glass. Alternately, purchase a celebratory beer, such as Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, Deschutes Jubelale or Anchor Christmas Ale, which even says “Happy New Year” on the bottle.