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Neil and I haven’t gone out to celebrate New Year’s in I don’t even know how many years. Considering the fact that I’m usually in bed by 10 most nights and much prefer sweatpants to stilettos, it’s not hard to imagine that our favorite way to celebrate is at home with each other (and Donut).
Even though we don’t tend to go out much anymore, it’s still fun to celebrate the new year with the two of us. We also live by two Whole Foods stores within walking distance, so getting supplies for the evening is really no question. If you’re planning on staying in this year, here are some tips on how to make it a special, low-key night.
Stock up on small foods
Since most of our night is spent on the couch watching New Year’s shows, we like to have a lot of finger-foods on hand. Things like chips, cheese and crackers, and chocolates are perfect options.
As an option for those who don’t drink like us, our perfect celebratory drinks are kombucha (me) and tonic water (Neil). Kombucha is one of the very few fizzy drinks I like and it’s perfect in place of champagne.
Meat and cheese go a long way
Who doesn’t love a good meat and cheese platter? It’s such a magical combination and can be thrown together in no time. Just pop some different meats, cheese slices, and crackers on a plate and VOILA — snacking all night. I made sure to stock up on our favorite Simple Mills crackers and some La Quercia salami as must-haves for this plate.
You can also get some spreads for crackers and other veggie garnishes if you want!
Splurge on seafood
Seafood is the most expensive part of our low-key celebration. We got oysters, lobster tails (actually really easy to cook!), and a shrimp platter for me to eat all of since HELLO it’s delicious. FYI lobster tails only take like three minutes to cook so you should get on that.
Just enjoy yourself
A low-key celebration is one that should feel effortless and enjoyable. All of our supplies were found at Whole Foods, which carries virtually everything that you could need for a night in. Their quality is always excellent and I’m in there at least once a week. It’s where we try and get our fish because it’s the best around us and there’s always a sale on something that we need.
If you’re staying in this year, make it as easy as you can on yourself, but make sure to make the night a little more special than your average weeknight. You’re worth it. 🙂
For more suggestions and inspiration, make sure to head to the Whole Foods website before planning your low-key New Year’s Eve! What are your NYE plans this year? Staying in or going out?