New Year's Eve Guide: Dance

96 Lafayette Street, 212-584-5492, $35

House Party

Courtesy Escuelita


I don't know if you've heard, but staying in is the new going out. The DIY party ethic returned with a vengeance after the 2008 financial collapse and has been quietly continuing its comeback under Obama's watch. Sometimes, you just need to take a step back and throw a party. You don't even need a reason to do it, which is easy to forget with all the birthdays, holidays, and Kickstarter bashes clogging up your social calendar. Your girl can still get all dolled up, and you won't have to watch your best friend's lips turn blue while standing in line for hours on a freezing December night. All you need is a punch bowl, a bottle of grain alcohol, several bags of chips, and an address. The best part is telling everyone that it's BYOB. That way, the group does most of the work. (This might sound stingy, but you're the one cleaning up Tuesday morning.) Make sure the music situation is under control to avoid any drag moments, and if you're worried about no one showing up, just bill your spot as the after-after-party. They'll be lined up down the block till 7 a.m.

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