It comes up every year. The dreaded question..and universally, if you don't have Amazing plans, you are inherently = a Loser. Fabulous plans have no age limit either. No matter how young or old, you absolutely, positively Must have earth shattering plans. If not= Yes, you are a Total loser.
New Year's Eve expectations have now surpassed Halloween hopes.
When have you ever, Ever in your life heard someone say, "Ohh, I Can't Wait for New Years Eve!?"
When have you ever reminisced abut a New Year's Eve past? And, if you live in the Midwest, when have you Ever Not spent New Year's Eve, freezing your ass off, tinkering around in 5 inch heels to the valet? Transportation to me is key: You must have your own driver and it Cannot be communal.
Being in a limousine to me is the equivalent of being in a Dateline investigation of a shotty hotel with a black light.
In your 20's you do The Chase. The Chase around the city, trying to find where the best party is. Your friends will all be non- committal about resting on a location. They're waiting for better plans to emerge. And if you are subject to paying a hefty cover charge(Complete with cheap bathtub champagne toast at midnight) you won't feel inclined to change locations. A few years back I paid $40 for a Sprite. Yes a Sprite. I wasn't drinking and I still had to pay cover to "Be seen" there. Being non- committal about making plans ends up being even more disastrous later in life when you may be hosting a party at your home. There you wait for anyone to show up after you've spend 5 hours making finger food. And just to clarify: Making your non- parental friends, watch your child's "production" on New Year's Eve= not fun.
I would rather celebrate New Years Eve: Never. The only thing redeeming about the holiday is everything is encrusted in glitter and sparkles. I've had great friends, great family, and, great dogs. I've never had a great New Year's Eve. And I'm okay with that. The best most memorable nights have come from little planning, no expectations, and nobody's balls dropping.