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Time for Romance: Creating the Right Mood for New Year's Eve

Who says the only way to ring in the New Year is at a crowded party? If you and your beloved want to go with something more intimate, these tips will make your private celebration something the two of you will remember all year long.

Come Up with the Plans Together

Does a romantic meal for two at home sound good? How about an early dinner at your favorite restaurant, then retiring to a hotel suite? New Year's Eve is a time to have things you want, so forget diets and other practical stuff. Create a memory both of you will remember fondly for the rest of your lives.

Prepare That Special Place

Whether you end up at home or in a suite, there are a few things you need to have handy. Arrange for candles, soft music, and a movie or two that you both like. Champagne on ice for midnight is traditional, but feel free to substitute with any beverage that you prefer. If your relationship has reached a certain level of intimacy, clean sheets complete with some rose petals scattered on the bed is a nice touch.

Disconnect from the Rest of the World

Shut off the cell phone, let calls to the home phone go to voice mail, and turn off the computer. Murphy's Law dictates that all these devices demand attention at the least appropriate moment. Put the odds in your favor by being inaccessible until the morning light.

Take Your Time

There's no deadline and the meter isn't running. Finish your dinner, watch the movie, and settle in to watch the ball drop on television. Step onto the balcony to watch the local fireworks display. Keep the pace relaxed and unhurried; after all you'll only celebrate this particular New Year's Eve one time.

A Kiss to Remember

There's an old tradition that says the first kiss of the New Year sets the tone for the next 12 months. Take your time and start tenderly, but with small hints of what is to come. As the kiss progresses, you can get a little more intense, and finally allow the kiss to move on to whatever else the two of you are comfortable with. If you start off with the right kind of kiss, neither of you will have any idea when all the cheering, screaming, and fireworks stop. Instead, you'll be busy creating fireworks of your own.

Final Words of Advice

Celebrating New Year's Eve, like any holiday, is meant to be fun. If you and your beloved lean more toward the non-traditional, then go for it. The important thing is the two of you are together for the holiday, so celebrate any way you please.

In order to prevent hurting the feelings of friends and relatives, tell them in advance that the two of you have decided on a simple celebration for two. Let them know you'll be glad to get together the following day or maybe the first weekend of the New Year.

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DWDavisRSL wrote on December 26, 2015, 6:53 PM

This New Year's will be the first one my wife and I have celebrated as just a couple in twenty-four years. Both our grown sons, who are home for Christmas, have their own plans for New Year's.

RuthCox wrote on December 28, 2015, 1:11 PM

Sounds like lovely plans for a couple to ring in the new year together in a romantic atmosphere. However, there are those who are not part of a pair...

lookatdesktop wrote on December 30, 2015, 6:25 PM

I like the idea of disconnecting from the rest of the world.

MegL wrote on October 16, 2016, 3:38 AM

That's a great way to keep a relationship strong.