This is our guide to surviving NYE chaos
Learn from our mistakes…
Here at MTV we like a party, and New Year’s Eve is the ultimate party…sometimes. We’ve had our fair share of good NYEs and bad NYEs (we don’t wanna talk about it, okay). This year we’re determined to have a good one, and we want you to as well. So learn from our mistakes and follow our handy guide to a great NYE.
Plan plan plan
New Year’s Eve can be the biggest nightmare/disappointment on the entire planet if you don’t think it through. This isn’t a normal night, you can’t just “ya know go for a couple of drinks see where the night takes us”, because where the night takes you will be to a queue, at midnight, in the cold, alone. So decide where you’re going (quick!) and make sure you allow plenty of time to get there. Fashionably late is a risky game tonight…
Got your eye on someone for a snog at midnight? Even if you haven’t, you never know. NYE is a magical/boozy night and you never know what might happen. So take a condom and make sure you’re prepared so if you do find NYE love, you’re being safe. Odds are most late night shops will be shut and you don’t wanna get caught short. Girls, you can’t always count on those pesky dudes to have one, take your own.
Don’t let yourself get too worked up; it’s just another night really. Odds are with crowds and high prices and inevitable drama, tonight won’t be the BEST NIGHT OF YOUR ENTIRE LIFE. So just make sure you’re with the right people in somewhere not completely terrible and you’ll have a blast. Keep it simple.
Don’t be a bummer, we all feel like sacking off New Year’s entirely sometimes but come midnight you’ll regret it. Make sure you’re doing something, even if it’s low-key.
Don’t peak too early
Nobody wants to be that guy. Passed out on the sofa at 11:58, magic marker on the face, various unpleasant stains on the shirt. Pace yourself, maybe decline every other offer of pink, sparkly drink that gets brought round every 30 seconds. Just be sure to make it to midnight and then you can hit the hay and start planning those unrealistic resolutions.
Mingle, don’t mix
As you make your way round the party being the oh-so-charming social butterfly that you obviously are, you’re going to come across a lot of different drinks. For some reason nobody is content with just normal drinks on NYE, there’s always all manner of experimental cocktails knocking around; “try this, it’s amazing”, they’ll say. NYE is a drinks-mixing minefield. So just keep an eye on what you’re drinking, mixing your alcohols is a risky game, trust us.
It’s about the people not the place
If it’s a choice between your bessies somewhere average and some people you hardly know in what is supposedly the best night out in the entire world (it won’t be), pick your bessies. You’ll have an infinitely better time, trust us.
Staying in can be just as good as going out
Again, if it’s with the right people, a night in can be just as a good as a wild night out. Yeah yeah we know, we’re boring, but it’s true.
Don’t blow your own face off or set yourself on fire
We love fireworks but you know what isn’t a smart combination? Drinking + stuff that lights on fire and then blows up. These two things are basically the two biggest aspects of NYE though, oops. So if you must have fireworks, just make sure there’s somebody sober who knows what they’re doing around to set them up. Then it’s pretty lights in the sky all round, YAY.
Here we go again, kill-joy patrol. Fireworks and lanterns can be so bad for the environment and eco-friendly versions do exist so just bare it in mind and don’t go too overboard. Also, recycle your empties J *yes mum*.
Don’t make any promises
You’re not going to be getting up at 7am tomorrow and going for the first big run of the year, so don’t commit to it at 3am when it seems like such a good idea. New Year’s resolutions are for the 2nd, the first is for lying around eating whatever chocolate is left over from Christmas.