"There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life." ~Federico Fellini
The classic New Year's Eve party is held in Times Square in New York City. Every year, over a million revelers come to count down the final seconds to the New Year, watch a 12-foot wide glittering ball drop from a flagpole on top of One Times Square, and get blitzed with shimmering confetti. Fireworks and live music performances add to the festivities. At New Year's Eve Wishing Wall, people can write down their hopes for the New Year. Those with funds can reserve a table at one of the private parties held at one of the bars and restaurants looking over Times Square.
I spent New Year's Eve of 1999/2000 in New York City...in a church basement drinking sparkling cider. Maybe next year my finances will be better & I can have the New Year's Eve party of my dreams. This is a "Black and White" theme based on Truman Capote's Black and White Ball held in 1966 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. It has been described as "The Party of the Century."
New Year’s Eve colors of black & white, with silver accents. Black and white is an easy theme to create and naturally elegant; make it luxurious by using a variety of textures within the theme colors.
Dance Floor Black & white dance floor - rent? or make from linoleum? Continue with flattering twinkle lights, light wall Hang a huge sack of balloons in the middle of the dance floor, and release them at midnight
For New Year's Eve, a playlist is especially suited: 1999 by Prince, Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer, Auld Lang Sine (Pink Martini version) - preferably with karaoke lyrics, Season of Love from Rent, As Time Goes By from Casablanca, towards the end, Time after Time Cyndi Lauper, For the Longest Time by Billy Joel, Kind and Generous by Natalie Merchant, Matchbox Twenty - Back 2 Good - when time to leave
60s Rockin' Playlist: Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally Booker T & the MGs - Green Onions Dave Brubeck - Take Five Johnny Rivers - Secret Agent Man Aretha Franklin - Respect Aretha Franklin - Baby, I Love You Woolly Bully - Sam The Sham & Pharaohs Wilson Pickett - Land Of 1,000 Dances Shocking Blue - Venus The Archies - Sugar, Sugar The Twist - Chubby Checker Wild Thing - The Troggs Dusty Springfield - Son of a Preacher Man Wilson Pickett - In the Midnight Hour Chris Montez - Let's Dance Shout - Otis Day & The Knights Tommy James & The Shondells - Mony Mony The Rascals - Good Lovin' Temptations - Ain't Too Proud To Beg Temptations - Get Ready Three Dog Night – Joy to the World The Exciters - Tell Him The Kingsmen - Louie Louie Little Eva - The Locomotion The Beatles- Twist n' Shout Mitch Ryder - Devil With a Blue Dress Spencer Davis Group - Gimme Some Lovin' Roy Orbison - Pretty Woman Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Are Made for Walkin' The Kinks - All Day And All Of The Night The Contours -Do You Love Me
Plus, a few classic slow dances... Percy Sledge - When a Man Loves a Woman Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody Elvis - Can't Help Falling in Love Frankie Valli - Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Champagne Cocktails, other cocktails like Manhattan. Have on hand sparkling wines to toast the New Year, like Prosecco. Have fake champagne and Italian sodas & sparkling water available for designated drivers. Pear and lemon-lime Italian sodas, and lemon-lime sparkling water. Stock a bar with other things that people might want to drink.
Washed green grapes Bruschetta made with Cannabis-Spinach-Artichoke Dip
Celebration Feast with Champagne
Prosecco pear cocktail
Warm Spinach Salad - Sparkling Wine Breadsticks - parmesan straws Oysters Rockefeller - Sparkling Wine Shrimp Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta Almond-Pear Tart Limoncello Sparkler
See what seafood is fresh and in season before make final decision
Midnight Toast & Dessert Sparkling Wine Almond biscotti dipped in dark chocolate Cappuccino
Canna Pick: Urban Poison - good for parties, dancing, and alertness Can pre-roll beforehand so don't have to stop the action, store joints in an old-fashioned cigarette case.
