By Krista Ehret
New Year’s Day is undoubtedly one of the most optimistic days of the entire year. It’s a time for fresh beginnings, resolutions and lots of new gym memberships. Before squeezing into the spandex, take some time to celebrate by hosting a healthy brunch. It’s the perfect way to kick off the year on a good note with those who mean the most to you. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Keep it Casual. Depending on where you are in life, New Year’s Eve may be an all-night extravaganza, or you may find yourself dozing on the couch hours before the ball drops. Either way, it’s nice to ease into the year without a lot of fuss. Invite friends to come over in their pj’s or comfy athleisure wear.
Make it Healthy. It’s the official kick-off to diet season. While some said diets may only last a week, it’s nice to encourage everyone at the start gate. Omelets, quiche and frittatas are all great protein-rich main course options. Throw in some fruit, açai bowls, overnight oats or avocado on sprouted toast for a guilt-free and filling meal. It’s a historical moment, as this may be the only time that I recommend not serving alcohol. However, if that’s a deal breaker, consider Bloody Mary’s in lieu of sugary mimosas.
Plan an Activity. After everyone has had time to eat, come up with something health-related to do together. Examples could be fitness oriented, like going for a walk or playing tag football or mentally healthy like trivia games or a scavenger hunt. Take it up a notch and challenge everyone to spend this time, or at least one hour, device-free.
Discuss Goals. What are friends and family for if not to encourage us to live our best lives? Ask everyone who is comfortable sharing to announce their New Year’s resolution in a judgment-free zone. Let the kids be part of this too. It’s nice to have a support system when working towards a goal and you may find that you and someone close to you are aiming for the same thing. A donut makes too perfect of a projectile, if your husband is asking you if “you really want to eat that?” To keep peace in a marriage, it’s really nice to have a person who’s not your spouse to hold you accountable.
Set Some Dates. If your group is anything like my circle of friends, finding time to hang out can be a major feat. Babysitters, work schedules and prior engagements can make scheduling a get-together more challenging than a chess game with Bobby Fischer. Take this opportunity to put some dates on the calendar throughout the entire year. Rotate ideas like a date night out, supper club, football party, etc., and get them locked in.
Each new year is a blessing and offers a new chapter in our lives. The hustle and bustle of everyday life makes the weeks go quicker and quicker. Remember that you never need an excuse to host a party. Dial in and make spending more time with those who bring you joy a priority in 2018. Cheers!