With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, it’s time to decided how you’re going to celebrate. Block party on Mill Ave? Visit the clubs in Scottsdale? Hit up a casino in Chandler? All of these are fun ideas, but be prepared to encountered huge crowds in a bar-like atmosphere.
Personally, I would much rather enjoy a low-key New Year’s party—preferably one where I can actually hear my friends and have a conversation. So, if you’re like me and live in the East Valley, here are a few ideas to help you ring in the New Years right.
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Host a Potluck Party:
One of the nice things about living in Ahwatukee, Chandler, or Gilbert is that most of our homes are great for throwing parties. So forget about going out and invite your friends and family over for your own New Year’s potluck. Assign people to bring appetizers, main courses, side dishes, snacks, drinks, and desserts. Then dig into your bountiful spread. Pair your meals with some fun after-dinner board/card games, like Cards Against Humanity, and you’ll have a New Year’s party that everyone will be talking about.
New Year’s Movie Marathon:
Invite your friends and family over for an up-all-night movie marathon. I would recommend picking a few movies that match what you and your friends like to watch. You can either stream them on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Apple TV, or rent them from any of your East Valley Red Box machines. Order in some pizzas and dive into a few cinematic stories. As soon as midnight approaches, push pause, celebrate the countdown, and then it’s back to the movie.
Golf land’s New Year’s Eve Party:
If you love games, Golf land in Mesa is the spot to be for New Years. This entertainment filled bash runs from 6pm-1am, and offers unlimited video games, mini golf, race cars, and laser tags. Right now, tickets are available online for $20 a piece. Golf land is located right off US 60, so it’s only minutes away from Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, and Phoenix. It’s family fun.
Zoppé Family Circus: This New Years, bring the whole family to the Zoppé Family Circus at Chandler Center for the Arts. Since 1842, this amazing one-ring circus has honored the best Old-World Italian traditions. Every year the circus is different, and this year’s feature act is the Black Bear Chinese Acrobats. The show starts at 7:30pm and tickets range from $20-$32.
SPECAIL NOTE: No matter what you do for New Year’s Eve, please remember to drive carefully. If you drink, either cab it or call Uber. And if you don’t want to pick your car up in the morning, AAA offers the Tipsy Tow program. This is a free ride and car tow service, up to 10 miles, to Ahwatukee, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, or where ever else you live. Call 1-800-AAA-HELP for details.
Happy and Healthy New Year! See you Next Year