College Style New Year’s Celebration.



When I lived in Iowa, I could go out on New Years and not worry about paying over a hundred dollar cover to get into a bar. All the bar covers in Charlotte were around $70-$200 to get in. That just didn’t sound like fun since I don’t drink more than two drinks within the night. I’d rather spend that money on a new shirt or groceries.

Not only were the prices sky rocketed, the traffic was horrific and the weather was unusually cold for the South. My body isn’t used to the teens. And to be honest, I love watching the ball drop and the Time Square New Year’s celebration on T.V. I’m glad all of my friends were on the same page when we were deciding what to do.

Instead of buying expensive tickets, getting outrageously priced taxis, and fighting the traffic in the cold, we decided to throw an old school college theme New Year’s party.


We decided not to cook anything a college kid couldn’t afford. Nick and I headed to Target to stock the cart with jumbo cups, cute straws, mixers, pizza rolls, chicken wings, Doritos, dip, red solo cups, macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese, and other random items. The New year’s resolution is to clean up your diet, so why not get your fix the night before?

When we got to Nick’s apartment, we set up our snacks and turned on the Hornets game. MC, one of our friends, made delicious ham rolls, specialty dips, and kabobs. I’m not sure if the average college kid could afford store bought steak kabobs, but that was in the works before we had planned the theme of it all.


Nick and I made low cal drinks with diet cranberry pomegranate, diet ginger ale, and Tito’s vodka. I know diet anything isn’t good for you, but neither is alcohol, so why not kill the two birds with one stone?

We sat down to watch the performances on T.V. and the drop. I must be getting extremely old because by the time midnight came around; I was fighting to keep my eyes open.

I had a pretty darn good New years with some pretty darn cool people, and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way!

How did you spend your New Year’s?


  • Mailoha Albaladejo

    Outfit details please!

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  • Kristen

    I completely agree with you with the cover charge. Where I live you pay an average of $125 pp and I can’t get myself to pay that even if there is an open bar and snacks for 2 hours…I can’t eat or drink $125 the entire night!

    My friend had a house party for NYE and we made a bonfire and set off fireworks at midnight. Beats dealing with getting drinks spilled on you at crowded bars and trying to hail a cab home at 2am! 🙂

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  • Kristin C

    Sounds like you had a good time. I had no idea cover-charges were so high! Good grief!

    For New Years Eve, my husband and I were both sick so we stayed in. We made the most of it though…we drug our mattress into the living room and had a “sleep-over”. I made home-made chocolate chip cookies and we watched “Guess Who” on Netflix.

    We definitely feel like old people too. I never imagined that at 24 years old, I wouldn’t be able to keep my eyes open at midnight!

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  • Linda @ TheFitty

    I actually spent the last few moments of 2014 and the first few at a bowling alley–it was my first night if work and I did a hefty 11 hours!

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  • Maureen

    Where did you buy that tanktop from? I love it! 🙂

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  • Elisha

    Hey Taralynn, My name is E. Any can I just tell you that you are such an inspiration! I love your blog, recipes and health tips. You even inspired me to make my own blog ( It would mean the world to me to learn some tips from you on how to make a blog so successful!!


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  • Mallori

    That sounds like a blast! I braved the frigidly-cold Colorado weather, took the expensive cab ride, and waited in the long lines at the bar. Too expensive, too many people, and waited too long for everything. Next year will HAVE to be the college-themed New Year’s Party! How fun, thanks for the idea! Have a great 2015 Taralynn, can’t wait to read how it all unfolds. 🙂

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  • Jessica

    My husband & I have both been sick so we decided to spend the night at home. We relaxed on the couch and watched a movie together. Nothing too exciting, but it was exactly what we both needed 🙂

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  • Alisia

    WOW! What a great idea. This sounds like so much fun. I need to do this for my next party. Happy New Year!

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