I was talking to my mom the other day about how I have no desire to go out on New Year’s Eve. I don’t feel like dealing with crowds, paying more expensive than usual prices for fun, nor dressing up and subjecting myself to the cruel temperatures that we’re currently experiencing on the East Coast.
I know that some people prefer to bring in the New Year in the church house, but to be completely and unapologetically honest, when I realized that New Year’s Eve would fall on a Sunday, going to church for a second service was a resounding no for me dog.
I told my mom that too — she was weak 😂😭.
What do you do when the streets are no longer calling your name?
You have a vision board party!
I mean let’s face it, everyone has New year resolutions and we all know they rarely last past the first 14 days. A vision board party will force you to be more conscious of the goals you’re planning for the new year, make you take the time to map them out and consequentially make you more intentional about accomplishing them.
What I personally like about vision boards is that they provide a physical representation of the future you hope to achieve. Unlike a New Year resolution, visions have no expiration date, so you don’t have to limit your goals to things that can only be achieved in a year. True, having short-term goals in place is good, but even with a vision board, you can set short-term goals that will eventually help you achieve your vision. Basically, vision boards are much less stressful and incredibly more inspiring than a silly statement that you make for when the clock strikes 12 in the new year.
If you don’t feel like getting all gitzed and jazzed up for a night in the streets, here are five things you need to plan a last minute vision board party!
1. A fun guest list. Nothing can ruin a party like a stale guest list. Invite fun, similarly ambitious friends to your party. Keep the guest list small and intimate since creating vision boards require space. If you need help narrowing down your list, think about the people in your life who you know support you and support your dreams. Those are the people that need to be on the list. Avoid inviting people who will bring negative energy by making you feel like your vision is crazy or unobtainable.
2. Potluck style menu. Everybody knows that a party ain’t a party without food. Since I’m sure — if you’re black — you’ll probably be eating black-eyed peas and greens for dinner on the first, there is no need to have a full course menu. Ask your guests to each bring a small dish for the food spread for the evening. You can go with a theme — such as a taco bar — and ask each guest to bring an item needed to make tacos. You can also ask each guest to bring something random. Food is food. LOL. My go-to dish for a potluck is buffalo chicken dip. Click here for a recipe.
3. Bubbly & booze. Creating and naming a yummy cocktail with cute garnishments is a fun idea for a night in. And, toasting champagne at midnight can still be just as exciting — if not more — than it would be in a crowded club or party. It will be more more cost effective, you won’t have to wait in a line, and you can have a many as you’d like since you’ll be home. Of course, be sure to encourage responsible drinking for any guests who do not plan to spend the night. If you have guests who don’t want to drink, try these non-alcoholic drinks and mocktails from Mixology.
4. Materials. Obviously, you need materials to make a vision board. There are some basic materials that you need, but there is always room for any other materials that will help you be your most creative. I typically choose magazines and newspapers that I read because I know I’ll find cute images and letters that match my personality and visual preferences. After all, a vision board is pointless if you don’t like to look at it.
These are the essentials you need:
- Construction Paper
5. A music playlist. Alas, a vision board party — or any party — is only as good as the music that’s in the background. Curated playlists on music streaming services are always a hit. Or, if you’re like me, you may have time and actually like making your own. You can choose your favorite songs from the year, or curate a list of all the 90s songs that you love. The options are endless. The point is, you’d be surprise what kind of creativity and inspiration you can conjure with the right tunes.
Whatever you decide to do for NYE, be safe, be smart and be fearless.
Happy New Year!