As New Year’s Eve edges closer and 2012 falls back further, locals push forward to shake the hand of the best year to come – 2013. Better step up those plans! 2012 is running out fast.
Sure, you could venture to the Cirque Du Solas on Glenwood Avenue for $75 a plate and take a whirl on four dance floors while enjoying the sounds of five disc jockeys along with fire dancers and belly dancers, or you could experience the NYE Raleigh 2013 at the Marriott Downtown with a complimentary glass of champagne topped off with a live look at the Raleigh Acorn drop. But most just get to the heart of the matter – First Night Raleigh!
First Night Raleigh is the City of Oak’s New Year’s Eve carnival juggling act. First Night Raleigh begins for kids at 2 pm as the rest-of-celebration kicks off at 6 pm for the most part. “Jumbo” choices include the Ferris wheel and post-parade fireworks. So much more.
You could watch the Raleigh Acorn drop first hand or watch it from the comforts of your own home. Check local listings.
There’s always Dick Clark’s (d.4/18/12) New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. A Dick Clark tribute is on tap between 8 pm and 10 pm (ABC). Seacrest follows at 10 pm to push 2012 off the grid and welcome 2013.
Tune to ABC Monday December 31, 2012 (beginning at 8 pm).
For those having New Year’s Eve parties looking for dishes to surprise guests, don’t use Chex. Chex in a bowl screams “I’ll serve anything!” Try something new.
Place melted white chocolate or white frosting inside of a bowl, dip a sugar (or sugar-free) cookie inside then dip the cookie in a bowl of crushed nuts, raisins, coconut shreds, chocolate chips, etc. Lay them nicely on a plate. You could also do this with pretzels.
How to personalize those holiday treats?
Replace the bowl of nuts (or etc.) with the color you desire to dip the very tips of the cookies. Therefore, two colors show – white and the color of your choice. Red for N.C. State fans, Carolina blue for Carolina fans, dark blue for Duke fans, purple and yellow/gold for E.C.U. fans, etc. Republicans can go full red, Democrats blue. Simply add food coloring to the white melted chocolate or white frosting. And there’s nothing wrong with a little message by way of small frosting tube. Place inside of a refrigerator for better taste. Serve.
Beverages are a must but what if you can’t afford the keg?
Take huge buckets lined with a festive waterproof tablecloth (non-running dyes), fill with ice, stick a couple of beers, wine coolers, waters, etc. inside, and place in various corners of the party location. Another corner of the party location could, most likely, use a trashcan/recycling bin.
Going full champagne? Champagne bottles should be on top of tables in smaller buckets of ice for various reasons. For the most part you need room for all the glasses you intend to surround the bucket. Don’t be modest on cocktail napkins. Always have some handy.
Drink tip: When serving liquor always chill the bottles. Drink responsibly.
Whether you are going out for the New Year’s Eve festivities, watching it from the television or experiencing it as a host of a party, 2013 should be a turning point of your life beginning with a New Year’s resolution.
Here’s over 50 New Year’s resolutions to choose from.
Happy New Year!