I am so NOT a party girl. I wish the new year began at about 9 PM because that's when I was ready for bed last night. I managed to stay awake through sheer willpower and not wanting to disappoint someone who means the whole world to me.
This someone planned a lovely meal for the two of us: beautiful spinach salad, steak, asparagus, special potatoes and champagne. Loved the champagne but after the second glass I just wanted to curl up on the couch and fall asleep. See, NOT a party girl.
About 10 years ago we "did" one of those New Year's packages that included dinner and dancing at a hotel and a room for the night. The hotel room was the really important part because we didn't have to face a long drive home after an evening of eating and drinking - something guaranteed to make us a statistic. It was so much fun to dress up, wear party hats and do the big countdown at midnight with a big group of happy people. I wouldn't want to do it every year because then it wouldn't be special, but I had always wanted to spend New Year's Eve at the sort of place you see on TV: big crowd, great music, everyone looking like they're having a great time. So one year we did it even though it was ridiculously expensive and it was everything I'd imagined.
RW, on the other hand, really enjoys being at home. He hates being out on "amateur night". Now that he's discovered cooking he enjoys the process even more. Such a quiet evening is almost TOO quiet for me after I've worked all day. There's nothing like a big meal with alcohol followed by a Marx Brothers movie to ensure that I'll be sound asleep before midnight. I really need an afternoon nap if I'm going to stay up past 10 or 11. Maybe next year I'll take New Year's Eve off so I can be ready because after all the work that RW goes through to make the night special I feel like an ungrateful bitch when I start dozing off before midnight.
I hope your New Year's Eve ended with a kiss with someone you loved. Mine did. I suppose the venue isn't so important - it's the people you're with that really count.