New Year's Eve outfit ideas and tips for Getting Ready on New Year's. #newyearseve #gettingready #goingout #newyearseveideas
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Frenzied Guide to Getting Ready on New Year’s

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How do you plan on getting ready on New Year’s? Will you be locking the bathroom door as your children bang on it? Perhaps throwing on a nice coat over your stained t-shirt and refusing to take it off all evening? Or, even better, paying the babysitter for an extra hour so you can actually make yourself look presentable? I’ve gone to three different events over the past month, ones that required more than my regular jeans, and I have a few ways to survive getting ready. Warning: Not meant to be taken entirely seriously. 🙂

1. Give yourself an extra hour when getting ready on New Year’s

New Year's Eve outfit ideas and tips for Getting Ready on New Year's. #newyearseve #gettingready #goingout #newyearseveideas

Well, okay, you guys, you actually can take this one seriously, especially if you’re a mom. However long you think it’s going to take you to get ready, start an hour before that. That gives you time for multiple interruptions, such as your husband barging in to have you decipher your son’s toddler babble or your dog sneaking in to destroy everything in the bathroom garbage can. Trust me, you need the extra hour.

2. If you can’t get an extra hour, wear something sparkly.

New Year's Eve outfit ideas and tips for Getting Ready on New Year's. #newyearseve #gettingready #goingout #newyearseveideas


The whole point of New Year’s fashion is to be flashy, right? Sparkly, metallic, whatever. If you’re wearing something really bold, maybe no one will notice that you’re not wearing any makeup and your hair hasn’t been styled in approximately six months.

3. If that’s not enough, make your hair shiny.

There’s so many shiny hair products, like this one.  I have curly, frizzy hair on the best of days, and I look like an 80’s hair band on the worst (okay, I secretly think those are the best, but don’t tell anyone), but I can put my hair up and spray those shiny products on and it looks like I tried. Getting ready on New Year’s is much easier when you don’t have to turn on a curling iron. If you’re really feeling sarcastic about it, don’t even get the shiny kind of spray. Get regular hair spray and put it in your normal hair. People will probably assume you did a lot of work.

4. Show up fashionably late.

Hear me out on this one guys. I’m not suggesting you wait to go to the party until you’ve spent hours making yourself look perfect. In fact, I’m suggesting the opposite. Don’t bother getting dressed up at all! Stay at home, drink a glass of wine, enjoy yourself. Or leave your kids and go hang out in the car for an hour just to get some peace. Whatever. Then you show up after everyone else is already drunk. They’ll tell you you look beautiful. Plus they’ll look wasted in all the pictures and you won’t, so it’s a win-win. 🙂

5. Still worried? Do some prep work.

I don’t mean prep yourself. Actually, I mean the opposite. Spend a couple of weeks running around town in your pajamas with crazy messy hair. Make sure you run into at least half of the other New Year’s party guests you expect to see. Then dress completely normal on New Year’s, perhaps with a clean shirt and brushed hair, and everyone will talk about how refreshed you look! How’s that for prep?

Well, I know all you busy ladies will look fantastic on New Year’s no matter how much time you have to get ready. Concerned I was a little too silly with this advice? Sorry, but I am the person who suggested you jump under a table to avoid political conversations, so I’m not sure what you thought you’d get!

New Year's Eve outfit ideas and tips for Getting Ready on New Year's. #newyearseve #gettingready #goingout #newyearseveideas
New Year's Eve outfit ideas and tips for Getting Ready on New Year's. #newyearseve #gettingready #goingout #newyearseveideas
New Year's Eve outfit ideas and tips for Getting Ready on New Year's. #newyearseve #gettingready #goingout #newyearseveideas
New Year's Eve outfit ideas and tips for Getting Ready on New Year's. #newyearseve #gettingready #goingout #newyearseveideas

New Year's Eve outfit ideas and tips for Getting Ready on New Year's. #newyearseve #gettingready #goingout #newyearseveideas

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  1. robin rue says:

    I haven’t gone out in YEARS 🙂 I am a mom now, so I stay in with the kids, but we always have lots of fun snacks and play some fun games!

  2. These are great tips for those going out. I like to play it low key and stay my pj’s, on the couch. lol

  3. These are great tips. I especially enjoy the one about sitting in the car alone for an hour. I can totally relate to that. Really who doesn’t want to look fabulous in photos while others look wasted lol

  4. I am really looking forward to New Years this year. While we will have the kids, we are going to a big family party so it should be really fun!

  5. I don’t really dress up for New Years but maybe this year I will. I am excited for 2018

  6. Love these tips that you shared! It’s always nice to wear something sparkly for the new year! And it’s also acceptable to be fashionably late!

  7. Krystal Butherus says:

    These are all great tips to get ready to go out for New Years eve. I am not sure the last time we were able to go out.

  8. I don’t know if I’ve ever been to a New Year’s party. I’ve been a mom as long as I’ve been an adult, and we always do it with the kids. I like the tip for fashionably late. I hate arriving places early and feeling awkward.

  9. brianne says:

    These are great tips for New Years! My husband and I go out every other year, and I am always a mess at getting ready!

  10. New Year’s Eve is always so intimidating for me. I never feel like I’m doing it right! LOL . . . this will definitely help me make this New Year’s a but less stressful.

  11. I love dressing up for the new year! I just makes me feel more excited to welcome the new year and bid farewell to the past year! I think these are great tips!

  12. I haven’t thought about New Years but I guess we better get started preparing! great tips!

  13. I love the PJ one and running around town! My friends already know me like that, but I am more likely to jump on top of the table to discuss politics.

  14. I agree the Christmas season is all about being flashy so I always like to wear sequins and glitter on NYE. I can’t believe that NYE is nearly here already it is crazy!

  15. New Year’s just calls for some sparkle. It’s also a great distraction if you didn’t get to spend as much time on your hair or makeup as you would like. I’m planning on a quiet NYE, which means the only thing I will be prepping for is how far from the dip I will be sitting so I enjoy myself.

  16. reesa says:

    We don’t do really do anything on New Years Eve. Heck, most of the time we are in our PJs!

  17. I am just doing a low key New Year’s eve this year, but it would be fun to get all dressed up to go out. The extra prep time is key!

  18. Journa Ramirez says:

    New Year’s eve preparation makes me crazy.. from food, to games, and other stuff for the family. Thanks for these great tips!

  19. Angela Ricardo Bethea says:

    Those are some awesome tips and great reminders! I won’t forget these friendly guide! Oh wait I need to find my sparkly dresses in my closet. 🙂

  20. I don’t really have plans for celebrating the New Year, but these are wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing them!

  21. Excellent tips! We are attending an outdoor NYE party with neighbors and are so excited for the fun night!

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