There is a belief that what you are doing on New Year’s becomes the theme for your next year. For some, it’s the one night of the year where an all-out party is de rigeur — lots of bubbly, party hats, noisemakers, and of course the requisite kiss at the stroke of midnight, followed by a boisterous version of "Auld Lang Syne" and toasts. Elsewhere around the world, the new year is ushered in with traditions like suckling pig or devouring exactly 12 grapes at midnight on the dot.
But when it’s just you and your significant other, isn’t a night in almost better (and after a raucous holiday, much needed) than a lavish night out on the town? Curling up with the one you love beats battling the crowds out in Times Square, especially when there is a roaring fire in front of you and candles all around. Plus, even if you’re making lamb chops for two and popping open a bottle of Veuve, it’s a lot less expensive than dining out.
Whenever I plan a New Year's, I always begin planning my celebration by centering the evening around my goal or theme for the coming year — whether it's spending more quality time with my husband, or simply cooking with him more. Do the same, focusing on what you want to have more of in your life the next year, and then follow my tips for a night that the two of you are sure to never forget!
Liza Utter is a celebrity restaurateur and hosting expert. For more of her tips, visit www.LizaAmericasHost.com.