Do's and Don'ts Guide on New Year's Eve

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 12/30/2013 | 12:00 PM EST

Make the most of the New Year's Eve with these helpful tips

Though everyone obsesses over how they should bring in the new year, very few have directions as to how they should go about New Year’s Eve, one of the busiest and most lively nights in the world. While for some it’s a night to pop champagne bottles and party until the clock strikes twelve, it’s important to understand that there are rules to a fun and drama-free New Year’s celebration. In case you need a little direction, Centric compiled this list of do’s and don’ts for your convenience.

DO Have Plans
One of the most common mistakes people make on New Year’s Eve is not solidifying their plans. There’s nothing worse than trying to figure out your move for the night at the very last minute, only to end up roaming the streets with friends to see where life takes you. While this could go really good or really bad, it’s probably best that you make a decision and stick to it.

DO NOT Get Too Wasted
Drinking and New Year’s Eve are practically synonymous. However, overdoing it can ruin the entire experience. Be sure to watch your alcohol intake (as well as your friends) to ensure that a night that’s supposed to end in celebration doesn’t turn into an evening of vomiting and passing out.

DO Celebrate With The Right People
Who you choose to bring in the new year with is crucial. Whether it’s your family, best friends or your significant other, be sure to be surrounded by people who make you happy. Being with loved ones when the countdown begins is more symbolic than anything, but it sure beats being with people or environments that will only aggravate you.

DO NOT Make Your Move At The Wrong Time
This mistake is made more often than you think. To avoid being stuck in a subway or in traffic when the clock strikes, you may want to plan ahead of time. No one wants to spend the first moment of their New Year’s in a car or cramped train car with a bunch of strangers. The general rule is to stay put wherever you are by 11 p.m.

DO Feel Free to Bar/House Hop
Don’t feel the need to commit yourself to one particular venue on New Year’s Eve night. If you’re invited to multiple parties or events, feel free to pass by each one. Just be sure that you plan accordingly and visit them in order of importance.

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