A single girl’s guide to New Year’s Eve
'All the single ladies!'
New Year’s Eve, the biggest party night of the year, is looming, and as a singleton you’re probably, like us, approaching it with a mixture of dread and excitement. Let’s face it, this is the night we all love to hate.
Before you reach for your pint of gin and dancing shoes (in that order) have a read of this super simple guide to flying solo at NYE.
1. Manage your expectations
Yes we know, what a boring thing to say but it’s true. NYE is a night out like any other. This is not a Cinderella deal.– Yes you might lose a shoe, but if you don’t find your Prince/Princess/Non-Binary Royal Of Choice by the end of the night it doesn’t mean you’re destined to live a life of celibacy.
2. Choose your party plans wisely
With the above in mind, maybe the intimate dinner party held by your coupled up friends isn’t the best way to see in the night for a single gal about town. If not with your besties, aim for a mixed group of friends (coupled or not) that are out and about, or maybe another single mate to head out with. –Of course, as always with any night out-out, there’s no pressure to pull, but you’re not ruling out meeting someone new either. The possibilities are endless!
3. Put your phone away!
We all know that after a few sweet ales the temptation to text the ex or spend the entire night artfully curating a series of ‘having SO much fun’ instagram stories rather than actually talking to people IRL is a modern-day affliction that happens to us all.
Thankfully, like most things, there’’s an app for that. To avoid the dreaded fear the next day you can use Drunk Text Saviour or Drunk Text Blocker (the Oops! App). One of these apps, alongside a pinch of discretion, should save your hungover blushes.
Alternatively, leave the phone at home. Let everyone else record the evening’s events and spend the night hands free and with more clutch bag space. Just make sure your pal knows where and who you’re with first.
4. Don’t peak too soon
We love a glass of prosecco as much as the next person, but you don’t want to be throwing up in the loo pre-midnight and missing kind of the whole point of the evening. Pace yourself, eat before you go out and keep an eye on your drinks. Yes we sound like your mother but you can never be too careful! Note: this applies to anyone going out on NYE, being single tends not to affect your capacity for holding your drink.
5. Be Bold
If you do see a nice looking person at the bar, go over and say hello. Sounds old school, but it really is as simple as that. It’s either that, or strategically plant yourself very near to them come countdown and make sure when that midnight moment arrives you’re in kissing distance. Generally, a solid, ‘Hi, I’m (insert name)’ tends to be more successful.
6. Last but not least: ENJOY
NYE is a great excuse for a good night out with your friends. Think about all the wonderful things you can do in the new year, and all the great things you’ve achieved this year. Put the last year to bed and see in the New Year feeling positive. Being single is awesome. So feel empowered about it. No drama. Have fun and Happy New Year.
FROM ELLE UK