And just like that, 2017 is upon us. Don’t have a sitter booked for New Year’s Eve? No worries. Think of it this way: You won’t blow $300+ for a sitter (ouch!). NYE at home can still be fun, festive, and special.
First things first: Get the kids in bed. Netflix is bringing back their kid-friendly countdowns (they’ll be live 12/28). You pick the time, they pick a theme – Word Party, Puffin Rock, Luna Petunia, Beat Bugs, All Hail King Julien, Skylanders Academy, Trollhunters, Project Mc2, Fuller House, and Chasing Cameron. Make sure you have noise makers and celebratory hats. Kisses and bed.
Dinner at home does not mean Chinese takeout. Plan a fancy meal – Joe’s Stone Crab, Island Creek Oysters, Maine lobsters, Murray’s Cheese – and eat it at the table with a nice bottle of wine, without the TV on. This is a night to celebrate, so go all out and feel good about it. Whether you wear a dress or jammies is up to you.
Invite another family for a sleepover. Once the kids are down, break out the champagne and play Cards Against Humanity until somebody passes out. And know you didn’t miss anything by going to bed before the ball dropped. Bonus points if you can score an 8am babysitter, so the grown-ups can go back to bed.
Host a New Year’s Day brunch. Invite everyone you love – families, singles, divorcees, dogs. Serve bloody mary’s and a cheesy frittata so you feel like you’re celebrating (and those that did can ease their hangover), listen to hilarious stories from your kidless friends, and revel in the fact that you didn’t spend $200 on an Uber home.