5 Ways To Celebrate The New Year Without Leaving Your House

The party don't start 'till you walk in.

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If you’ve lived in a city for any substantial amount of time, you’ve probably caught on to the sparkle-soaked skulduggery that is any New Years event. Overpriced cocktails? Clubs packed with jittery people chugging down shots? Underwhelming $200 fixed price menus for restaurants looking to get rid of leftover Holiday fare? Puh-lease. We’re not going to let you get duped into a scheme like that this year.

Whether you're a born party animal or a NYE misanthrope, we got you covered. In the spirit of evading the overdressed crowds and not blowing the little left over from your Holiday fund, here are 5 ways to ring in the New Year from the comfort of your own home:
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1. Host a game night or dance party. Get 2017 off to a winning start by kicking ass and taking names — on the game board and dance floor. This can be easily planned as a last minute, no-frills affair: invite a group of friends and their stock of games (anything from Pictionary to Cards Against Humanity will do) and you've got yourself the chillest house party. If you’re keen on a touch of glitz and glamour, why not make it into a Gatsby-style costume party? Your turf, your terms.

2. Invite your closest friends over for a NYE dinner. Maybe you’re feeing less Boogie Nights and more Ratatouille this December. Bring all the warmth and elegance of a French bistro into your own home by hosting a small dinner party for your friends. Whether you prefer organizing a pot-luck or taking the plunge and cooking a multi-course dinner, there’s no better way to usher in the new year than with good food and company.

3. Have a sleepover. Plan a good old-fashioned, throwback slumber party. Get dressed down in your favorite PJs, try out all the sparkly make-up trends you missed this year and bust out that playlist you've been working on since 2003. As for food, prepare some simple-but-delicious DIY snacks, but save the really good stuff for the morning after (homemade brunch, anyone?). 
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4. Curate a personal movie marathon. If your friends are out of town (or you just prefer your own outstanding company), hunker down in bed with a film (or three). This is a great opportunity to re-watch classics, discover some vintage gems or catch up on screen movies that you missed in 2016. 

5. Relax and reflect. Maybe this isn't cool or celebratory in the "traditional" sense, but your fellow introverts will get it. Sometimes, at the end of the year, we just need to take a step back and reflect on it all. A lot has happened over the past 12 months, and there may a sentiment of ambivalence or irresolution as we find ourselves on the brink of yet another year. Settle down in your coziest nook, burn your favorite candle, finish that book you started before the Holiday rush or take some time to journal and rework those resolutions. Whatever you need to put a satisfying bookend on this year. (Who knows, it might just be going to bed before midnight.) 
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Here's a selection of items that'll jazz up any New Year's celebration:
Unique Vintage Black & Gold Deco Beaded Feather Headband - $24
Antique Gold & Glass Crystal Pave Fan Drop Post Earrings - $24
Daphne 7.8 oz. Champagne Flute, Set of 4 - $47.49
Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses, Set of 4 - $28
Cards Against Humanity - $25
Bang! The Bullet! - $40.49
Rainbow Unicorn Kigurumi Onesie - $59.99
Peter Thomas Roth Mask Sampler Kit - $25
Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Home Candle - $65
C. Lacroix Pink Ombré Notebook - $14.95