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How to Have a Happy, Not Hypey, New Year’s Eve

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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:

  • Happy Endings – One of the more underrated sitcoms of the last 15 years, and tragically there are only 3 seasons, so you can speed through them.
  • Search Party – This slightly twisted, dark comedy on TBS about self-absorbed millennials (isn’t that redundant?), is surprisingly addictive with a season-long mystery that has some good twists along the way.
  • Deadwood – Not a fan of the way Westworld wrapped up?Saddle up with HBO’s best western series.
  • The Expanse – It’s a well-written, complicated sci-fi series with great production value and surprises you won’t see coming. This show will kill off pretty much anyone, but not in a gross Walking Dead way. It’s tasteful.
  • Black Mirror – Think 2016 was bad? Wait until you get a glimpse at the bleak, technologically frightening future of this Twilight Zone-ish drama. You’ll feel so much better about things!

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

  • 1.5 oz. absinthe (legal in almost all states!)
  • 4.5 oz. champagne
  • Ice

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

  • 8 oz. gin
  • 4 oz. lemon juice
  • 4 oz. honey syrup (see instructions)
  • Lemon peel for garnish

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!