New Year's Eve: House Parties vs Club Parties 2011

New Year's Eve: House Parties vs Club Parties 2011

by Pete Tremblay
09.02.2010

New Year’s Eve is one of, if not, the most popular nights to celebrate on the calendar. With such a momentous occasion, the most difficult question to consider is HOW and WHERE will you be celebrating this year?

When sorting through all of the possible options of celebration, things generally funnel themselves into two separate categories: stay in or go out, or for our nightlife centric argument, house/loft party versus commercial nightlife.  Both options offer very different means to a similar end. On one hand there is a relatively small crowd of familiar faces in a private spot sharing the moment with mostly old friends and acquaintances, celebrating TV-side with Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest, counting the minutes down as the ball drops into the sea of people (that you are avoiding) in Times Square. On the other hand there are droves of faceless party-goers pushing themselves gingerly into a high energy environment where anything can happen at the drop of a hat and usually does. The idea being pursued no matter what the decision is to have an amazing social experience and memorable start/ending of the year with as little drama and disappointment as possible. The evening’s venue is the stage where this will all play out. Let’s weigh the options of both choices.

Socializing : House Party    

Pros:
You can have that laugh with an old friend that you haven’t seen for a while, chat up your date with ease and comfort on the couch or on a secluded balcony as well as find a nice comfortable place in the backyard/front porch to pass out on with minimal police involvement.

Cons: Your ex might be invited to the same party, forcing you to (painfully) watch her hook up with her most recent fling in the bathroom, on the floor, or anywhere else they might want to. There will be a point when the Jello shots have taken their toll, and the nearest bathroom is occupied by that ex. Hilarity/embarrassment will soon ensue as you paint the walls (or your ex) red with the remnants of that shot all while the photos wind up on Facebook, leaving your face as the running joke UNTIL next year.

Nightclub

Pros:
There is an infinite possibility of experiences to share with new and exciting people, all of which are primed and ready to have a great time. Who knows? You might also get a chance to meet that special someone, locking eyes from across the dance floor, making out by the time the ball drops with an out of control night ahead.

Cons: The girl you just hooked up with (that you didn’t know from eve) had no idea that her boyfriend was walking up to the club as you were playing tonsil hockey on the dance floor. “Bob” just got wind of your party plans and needs to have a word with you in the back ally where the cops won’t be able to distinguish your lifeless body from the other passed out party people on the side of the road. Nothing a night in the drunk tank as well as a $500 fine for public intoxication won’t cure.

Alcohol: Nightclub

Pros:
“What’ll It be!” is a welcome greeting from every bar tender. Whether it’s a top shelf or well-tastic decision, chances are good that any watering hole will have what you’re drinking, and it’ll be mixed right where you want it to be.

Cons: “What’ll it be!” comes with an unknown price tag until you cash out, and man, its going to be a long night with a huge “WTF” moment at the end when you wonder how the hell you’re going to pay this one off…that is if you’re even sober enough to remember to cash out.

House Party

Pros:
You know exactly how much you are going to spend because the BYOB rule is generally in full affect, and with the spirit of celebration, everyone is bringing a bottle of something, right? Plus you get to pour your own drinks, which means 75% alcohol 25% mix! LET’S GET FUCKED UP WITH THE BOYS!

Cons: Freeloaders are more prominent than the contributing members of society, and thus the leeches have decided it would be a good idea to drain the entire contents of that bottle of Single Barrel Jack Daniels Special Reserve you put on ice for you and your closest friends to indulge in at midnight, leaving you pissed off, sober and empty handed.

Regardless of the option that you chose to go with for the night’s event, it is most important to remember that no matter what you settle on doing, the key to a great night is appreciating the moment and celebrating as happily as you can. After all, you wont have another chance to live it up, (or live it down) again until next year at around midnight.

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