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December 31, 2009

New Year's Eve in DC

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I have a love-hate relationship with New Year's. I love getting dressed up and going out with friends, but I hate the ridiculous pressure in making plans and the insane amount of money you have to front to go out. Seriously- it should be illegal to charge $150 at the door unless they are planning on donating it to a charity.

If you still don't know what you're doing tonight, here are some ideas that will hopefully help you ring in 2010:

  • Party with friends at a house or apartment. Get some easy appetizers and whip up a signature cocktail asking everyone else to bring something. You will save money, sanity and if you go out you are likely to be socializing with your own group anyway.
  • Hotel parties where you will probably pay too much, but guaranteed drinks, music and fun. You may have needed to buy advanced tickets though.
  • Take your pick of numerous bars, clubs and lounges having New Year's parties that you don't likely need advanced tickets to
  • Celebrate with a good meal and cocktails at a nice restaurant. Many restaurants across the DC area  have special menus and party specials- it is likely to be difficult to get a reservation at this point but don't be afraid to call though. People DO cancel at the last minute. I did it last year when I got the flu and got charged $120 for it. Thanks Hudson.
Whatever your plans, I hope you have a safe and fun celebration. Happy New Year!


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