How to Create the Perfect New Year’s Eve Party for Book Lovers
by Karen Green
From a great show of campy glamour and opulence to a quiet, intimate night for two (or one!), take inspiration from your favorite romantic reads for a New Year’s Eve to suit every style.
MAKE IT GLAMOROUS
Host a New Year’s Eve fit for a princess with a fun, glamorous theme. Dress up in your finest, serve only the fanciest versions of your favorite foods and don’t forget the golden touch for peak opulence. Live like royalty for a night and don’t worry about the clock hitting midnight—that’s when the party really gets going.
Awakening His Innocent Cinderella by Natalie Anderson
Softhearted Gracie James is mortified when Rafael Vitale finds her accidentally trespassing on his luxurious Italian estate! She can’t refuse Rafe’s teasing demand that she attend an exclusive party with him. From the dangerous intensity in his eyes, virgin Gracie knows she’s playing with fire—after all, outrageous playboy Rafe is only promising a temporary liaison. Can she resist the power of his raw sensuality?
MAKE IT OUTDOORSY
Celebrate New Year’s Eve under the stars! Organize a family skating party, string lights on the back porch or pass hot cups of cider around a bonfire—ringing in the new year outside will feel like you are ushering in a coming year full of hope, peace and possibility.
Champagne and Moonlight by JoAnn Ross
Originally published in 1996
Actress Shiloh Beauregard has no luck when it comes to finding a reliable man. When her sister invites her to a New Year’s Eve party in Aspen, she jumps at the chance to meet someone new. But when Shiloh is stranded in a snowstorm, she is forced to seek shelter in the small town of Paradise. It’s the last place she thinks to find love, but the irresistible doctor Matt McCandless sweeps her off her feet. For one night she allows herself to indulge in the holiday magic. It’s a new year, yet her fresh start might have more than one surprise in store.
MAKE IT INTIMATE
New Year’s Eve for two can is the perfect way to say goodbye to the old year and usher in the next, together. The ultimate date night, set the tone for a romantic evening with quiet music, a great bottle of wine and nowhere to go but a warm perch in front of the fire.
Unfinished Business by Nora Roberts
Originally published in 1992
It’s been twelve years, but very little in Hyatt Town, Maryland has changed. Vanessa Sexton, a successful concert pianist, has finally come home to the small town after having her heart shattered all those years ago. In some ways her high school sweetheart, Brady Tucker, hasn’t changed much either—he is still lean, athletic, rugged—but the once reckless boy had become a solid, dependable man. He’d stood her up on the most important night of her life; can she ever trust him again?
MAKE IT JUST FOR YOU
New Year’s Eve solo can be a wonderful thing. Eat what you want, drink what you want, watch (or don’t watch) what you want and toast yourself at midnight (if you bother to stay up that late) for being a strong and independent person. Take the opportunity to set your intentions for the coming months and think about the year that has passed in peace and reflection.
The Ocean Between Us by Susan Wiggs
Originally published in 2004
After years of following her navy officer husband on assignment around the world, Grace Bennett realizes that she’s left something behind—herself. Grace begins to reinvent herself. Her husband, Steve, is determined to set things right when the unthinkable happens: a disaster aboard Steve’s ship. A navy wife’s worst nightmare collides with the cold truth that life’s biggest chances can slip away while you’re busy looking for guarantees.
How will you be spending your New Year’s Eve? Let us know in the comments!