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7 Essential New Year’s Sites

December 29, 2010
by findingDulcinea Staff
Whether you’re heading out on the town or planning a quiet night in with friends and family, there are ways to make New Year’s a memorable occasion. Use the Web sites below to find creative ideas and delicious recipes to ring in the New Year, and even get moral support for those New Year’s resolutions.

Have Fun on New Year’s Eve

New Year’s is renowned for celebrations, everywhere from Times Square to the slopes of Aspen. If you’re looking for a party, Sherman's Travel can lend a hand. The publication counts down the Top Ten Places to Ring in the New Year for 2011, including traditional favorites like New York and Las Vegas, snowy destinations like Aspen, sunny spots like Rio and Miami, and European cities like Edinburgh and Berlin. Sherman's also lists travel deals for each destination, and furnishes a comprehensive travel guide for each locale.
For something a little more family oriented, Disney FamilyFun offers 10 tips from its readers for throwing a New Year’s party that the kids can enjoy. Look for creative ideas like how to make a layer cake with a fortune in each slice, or how to get everyone dancing with “the Bubble Wrap Stomp.”

You’ll find inspiration for decorations you can make at home, silly games to keep the kids occupied and even ideas for quiet reflection that can help make the occasion a thoughtful event. The suggestions here aren’t just for kids; the kid at heart can have a great time with these ideas, too.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Epicurious is a dependable source of recipes and cooking inspiration, featuring resources from an array of culinary magazines, some of which are no longer being printed.

The site's New Year's Day Guide includes entertaining tips and several different menus, including a New Year's Day Brunch menu. The selection of recipes includes tempting offerings from Bon Appetit and Gourmet, such as Honey Almond Granola, Evergreen Frittata and Baked Egg Custard with Gruyere and Chives.

Epicurious also has a New Year's Eve Guide, with budget entertainment tips, video demonstrations on New Year's Eve party planning, a cocktail party planning guide, plus lots of recipes for drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

Explore New Year’s Superstitions

You’re sitting in front of the TV next to your significant other, champagne in hand, counting down the minutes until the ball drops. But why are you here? You’re witnessing the end of a year and celebrating fresh beginnings, but is that really all that New Year’s is about?

Snopes.com is here to tell you why we kiss at midnight on New Year’s Eve, and to reveal some more obscure New Year's superstitions and customs. Did you know that nothing should leave your home on the first day of the New Year? That you shouldn’t cry, either? But if you were born on January 1, count your blessings: you'll be lucky throughout your life.

Relax on New Year’s Day

Not all the fun takes place on the eve of the New Year. In the United States, football fans settle back on the couch on New Year’s Day to enjoy the national pastime. Is New Year’s Day synonymous with football in your house? Then ESPN will provide you with everything you need to plan your day.

Make New Year’s Resolutions

January 2 usually marks the date when we break our New Year’s resolutions. So on January 3, it’s time to really kick “Operation Fulfill New Year’s Resolutions” into high gear. Upholding all your resolutions isn’t easy on one’s own, however. That’s where 43 Things comes in.

43 Things wants to help you achieve your goals. Sign up, create an account of the 43 things (or less) that you want to accomplish, and get the support you need to keep those resolutions. If you’re looking for inspiration, take a look at other people’s lists of what they want to do with their lives. Or help other people by joining in the discussions and posting a comment.

More New Year’s Resources

See the findingDulcinea New Year’s Web Guide for even more ideas on how to make your New Year’s a memorable one, and consult the findingDulcinea New Year’s Resolutions Web Guide for help setting and keeping goals for the next 12 months.

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