T-minus three months and the noughties are over. Personally, we can’t wait to see the back of them; a decade of bad politics, narcissism and danger which has left a sour taste in the mouth, make no mistake. But let’s look forward, with renewed vigour and optimism. If you’d like to bid farewell to the last ten as best you can, in style and sweetly, then read on; our 5 IDAL ways to celebrate NYE 2019 – 2020.

COCKTAIL PARTY PARADISE

Want to forget the last ten years? Us too, responsibly of course. So, you’ll find us drinking cocktails and pretending to be sophisticated this NYE. Check out these stylish cocktail recipes which will impress guests and get you merry in equal measure. Some of our favourites include:

  • Bellini cocktails
  • Champagne mimosas
  • Amaretto fizz
  • Espresso martini
  • Mulled wine

As your guests will more than likely spend most of their evening dancing, chatting, drinking and reminiscing, you can trust stomachs will soon rumble. To ensure they are still at your party or intimate gathering once midnight chimes, you should provide plenty of finger food they can enjoy in-between songs and conversations. No one fancies a sit down meal in this setting, right?

RENT OUT A LUXURY PRIVATE HOUSE

After a chaotic Christmas (don’t deny, it’s always chaotic), you and your loved ones might long for a break from the domestic setting, allowing you to relax, have fun and spend quality time together after what, for many, is a testing festive period. With the spirit of escaping the nest and looking forward, if you want to see 2020 in with style, consider organising a short break in a private, luxury house in the likes of Scotland, the Lake District or the Cotswolds. Representing a sense of freedom after the sometimes oppressive nature of the Christmas social calendar, somewhere like Big House Experience can cater to your every need.

HEAD TO EDINBURGH…

If you don’t fancy hosting anything, then a break away in a city of international partying repute could be your wisest move. Hogmanay (Scottish New Year’s celebrations) in Edinburgh has earned great fame through its boisterous knees up and emphasis on tradition. It’s a three day extravaganza, beginning on the 30th December with the Torchlight procession, running into the grand fireworks display on the night of the 31st and finally, culminating in the Loony Dook, a fancy-dress fuelled plunge into the city’s River Forth. Scotland in Winter is cold at the best of times, even before you consider a dip in freezing cold water, so be warned, this one is not for the faint hearted. Take in views of the evening’s fireworks from a high vantage point, which Edinburgh has plenty of, for maximum exposure to the illuminated Scottish skies.

….OR BERLIN

Or should you prefer to hit the continent to offer our European brothers and sisters solidarity, then Berlin’s NYE celebrations center around the iconic Brandenburg Gate, party-primed and pedestrianised for the night, it’s one of the best of its kind in the world.

Festival vibes fill the air, with DJs, live performances from major artists, and food trucks catering to your every hunger pang. I think we’ve talked about fireworks enough in Edinburgh, but it goes without saying that the ones here are spectacular, as you ought expect from a party which calls itself the biggest street party on the New Year’s Eve Calendar. Berlin is world-famous for a diverse, edgy and exciting nightlife and all those characteristics are turned up to 11 for the biggest night of the year. Europe’s finest, in our view.

KEEP IT LOCAL

Or, you could observe an increasingly popular New Year’s Eve tradition and stay home. In fact, last year saw two thirds of Brits intending to reject traditional parties in favour of their own familiar four walls. Who can blame them? Drinks prices (if you can get to the bar, that is) are extortionate, crowds huge and tickets needed for places you’d normally stroll into. So, how does a night of Netflix and nothing much else sound? 

 

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Rachel is the beauty and fashion director at IDEAL. She loves trying new products and is an avid fan of London's fashion, from the high end to the high street.