Look, as wonderful as it is, New Year’s Eve parties can come with a bit of baggage. We all want it to be fun and memorable, but there’s always a degree of FOMO and pressure to make it “THE BEST NEW YEAR’S EVER!” Just relax. Forget all the hype and follow our awesome tips for celebrating New Year’s Eve 2017. Let’s keep it light and breezy. Here are six great ways to ring in the new year with enjoyable ease and style.
1) Rent a hotel suite with friends
Sure, you could go out and spend $250 a couple on a pricey tapas dinner that leaves you wanting much more food. Or, why not just pool that money towards a swanky hotel penthouse suite for the night? Then, all you have to do is order some pizzas, head down to the hot tub and you’re set. PRO-TIP: Just try to make sure you’re not the one who has to put the credit card down for the room. Perhaps suggest credit card roulette, but throw in your library card instead.
2) Hit the karaoke bar
What better way to bring 2016 to a close than by fully embracing the absurdity of it all and singing some bad Karaoke? Note, there is no good karaoke, only differing degrees of bad karaoke. And that’s alright because it’s a blast no matter what. Just try belting out Loverboy’s “Working For the Weekend” and tell us you’re not having fun. You can’t.
3) Binge watch that show you’ve been putting off
Hey, have you seen The Wire or Stranger Things yet? Of course you have, and you’re sick of being asked. But why pain yourself watching Ryan Seacrest or worse, Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin, when there are a ton of great series out there perfect for binging. Here are a few shows that you simply MUST SEE:
4) Host a game night with friends
Forget the fancy party with an overpriced cash bar and the long bathroom line. Just invite some friends over for board games and cocktails. It doesn’t mean you have to play Monopoly or Parcheesi. There are some really fun games out there, like in this Game Night Crate, which ranks right up there among the best party gifts for men. Cards Against Humanity is another game that will leave you all laughing, while also questioning the sanity of at least one player, which is always a kick.
5) Book an Escape Room
Imagine you have one hour to solve a murder or find and diffuse a bomb…could you and your your friends do it? Most likely not, but we’ve all watched enough police procedurals to give us a fighting chance. Escape Rooms first became all the rage in Russia, and Russia’s never let us down before, right?
6) Throw a speakeasy cocktail party
This sounds like a lot of work, but really it’s just a way to come up with some cool cocktail recipes. And if you have one of those secret swinging bookcases, it’s a great time to use it. Don’t worry about having to dress up too much either, because there were many hobos during the Prohibition Era and they got their drink on, too. Here are two cocktail recipes to get you started.
Death in the Afternoon
Also known as “The Hemingway.” Tired of obnoxiously sweet champagne cocktails? This drink is renowned for its combination of decadence and strength.
What you need
How you make it (according to Hemingway himself)
" 1) Pour one jigger* absinthe into a Champagne glass.
2) Add iced Champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness.
3) Drink three to five of these slowly."
*A jigger is a fancy way of saying “shot,” so 1.5 ounces.
The Bee’s Knees
Extremely popular during prohibition, this cocktail has a delicate balance of sweetness and tartness, you know, like a SweeTART. But there’a also the benefit of gin. To put it in other animal terms, the Bee’s Knees is totally the cat’s meow.
What you need
How to make it
To make honey syrup, mix ½ cup honey and ½ cup water in a saucepan over medium heat. Once the honey and water have combined, let the syrup cool. Pour gin and lemon juice into a cocktail glass and add 4 oz. of the honey syrup. Serve over ice.
On behalf of the Man Crates team, have a Happy New Year with none of the hype!