New Years in Times Square

Happy New Year! How did you end up spending your New Years Eve? I thought mine would be low key, which it pretty much was for my standards…dinner, a friend’s apartment party in Times Square and then we walked around the city for awhile before settling into a diner at 3am. However, being that the apartment was on 47th street right off of Broadway, we were able to get close to all the action at around 11:45pm, which was pretty sweet. In all these years living in the New York area, I had never seen the ball drop because I never wanted to wait outside beginning at two in the afternoon. Last year, I went to the same party and it was awesome being in the middle of it all, so I decided to do it again this year. 

The energy of Times Square was truly amazing, with people gathered in one place from all around the world. The countdown, the confetti, the billboards, and the music pumping through the streets was just incredible. I think the best part was just a few minutes after midnight when everyone cleared out and I stood there looking up and around. It’s not often I stand in the middle of Times Square and take it all in.

And to top the night off, there were fireworks in Central Park and as I turned around towards the park, I saw the finale. Definitely a memorable way to start off the New Year, but what’s most important is that I was with friends and that’s what it’s all about. How have you spent the new year so far? We all make resolutions, but what is the one promise you have made to yourself that you will most definitely keep? I think the new year is a time for inspiration and motivation to change whatever it is you’d like to do differently and if you want it, only you can make it happen!! Here’s to health and happiness in the new year!

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New Years in Nashville!

This year I wanted to do something really fun for New Years, possibly travel to a fun city or tropical island, but I didn’t want to break the bank on airfare. Then I received an email from the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau with a list of parties and events going on in Nashville for New Years and I realized it was a no brainer! I got really excited because I love Nashville! I’ve been there twice so far and each time I have a great time…downtown has so many fun bars with live bands, the Wildhorse Saloon with it’s line dancing, Jacks BBQ, Fuse Nightclub at the Opryland, and venues such as the Bluebird Cafe, which showcases established and up and coming talent. There is always such a great energy! Still looking for last minute plans? Here’s what happening in Nashville:

The Gaylord Opryland Hotel is offering several different packages. New Years Eve at Fuse Nightclub in Nashville is the only Vegas style nightclub and The New Years Eve Triple dance party is a dance floor surrounded by three separate stages with an 80’s cover band, country band, and a top 40’s dance band. All packages include room accommodations, ticket for dinner cruise and show on General Jackson Showboat, admission to New Years Eve Party at Fuse Nightclub or ticket to Triple Dance Party, midnight champagne toast and party favors, and a New Years day brunch. New Year’s Eve Spectacular at Wild Horse Saloon is featuring concerts by Jeffrey Steele, Ira Dean and JC Anderson. Packages include Room accommodations at Gaylord Opryland Hotel, admission to party at 8 pm (meals not included), midnight champagne toast and party favors, and roundtrip hotel/party shuttle transportation. For more information on Gaylord Hotel New Years Eve event tickets and prices pleases visit

Chef Tyler Brown hosts a New Year’s Eve celebration at one of Nashville’s most lauded restaurants. The Capitol Grille offers three seating options. Early seatings at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 pm. will feature a four-course prix-fixe menu for $95.00 per person plus tax and gratuity, along with entertainment from a live jazz band. A 9:30 p.m. seating will offer guests a lavish five-course prix-fixe dinner for $135.00 per person plus tax and gratuity and will include a celebratory champagne toast at midnight, along with holiday decorations, and live jazz music. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (615) 345-7116. The Capitol Grille at The Hermitage is located at 231 Sixth Ave. North, Nashville, TN 37219. Visit for menus and more information.

Union Station and Hilton Downtown is offering a New Year’s Eve five course dinner at Prime 108 to celebrate 2010 with an optional wine pairing and champagne toast. For more details please visit

Hotel Preston, One of Nashville’s boutique hotels, is celebrating 2010 with a New Years Eve package. Guests can party in the Pink Lounge or Preston. For more information on prices please visit

Hutton Hotel is allowing you to “ring in the year of the tiger”. They are offering two separate packages which include rooms and dinner at their Grille. Please see their website for further information:

Or head downtown:

The Blue Bar is hosting Johnny Jackson’s New Years Eve from 9:00 PM to 2:30 AM Located at 1911 Broadway Street.

New Years Eve at Cadillac Ranch/Sky Lounge from 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM Locatedat 305 Broadway.

New Years Eve 2010 at the Cannary from 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM Located at 1 Cannary Row.

New Years Eve Bash at 12th and Porter featuring American Bang w/ Luna Halo, Minor Kings, and Leslie. Located at 114 12th Avenue South

3rd and Lindsley New Years Eve with Raul Mao: Includes dinner, champagne, party favors, and the show. Located at 818 3rd Avenue South

Lime’s New Years Eve Bash: Dinner and Music. Located at 1904 Broadway

Virago: Dinner and Music. Located at 1811 Division Street

Whiskey Kitchen: Dinner and Music. Located at 118 12th Avenue S (A shuttle will be provided between Lime, Virago, and Whiskey Kitchen)

Sambuca: “Have a Rockin New Years”- 4 course meal, champagne toast, and live music by Shariff Iman and the Revival. Located at 601 12th Avenue South

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