Going Out on New Year's is the Worst: Here are 5 Other Ideas

Photo courtesy of Andreas Graulund (Flickr) Confession time y'all. I hate going out on New Year's Eve. And I can blame it on the fact that I'm an old married lady and genuinely enjoy wearing leggings as pants while sitting on the couch with Mr. T and drinking beer and/or vodka out of a plastic cup. But it's honestly just that I hate it and I have for some time.

And I know that I live in NYC so people assume I should love it. But that's actually the thing that makes it worse. Actually, being in any city makes it worse.  I hate crowds and being thrashed by people. I hate paying overpriced drinks. I hate trying to get home (I seriously had to hold up in a Walgreens one year in Chicago with all the other drunk people because there were no buses, cabs, or anything). It's just awful and, to me, that's not how you should ring in the New Year. Ever.

So here are 5 alternatives to going out on New Year’s (that are way more awesome and fun). You could actually combine a few of them for even more fun.

1. Have a fancy dinner party

A lot of people like to go out because it's an excuse to get all dolled up and wear a pretty dress. But why do you have to go out for that? You could host a fun little gathering with all of your friends. Make invitations. Cook a fancy meal. Drink champagne. Have everyone wear their Sunday best. It's all the fun of going out without all the annoyances of actually going out. And it's often way easier to get home when you aren't near all the bars or trying to leave at the exact time everyone else is.

2. Have a slumber party

Obviously if no one has to leave until New Year's Day, you've eliminated the problems all together. And the best part here is that you don't have to wear pants (I mean, not REAL pants). Have your friends all bring their favorite snack and movie (ahem, scary movies work great). You can also make a slammin' breakfast the next day and watch a few football games. The possibilities are endless.

3. Host a game night

What could be better than ringing in the New Year with Mario Kart or a few games of Cards Against Humanity? Have your pals over, make some tasty treats and a few cocktails, and have a blast.

4. Rent a cabin

I've always had this dream to stay in a cabin somewhere to ring in the New Year. Maybe upstate where it's cold and snowy. Everyone can chip in for the cost and bring food and booze. And then everyone just hangs out all night with movies or games or whatever you want. What could be better?

5. Get a hotel room

This is pretty similar to the cabin idea only you don't get that snowy, woodsy feel. But, like the cabin, it's equally awesome. You could even choose a spot that's near the action wherever you live. That way it's like you're a part of it all, but you don't have to deal with all of the annoying people or crowds.