Be Single (and Happy) on New Year’s Eve

New Years Eve’s is filled with champagne toasts, resolutions and romance. Or is it just a night like any other with high expectations leading the way for disappointments?  If you’re a single lady when ringing in 2012, don’t fret! There are ways to enjoy your night as the ball drops without a kiss from Mr. Right.

Host a Girls’ Night In. Invite all of your girlfriends over for a night of Harmonie cocktails, junk food and chick flicks. Get tipsy, indulge in calories before your January 1st cleanse and laugh the evening away with your favorite women.

Drink at a Dive. Corral your crew to a local dive bar to toast the New Year with cheap drinks and a possible kiss from a handsome stranger. Make new neighborhood friends without the pretention of a fancy ticket-only event.

Throw a Single’s Party. Know a few unattached ladies and gents? Invite each guest to extend the invite to another single person. Before you know it, your party will be filled with flirting singles who may possibly ring in the New Year with a future relationship, or at least a midnight kiss.

Pre-Fixe Dinner Deals. Make reservations with your best friends for a night at your favorite restaurant or a new dining establishment that you’ve been dying to try.  Splurge on a pre-fixe dinner of multiple courses of culinary art.

Indulge in “Me Time.” Can’t remember the last night you spent a few hours alone in your PJs, catching up on your DVR and feasting on Chinese takeout? Relax with a night to yourself for once. You won’t even miss the too-tight sequins dress, uncomfortably high heels, loud bar or drunk cohorts.

Sarah Shaker is an ex-soap opera producer, living, writing, and dating in the East Village. After launching Bright Lights, My City, a niche NYC lifestyle blog, she began working in community management and social media. Sarah is currently working for as the Regional Community Coordinator for, a hyperlocal website connecting neighbors to make their block a better place.

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