Ring in 2016 with one of these unique (but affordable) dates.
There's no need to spend a fortune on New Year's Eve. Try something new and celebrate with one of these romantic, inexpensive New Year's Eve date ideas.
1. Dress, Drink, Dance
For a semi-traditional type of NYE celebration, find a great local show. Dress up in coordinating outfits, get a few drinks to loosen up your nerves and dance the night away together. Stumped at what concert to attend? Check out an app like StubHub to locate plenty near you. Try to find a small venue that’s in close proximity to where the two of your live. That way, at the end of the evening, you’ll be able to quickly rush home to finish the night on a sexy note.
2. A “Quiet” Night At Home
For some folks, a nice evening alone with their honey is the best way to celebrate the holiday that most people go all-out on in groups. If you’re the type who would prefer a less crowded night, why not light some candles and pamper each other? I(Did you know there's a candle that melts into a massage oil? Yep.) Afterward, mix up a couple of cocktails, pop in a sexy flick and simply enjoy each other’s company. Plus, when midnight hits, you can do more than just kiss.
3. Moonlit Boat Ride
Channel your inner Ariel and Eric by renting a boat and rowing out under the stars in nearby like— odds are you'll spot some fireworks somewhere in the sky. Pack a blanket, champagne and strawberries and cuddle to the perfect (pre-prepared) Spotify playlist. (Just don't tip the boat if you plan on your own "fireworks.")
4. Potluck Party
Are you two a new item? Have a little party with both his and your closest friends so you can all become acquainted. Prepare some drinks and appetizers yourselves — pre-party activities that can really bring out a partnership for you two — but also ask everyone to bring a dish. You’ll have a great get-together that will not only help you meet each other’s loved ones but also get you excited for your future as a team.
5. Cabin In The Woods
Are you and your beau nature lovers? Have a romantic getaway in the wilderness by renting a cabin. Think you two can’t afford it? Think again: there are tons of websites that feature last-minute deals as well as discounted gift certificates for fun vacation spots on Groupon Getaways and LivingSocial. Using one of these can get you a great price on a lovely location for you to share a wonderful, isolated holiday.
6. New Year’s Nostalgia
Sometimes, couples who have been together for a long time forget the things that turned them into a pair in the first place. Plan out a “memory trail” of sorts, wherein the two of you go to spots you can reminisce at. For example, if you went on your first date at a coffee shop, go there at the beginning of your night. Have a favorite restaurant? Reserve a table and order your favorites. Had a first kiss in a park nearby? Re-create that with a nice, long walk together and remind yourselves why you make a great team. It’ll be the perfect close to a solid year together.
Time for couples skate only! Put on your snuggly sweaters and scarves, lace up your boots and hold onto to each other for dear life as you glide across the ice. There's just something terribly romantic about the entire ice-skating scene. Amiright? Warm up afterward with a cup of hot chocolate (spiked with peppermint schnapps, of course!) and walk through town hand-in-hand to enjoy the holiday decorations one last time before kicking off the new year.
9. Backyard Campout
Take advantage of a mild winter by going camping right in your own backyard! Light up the fire pit and roast marshmallows before retiring inside a tent to read some old-school erotica by flashlight. Too cold where you are? Build an old-school "fort" in your living room and cuddle inside!
10. Game On!
Grab some of your coupled up friends, champagne (or hard booze), and get all of your favorite games out of the closet — from Uno to Pictionary and make a nostalgic night of it. Not feeling social? Play a head-to-head game of strip poker or dirty Scrabble with your main squeeze.