The best ways to spend New Year's Eve (hint: they all involve wine)
Are you feeling the pressure to have the best New Year's Eve celebration ever?
If you're forgoing the usual NZ city mass parties, try these relatively easy ideas (hint: they all involve wine).
IF YOU LOVE NYE:
Host your own black tie bash
You've always wanted to throw a party as swell as the ones by F. Scott Fitzgerald's nouveau riche crowd in the movies. So cajole your friends into dressing up. Hire a band to play jazz, hip-hop and Lady Gaga.
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Serve no entrees, only finger-food hors d'oeuvres: caviar, smoked sturgeon, oysters on the half-shell, shrimp, endive spears stuffed with goat cheese, biscotti and pavlova.
Champagne is the wine for this. Real champagne. In real champagne glasses. If necessary, take out a second mortgage.
IF YOU USE NYE TO REFLECT:
Go glamping by yourself
Outdoor "glamping" ("glamorous camping") makes for an excellent New Year's Eve adventure. Venture to a gorgeous beach, a mountain top, a cave, a skinny-dipping spot or, better yet, a vineyard. Smuggle in hot empanadas and something mysterious in a thermos. Try not to break any municipal ordinances.
IF YOU HATE NYE:
Indulge in a pity party at home
You've just broken up with your eternal love and you're facing New Year's Eve dateless. Buy gallons of ice cream, sprinkle with ground espresso beans, pour thick, sweet dessert wine over it.
Binge-watch Hollywood's great break-up movies: Kramer v. Kramer, War of the Roses, Forgetting Sarah Marshall or Casablanca.
Go to bed when the sugar crash hits, uttering Scarlett's hopeful plea: "Tomorrow is another day!"
Happy New Year!