Ah, New Year, you divisive minx. Love it or hate it, it’s almost upon us.

If you’re like me, by the time Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen are too drunk to say anything coherent about the ball dropping, you couldn’t care less about what’s happening in Times Square. NYE is not for everyone. I’ve already shared my antipathy for this holiday with you before. It's hard to embrace the festive when the expectations are so high. 


Tired the same old rigamarole? 

We're rounding up 5 Ways to celebrate NYE that don’t involve a ball drop:


Just me and all my closest friends in a little place upstate? Sign me up. I love  a house party that becomes a dinner party, so break out the glam, despite the rustic digs. I love to break out some pretty taper candles and the good linens.  A little bit of shimmer, a little bit of shine, and a lot of wine. 

One of my favorite ways to spend the New Year? A night in with my favorite person—that husband of mine. I love a home cooked meal, great music, laughing by the fireplace, and a good movie. I've been raving about our Flamingo Estate products; they're the ultimate chef's companion for an indulgent dinner. Add my favorite cozy sweatshirt, and I'm good to go.  Ring in the new year right.  


Sometimes you have to embrace the NYE lifestyle. Get together all your wildest friends, play champ-pong, challenge them to truth or dare, and watch the chaos unfold. You can never have enough disco balls or enough neon. A bright beginning indeed! 

Nothing makes that countdown to midnight fly by like game night. From trivia to cards to a luxe puzzle, your guests can ring in the New Year as winners.  

Sometimes the best move is just to go to bed at a reasonable hour and wake up on the other side. Bloody Mary's and PJs are the perfect way to kick off 2023. I love a good bar spread in the morning beside my bagels. 



December 16, 2022 — Brenna Gilbert