New Year’s Eve Fun

1198265602It’s almost New Year’s Eve, and the pressure is on to find the perfect way to start your new year. Do you aim for a sedate dinner, or do you put on your favorite sparkly mini and dance until New Year’s Day dawns? We here at Boston Daily are here to help you decide. We’ve rounded up the city’s best events to help you ring in 2008 in style.

Everyone can appreciate a good meal on New Year’s Eve. Those who plan to party well into the night can fuel up, and those who prefer the dulcet tones of Dick Clark at midnight can get home in time.

Cambridge’s dante offers a 5-course prix-fixe feast that will bring you happily in to the New Year. Each of the restaurant’s two seatings features luxurious foods like kumamoto oysters and beef Wellington “Italiano” with seared foie gras. Hey, your resolution to eat better can start on Jan. 1.

You can also feast while mocking those conventional land-lubbers. The New Year’s Eve Dinner, Dance & Fireworks Cruise features a roast beef dinner and plenty of activities to keep you busy until you get to enjoy your great view of the fireworks at midnight.

Several restaurants and bars have rolled their dinner offerings into the price of their New Year’s parties. Beehive celebrates its first ever New Year’s Eve with its Bohemian Revelry party. The event has a bohemian theme, featuring a Parisian burlesque performance and gypsy food (which is inspired by European, Mediterranean, and American cuisine).

If you prefer to go easy on the food, Vinalia’s Grand Tour 2008 may be right for you. The wine bar pairs 12 wines with a complimentary hors d’oeuvre. If you’re still standing after 12 glasses of wine, you can dance until a champagne toast at midnight.

Or, if you’re done eating, you can hit the clubs and galas for the rest of your night. Those of you who are looking for a sugar daddy (or are one) can head to the Back Bay Gala. The event, which is usually attended by professionals in their 40s and 50s, has the drinks and snacks, along with live music from The Love Dogs.

You’ll find a much younger audience at Starry Night New Year’s Eve Party, which features “sexy aliens.” We aren’t quite sure what that means, but with DJ Frank White and Ms. Thang spinning dance and rock tracks, we’re sure it will be spectacular.

As will Felt’s A Far East Experience, especially those who’d love to get out of town for the holiday. The bar brings in sushi, Southeast Asian hors d’oeuvres and drinks along with dragon drummers and geishas. It’ll be just like you were in Hong Kong for New Year’s Eve, but without the jet lag.

Those with a New Year’s resolution to get a new job would do well to get a head-start on 2008 by attending the Boston Young Professionals Association’s Simply Spectacular New Year’s Eve Ball. Just be sure you don’t make an ass of yourself in front of the people you just spent hours trying to impress.

If none of these events strike your fancy, you can find more ways to celebrate in our event listings.