You’ve got to feel sorry for New Year’s Eve. It’s the holiday equivalent of the John Lewis advert – we’ve waited a year for it, so it bloody better overwhelm us with an unimaginable degree of emotion.

Year after year, we pin our hopes on this annual celebration being the biggest of the year, inevitably setting it up to be disappointing. Which is a bit unfair really, when you consider that the only thing that actually changes are the last two digits of your phone’s time and date.

On the other hand, we think the New Year’s Eve party is still as awesome as ever. It’s just a matter of focusing on why it is special. Here’s a little list to remind you to re-evaluate what you should expect from the evening.

FRIENDS RE-UNITED

Remember that mate of yours who you used to play football with? That one you got on really well with but your social circles don’t really overlap enough to see him casually and you’re not nearly close enough to organise a friend date? Well, New Year’s Eve is the perfect, hang-out-with-everyone kind of event to re-visit that neglected friendship.

A GOOD EXCUSE FOR A KISS

Fancy someone but can’t find the right moment to go in for the kiss? Wait ‘til the clock strikes 12 and make your move. You might get rejected, but then you can just laugh it off and say you got caught up in the New Year’s Eve moment (of course, all while your heart is slowly imploding inside you).

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

By now, we’re all sick of New Year’s resolutions, but that’s because we’re so boring with them. Stop promising yourself you’ll ‘lose weight’, and promise yourself you’ll ‘start kickboxing classes’ or something. The new year should be a time of optimism and potential – not a sentence to a year of depressing diet plans.

FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY, THE RULES CHANGE

Try to throw an epic house party at any other time of the year, and the odds are your neighbours will put in a noise complaint. On New Year’s Eve, however, they’ll hear your party, and probably come and join you for a drink.

ALL PARTYING, NO JUDGEMENT

Of course – we’re not encouraging you to go out and get stupidly drunk. However, we will say that this is one of the few nights of the year where absolutely no one will judge you if you do. (On the other hand, we probably will judge you if you don’t have a couple of drinks…)

THE WORLD’S MOST EPIC PARTIES

All around the world, local governments organise countdown parties of ridiculously epic proportions. This year, London Mayor Boris Johnson is organising a mammoth of a firework display, with over 100,000 expected to attend. Now THAT is a party worth waiting a year for.

AULD LANG SYNE (THE NEW YEAR’S EVE SONG)

We know it’s a bit cheesy, but there’s no point denying how sentimental you get when you’re linking hands with strangers and best friends alike as you all come together in the common cause of singing a song absolutely NO ONE knows the words to.

THE NEW YEAR’S DAY CHILL

It’s the day after the night before. Your brain feels like it’s been blended with vodka, and you need to rest. But guess what? Everyone else is in the same position, so New Year’s Day is a completely judgement-free zone. Chill, chill, chill to your heart’s content (unless of course, you’re one of the unlucky chumps who’s got to go to work).

See? New Year’s Eve is something to look forward to after all. Our advice is to focus on all of these lovely points we’ve made, and don’t expect too much from the evening and go with the flow.

In fact – forget that. Come and celebrate New Year’s Eve with us, where we’ll completely surpass your expectations of the night. Book a table now and get excited, because our New Year’s Eve party does not disappoint.

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