New Year’s Eve only comes once a year, and celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of the next is a must for a number of reasons. Maybe you had a rough year and you’re looking forward to a new start. Or maybe you just never turn down an excuse to party with your friends.
Whatever your reason for staying up until midnight to watch the ball drop, you’ve probably done the go out on the town thing at least once. That means you know how much of a hassle it can be. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to ring in the new year without leaving the comfort of your own home. In fact, staying in this New Year’s Eve might end up being the best idea you’ve had all year.
So why stay home this New Years?
Transportation options are hard to come by
New Year’s Eve is one of those occasions where you’re going to want to have a couple drinks— or at the very least, have the option. That means, if you don’t have a designated driver, you’ll have to plan your night around crowded, unreliable public transportation, plan to call a cab two hours before you actually need one, or suck it up and accept Uber’s exorbitant surge pricing. Obviously, if you stay home, you won’t have to worry about how you’ll be getting home, and there’s no danger of being forced to crash on a friend’s couch until 5am when calling a cab won’t leave you waiting for hours.
It’s cold out there
Canadian winters are no joke. Depending on what part of the country you live in, there’s a pretty solid chance there will be snow on New Year’s Eve. Not only does that affect transportation options, but it also has a significant impact on your wardrobe choices for the evening. Sure, you might think you’ll be going from a cab, straight into a bar, so a sequin mini skirt and strappy heels should be fine. But have you ever walked in snow in heels? Not easy. At home, you can throw on a pair of sweats and your favourite slippers. Might as well start out a new year as comfortable as possible.
Drinks are a whole lot cheaper at home
Bars and clubs are notorious for jacking up the prices of drinks, especially on special occasions like NYE— and that’s in addition to having to pay cover to get into the bar at all. At home, you can whip up any fancy cocktail your heart desires at a fraction of the price. Not only that, but you won’t have to wait behind a crowd of people doing tequila shots, or squeeze into an opening between the people who insist on sitting on barstools, blocking the bar all night. You also won’t spend extra time and money picking up a late night poutine or shawarma because you’ll be snacking all night at home.
Your friends will love you if you host a party
You aren’t the only person who has a love/hate relationship with going out on New Year’s Eve. There are plenty of people who would choose a promising house party over braving the downtown bars, but they don’t want to go so far as hosting a party themselves. There are lots of benefits to playing host on NYE: you don’t have to worry about how to get home, you’ll have dibs on all the leftover food and booze, and you get to control the Spotify playlist. Worth a little clean up at the end of the night (or the next day), for sure.
There’s no last call
Time goes by fast at a bar when you spend half your time either waiting to order a drink, waiting to use the washroom or trying to navigate your way to an area of the dance floor where you have enough space to show off your moves. It’s midnight before you know it, and not long after that it’s last call and time to start thinking about the worst part of the night: collecting your coat and snagging a cab. At home, the party can go on all night if you want. Or you can go to bed at 12:10 satisfied that you rang in the new year how you wanted to— in the comfort of your own home.
What’s your favourite way to spend New Year’s Eve? Let us know in the comments!