Gone are the days of wild, dance-y, glammed up, breakfast-at-2-AM New Year’s Eves. And by “gone,” I mean “never were my thing.” Sure, I’ve had my fair share of nights out on the town partying. But the the idea of wearing a slinky dress in the dead of winter and being jam packed with drunk people on some downtown rooftop bar and staying up well past midnight has just never appealed to me.
Which is why I love celebratory yet cozy NYE’s like Dear Boyfriend and I had this year.
For a hot minute we had considered going into the city and watching the ball drop at midnight. But then we were all like “Nahhhh.” Sounded great in theory, but in reality we can’t handle crowds that big, or people that drunk, or traffic that bad, or weather that cold, or staying out that late.
So, we decided on a dinner out, a small party at his dad’s house, and capping the night off back at his mom’s (where we were staying on this trip) to drink some bubbly and watch the Time’s Square festivities from the comfort of home.
Dinner was a yummy trip to our favorite local Mexican restaurant. I had a cauliflower quesadilla, which sounds odd, but was actually spectacular!
After having our fill of salsa and margs, we headed to his dad’s house, where
we I cooed over the family’s newest member, our new step-nephew.
We all watched the college football bowl games that were on, which brought out many of a collegiate rivalry!
Dear Boyfriend and I picked up some Prosecco (by Cali-based Cupcake — a nice budget friendly label) and snazzy new year’s crowns.
Then we went back to his mom’s house to pop the cork on our bubbly, enjoy some Christmas chocolates, and watch the ball drop on TV.
His mom doesn’t believe in drinking, and we have no clue where our personalized Champagne flutes are, so we made do with old mason jars. (How hipster. Ugh. 😉 )
It was also below freezing that night, so we kept our fashions pretty comfy. Not that Dear Boyfriend is into fashion at all — he’s virtually always in jeans and a t-shirt. Given that it was below freezing, I was tempted to follow suit with jeans and a button down flannel. But, wanting to not look like a complete hobo, I decided on grey leather wedge ankle booties, crisp winter white jeans, a black and white striped boat neck tee, and a caramel blazer.
We snuggled up on the couch, turned on the fire, and were quickly joined by one of the dogs, Ares, who decided to snuggle up with us.
Food, family, football, babies, dogs, fires, bubbly, chocolate, and a kiss at midnight? I couldn’t have asked for a better New Year’s Eve. 🙂