New Year’s Eve is a holiday that comes with lots of pressure—what party are you going to, what sparkly outfit are you wearing, do you have enough energy to stay up until midnight? These stressful questions always come up as the holiday approaches. But, a holiday spent with just your husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, or fiancé can make it feel less stressful and more romantic than a typical New Year’s Eve celebration.
There are many ways to have a romantic New Year’s Eve, whether you’re looking for a downtown outing or a cozy night in with your partner. Here are some ways to have a romantic New Year’s Eve this year.
A quiet night in is what many want after a hectic holiday season, but a quiet New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to mean a run-of-the-mill night at home. In the comfort of your own home, you and your partner can have a wine and cheese night that’s complete with an array of cheeses and wine pairings. Simply go to the store and select a variety of cheeses. Try picking out a few soft kinds of cheese, a few hard kinds of cheese, and a few cheese spreads, like a port wine cheese spread or a pimento cheese spread.
Also, be sure to pick out a variety of crackers and bread to pair with the cheese along with classic cheeseboard items like jams, honey, nuts, and olives. For wine, get a few bottles of your favorite wines and a bottle of champagne to pop at midnight. You can assemble all of the ingredients at home in the comfort of your coziest matching pajamas.
Many restaurants offer special New Year’s Eve menus that come complete with a glass of champagne. Make a New Year’s Eve dinner reservation at a special spot nearby—either a go-to favorite or a restaurant that's been on your to-try list for years.
The restaurant's vibe will dictate what outfit makes the most sense, but for a fancier establishment, wear a little black dress with a pair of metallic or sequined high-heeled shoes. For a more casual dinner, try a pair of black jeans with one of your favorite tunic tops.
New Year’s is a more formal holiday, even if you're spending it at a casual restaurant, so opting for an outfit that's a little dressier—like black jeans instead of blue jeans—is a good idea. And, if you have a sparkly option, it’s the perfect holiday for a bit of glitter.
A New Year’s Eve spent on the couch is an ideal way to feel fully rested as the new year approaches. Pop some popcorn, light a scented candle, make some hot chocolate, and have a romantic comedy movie marathon with your other half. Before the holiday, make a list of both of your favorite romantic comedies and establish a movie-watching order—this will also give you time to rent or buy the movies if they aren’t available on your streaming services.
Your warmest blankets and throws are all you need to cap off this relaxing night in.
If your home is full of little ones and pets, but you want to celebrate New Year’s Eve with just your partner, a nearby overnight getaway may be just what the doctor ordered. Have grandma watch the kids and plan a trip out of town! Certain inns and hotels are just oozing with romance—from spa packages to beds decorated with rose petals, it’s easy to feel wrapped up in love in the right environment. Book a New Year’s Eve stay at a romantic inn or hotel near your home and plan a few romantic activities while you’re there, too. Many hotels have champagne packages you can add to your room, while others have spas or on-site restaurants that are ideal for a couple looking for a romantic trip.
An overnight trip also gives you the opportunity to show off your finest winter fashion: pack one of your warm winter coats and matching winter accessories to wear throughout your overnight trip. Be sure to also pack a few cozy turtlenecks to wear to the hotel restaurant or bar.
Whether you want to stay in, have an out-of-town escape, or go out, there are many ways to have a romantic New Year’s Eve with your partner. All it takes is some simple planning before the holiday, and you’ll be ready to ring in the new year with romance in the air.