5 Ways to Spend New Year’s Eve When You’re Pregnant
I can remember the last crazy New Year's Eve I had. I was 25 (of course) and I hadn't met my husband yet. Mexican food at 9 p.m., pink champagne at midnight, multiple bars, and the DD dropping the whole crew off around 4 a.m.
It's safe to say my life has changed dramatically in the past eight years.
These days, our New Year's Eve celebrations are much more laid back. When we rang in 2011, we had to take a nap first, setting the alarm for 10 till midnight and waking up our newborn to celebrate (and just why did we do that?) The last two were so memorable, I don't even recall what we did, although I do believe it included pajamas and falling asleep soon after the ball dropped.
This year, I'm pregnant, so even if there were adult beverages to be imbibed — even if I wasn't a 30-something married mom who would rather spend any given night in my pajamas than out at the swankiest party — a wild New Year's Eve is not in the cards for me. That doesn't mean pregnant ladies can't have a rockin' New Year's Eve. Here are five fun ways to celebrate the new year without feeling left out (I can't help you if you fall asleep in the middle of the party, though.)
Milk & Cookies Party
Take your New Year's Eve old school — like, elementary old school — with a milk and cookies party. Instead of cocktails, serve homemade milk shakes served in martini glasses. Ask your guests to bring their own favorite cookies for a cookie exchange, and make sure you have freshly baked cookies in the oven. For entertainment, play some old school games like Twister (which is interesting for a pregnant lady, huh?) Pictionary, or Life.
Invite your friends over for a night at the movies! Send tickets in lieu of actual invitations, and “collect” the tickets at the door. Line your floor and couches with lots of comfy pillows and serve bowls of movie theater threats: gourmet popcorn in a variety of flavors, jelly beans, and Skittles. Rent or download the latest new release for your screening and, for fun, play a trivia game before you start the movie to give your party the feel or a real movie (previews and all!) A movie night is easy to throw together and is a low-key way to ring in the new year with your feet propped up.
This one is for the girls — and could even be a fun way to include the younger crowd. Invite your best girlfriends (especially other pregnant friends or friends with young daughters) to wear their tackiest pajamas — yes, footie pajamas should be encouraged — for a fun, slumber party style fete. Plan to pamper by including manicures, pedicures, and facials. Serve homemade pizza, root beer floats, and ice cream sundaes, and turn on some pop music for an at-home dance party. This event should be fun, laid back, and reminiscent of the more innocent New Year's Eve parties of your youth. As an added bonus, you can trick someone into painting your toes (you know you can't reach them anyway!) Worried about the guys? Don't. There are plenty of games on TV.
This one is all about the sweet stuff in life. Invite your friends over for a dinner party, and create a menu based around chocolate, from appetizers like chocolate covered potato chips or brie, strawberry, and chocolate grilled cheese to a main course with chocolate flavoring, like this chipotle and chocolate chili. Serve non-alcoholic chocolate martinis and don't forget plenty of Hershey's kisses — who doesn't love kisses at midnight!? Since many pregnant women (including myself) crave chocolate, this is a perfect match.
Looking to get away with your sweetie before your baby arrives? New Year's Eve is a great time to book a weekend trip or short vacation with your significant other. Many spas, hotels, and B&Bs offer New Year's Eve special rates and packages, and some even have events to help you ring in the new year without any preparation or planning. One word of caution: some popular destinations book up quickly for New Year's Eve, so plan accordingly or choose a more out-of-the-way location. After all, it's who you're with, not where you are, that really matters.
What are your New Year's Eve plans?