Urban Poison is a relatively new version of the famous Durban Poison from South Africa. In this strain, breeders have crossed Durban Poison with Northern Lights. The mind blowing result is a mostly sativa variety that retains the juniper flavor and trippy high of its South African parent. Many people will find something special in the deep woodsy aroma and flavor. The fresh pine and juniper smells remind one of the smells in the forest, like walking under a canopy of high cedar trees where pine needles blanket the ground. Once cured, Urban Poison buds crumble nicely and burn evenly. The elevated affect creeps into the consciousness and then through the body, with a long lifespan to the high. This is an urban brain safari. It has a cheerful, alert quality that is great for energetic activities, like dancing. Because Urban Poison offers an extended high, most would benefit by allocating plenty of time for the effects to wear off.
Things to Do
Socializing, Eating, Drinking, and Dancing. Towards midnight, watching the ball drop in Times Square
Games, which will vary depending on the size of the group: Lottery Game, BingoSuper Tombola - Italian Bingo, or Bunco would work well with a large group. A medium-sized group might enjoy Trivia games or Karaoke; small groups can play board games like Charades or Scrabble, or card games like Blackjack.
Take lots of pictures and make a black and white scrapbook.
New Year's parties often last until sunrise the next day. Here is a simple yet delicious breakfast for all-night partiers:
New Year’s Day Brunch Fresh-Squeezed Orange Juice - mimosas? Good Italian coffee or cappuccino - Illy Crusty Bread Nutella or gianduja chocolate-hazelnut spread Spinach frittata
The magnesium in the spinach helps to replace electrolytes lost by drinking.
Eventually, you’ll want to sleep off the festivities from the night before, wake up & take a warm bath & do some gentle yoga, generally detox from the excesses of the night before.
Here are some natural hangover remedies: Lemon Honeystix - lemon aromatherapy & restore blood sugar Celestial Seasonings Wellness Tea, Tummy Mint - calm an upset stomach Emergen-C Super Orange - re-hydrate and restore electrolytes & vitamins Cetaphil Daily Advance Lotion for Dry Sensitive Skin - rehydrate skin Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt Soaking Solution with Eucalyptus Spearmint - soothe muscle aches & pains Village Naturals Therapy Foaming Bath Oil, Aches & Pains - soothe muscle aches & pains YogaNap: Restorative Poses for Deep Relaxation YogaNap: Restorative Poses for Deep Relaxation
These items can be used to create a "get well" gift basket for someone special. Bulk bath salts can be repackaged in cello treat bags. Cut them down to 3/4 size, fill with 1-2 cups of bath salts, tie and label. Wilton Clear Party Bags
Cozy New Year’s Day Dinner Sausage and Lentils Mashed Potatoes Stuffed Artichokes Fresh grapes and pears Natural Italian Soda
Box of Clementines for Snacking
Spa: "You must bathe in milk and sleep all day." - quote from Mad Men
**Intense Hydration** Paraffin hands - to warm and re-hydrate hands Change into bathrobe, hydrating scalp treatment Warm hydrating bath & shampoo oil out Move to a specially heated and humidified room. Massage with warm oil or body butter (Vitamin E) Sinus relief face massage with hot towel, cold stones, and breathe easy aromatherapy Bottle of spring water - San Pellegrino
**Sweet Dreams** Bubble Bath - baby sleep bath and sleep comes easy bath salts Gentle massage with baby sleep lotion, sleep comes easy lotion, Dr. teal's lavender oil sleep beats or dream time CD, sleep comes easy pillow spray or lavender room spray Lavender eye mask and Better Sleep hypnosis CD Sleepy Time herbal tea Bring home a care package of sleep aid products used in the massage.
Inspiration Destination: New York, New York: Night Hotel has black & white theme and is in Times Square. Greenwich Village, Washington Square Hotel; SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (better known as MoMA), shopping, Film Forum, Theater District & Broadway Shows.
Go on a Mad Men tour, by day or by night.
Carlyle Hotel - black & White & Sense Spa - INTENSE HYDRATION treatments