How to Have a Great New Year's Eve

I've had enough bad New Year's Eves to learn what not to do. If you want to have a Gabi-approved NYE, this is how.
  1. If you're going out, house parties > bars/clubs.
    In my experience this is by far the superior option on financial, social, and required energy fronts.
  2. Figure out transportation in advance.
    Uber? Taxi? Designated driver? The last thing you want to do is worry about how you're getting home at 1 AM when everyone else is doing the same thing.
  3. Spend Dec 31st having a healthy, restful day.
    Hydrate, exercise, meditate, relax. Drink something with electrolytes. If, like me, you are usually in bed by 10, you're going to need all the extra energy you can get.
  4. Good eats.
    I generally avoid restaurants on NYE (they're usually overpriced and overcrowded) and opt instead to cook fancy food with friends. Truffled gnocchi is my signature good luck NYE dish. Simple, a little decadence, and loved by almost everyone. Just buy packaged gnocchi, cook it according to instructions. Warm some cream and a large pat of butter in a frying pan, add the gnocchi and stir well to coat. Drizzle in just a *touch* of truffle oil, and top with a sprinkle of salt and shaved Parmesan.
  5. Don't start drinking too early.
    I like to focus on the 9:30 PM - 12 PM block, knowing that if I start any earlier, by midnight I will be either attempting to perform the entire score of Rent without accompaniment for whomever will listen or, more likely, asleep on a couch in the middle of a crowded party.
  6. Speaking of which, save Champagne for midnight.
    Until midnight, my cocktail of choice is vodka with soda water and lemon. It's clean and refreshing, and the lack of sugar helps ensure my hangover won't be too bad.
  7. Head home by 1 AM.
    NYE parties tend to die down after the midnight countdown anyway.
  8. Don't plan anything for January 1st.
    New Year's Day is for sleeping in, drinking coffee in bed, and scrambling some eggs around noon. Save your resolutions for January 2nd.