Easy New Year's Eve Party Planning

Updated: Dec 29, 2021

Out with the Old, In with the New

I am sure we have all been there, and done that, picturing the where in your head, imagining the perfect setting, who will be there with you for that

magical moment, counting down the minutes, literally, and when it finally arrives. Huh! Wait a minute, Mr. or Ms. wonderful is distracted, or tipsy, or looking the other way, or worse yet have plans of their own, and Wham, the New Year smacks you upside the head. You missed the countdown, you have to watch the ball drop on reruns, no magical, momentous hug or kiss and the next year is starting much like the last year.

Makes you feel like Charlie Brown and the Red headed girl.

My best memories have been more individual situations, less pressure to celebrate visibly, and now it seems more in keeping with this new normal. Maybe a quite toast to absent friends and family and enjoy the company we now have. So, coming back to the now…

We are so caught up in the hype of the perfect New Year’s Eve that we miss what is important.

And as we slip comfortably into our wiser years, our dreams and wishes should evolve closer to reality. Sorry about that, I never should use the word slip, ease in would have been a better choice.

So now it is time to shake up the Etch-A-Sketch, make a clean slate, “look out world, here I come”, maybe this year I will even do my crossword puzzles in ink? Well at least I can make a list of all the resolutions that I really will do this time around, even if it is only on post-it notes, but I will write them in ink.

The Resolutions List

And again, we get caught up in the hype. We pull out all the old favorites, lose weight, stop smoking, exercise every day, start a new savings plan, maybe put a $5 dollar bill in a jar every time I would have bought a pack of smokes. I bet I can do better than last year when I took all 3 bills out and bought cigarettes on January 5th.

No siree bob, not this year, this is going to be the year of Me. I will keep in contact with friends, reach out and touch someone more often, I will pay it forward, and let my inner self shine.

Just don’t turn on the news. It will try to disrupt all your plans, this year’s new normal pandemic response is the same as before, be careful, do this, don’t do that, stay home, stay safe. Well, if I can’t go out at least I can get groceries delivered or do curbside pick-up. And they won’t sell me cigarettes, but yaayy, they will sell me wine and beer. All is not lost. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Or maybe it’s just a cork.

New Year, here I come! Let’s do it up right and celebrate our fresh make over.

Ok, so how can I get this party started. Well, if you are like many of us you already have a party planner, a perfect list maker, and someone to remind you of things you still need to do just waiting in the wings. No, I'm not talking about your spouse, I am talking someone less demanding, I am talking about an Alexa, or a Siri, or whatever you call your AI. Everybody has someone, if not on your countertop, it is on your phone.

I am going to call them all Alexa to make this simpler. The first step to organizing a party is creating a list; so, let’s do the food list first.

Alexa put wine on my shopping list, and oh yeah add some flip side pretzel crackers, some ritz crackers, and some cheese cubes. Next, I better decide who to invite, and what they like to eat and drink.

Damn, I really am a great host! Alexa, start a guest list and put Mark and Linda on it, and Tony and Kerri, and don’t