New Year’s Eve at Home — my perfect night

Zippy Sandler
7 min readDec 23, 2023


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Spending New Year’s Eve at home with the family, wrapped in comfy clothes and gathered around an outdoor firepit, holds a unique allure for me. At this age staying out til midnight doesn’t hold the charm that it used to (although I am all about going out for an early dinner or show and getting home before the masses head out). There’s an undeniable charm that resonates with warmth and togetherness in the simplicity of this setting, where the crackling flames cast a gentle glow on my family. The comfort of a t-shirt that reminds me of a favorite destination and the coziness of the fire create an ambiance that encourages genuine connection and reflection.

Sharing favorite foods and drinks in this intimate setting adds a touch of personal delight, turning the evening into a sensory celebration. As our favorite songs play in the background, memories intertwine with the melodies, creating a tapestry of shared experiences. It’s a haven of tranquility, a sanctuary to welcome the New Year surrounded by the people who matter most, my friends and family, in an atmosphere that effortlessly blends relaxation, joy, and the promise of new beginnings.

Comfortable Memories

Everyday California

I’m an East Coast Girl with West Coast Vibes. I love the comfortable classic, California style. The laid-back, lifestyle really suits me and this ultra-soft tri-blend tee features a version of the legendary California Flag on fabric so soft and comfortable you’ll never want to take it off. It’s perfect for any day or night when you want to genuinely be yourself.

Crafted to give you a relaxed fit, yet slightly tailored, that pairs perfectly with your favorite bottoms. It’s the perfect casual shirt that feels great and turns heads.

Whether poolside, at the beach, or like tonight sitting by the fire. This funky Brutus Towel brings me back to the 70s when I was in high school! Not just a fashion statement, it’s also extra soft and ultra-absorbent. Perfect for your next retro beach day or tossed over your legs to ward off the New Year’s chill in the air — now there’s no excuse for not lounging in style!

Wrap the Little One

Les Enfants Muslin Collection

The entire family needs to celebrate this night and that includes swaddling the little one in a soft muslin blanket as you hold them tight. This premier Sweden-based brand makes its blankets from 100% bamboo, manufactured mechanically, with minimal environmental impact, their muslin provides a soft and smooth feeling against the baby’s skin, described by many as silk or cashmere-like, and gets softer with every wash making it the perfect blanket for cuddling into the New Year.

The delicately woven, breathable fabric features a lightweight weave that helps to keep the baby cool on hot days and provides warmth and comfort when it gets chilly. Bamboo is proven to have antiseptic properties, it wicks away moisture better than most other materials and leaves your baby soft and dry.

I’ll light the Fire

Cutting Edge Firewood

This is why you bought a firepit! For nights like this when there is a chill, and the crackle of the wood and sweet smell of Hickory wood permeates the air. Cutting Edge Firewood specializes in kiln-dried firewood, making it easy to light, long-burning, and less smoky than traditional firewood you buy at the grocery store or roadside stand. The wood is cut fresh and undergoes an intense drying process so you can be confident that your firewood is free of pests, fungus, and mold. Each box of firewood includes everything you need for at least 4 unique fireside experiences, including fire starters, kindling, matches, and firewood. The ultra-premium firewood is packaged into boxes or racks.

Hickory Firewood Box — Hickory is their best seller for a good reason. Kiln-dried hickory firewood burns hotter and longer than any other firewood we offer. The signature aroma and crackle bring back positive memories from childhood and make it a customer favorite.

Oak Firewood Box — Oak is a timeless classic and popular hardwood firewood from one of America’s most iconic trees. Oak has a more subtle aroma than hickory or cherry. It burns hotter and longer than cherry but cooler and not as long as hickory.

Cherry Firewood Box — Cherry displays beautifully, burns less hot than hickory or oak, and offers a sweet aroma that will give your home a welcoming atmosphere for your family and guests on New Year’s. This Cherry Firewood is amazing.

Mix a Drink

Catedral Mezcal

Let them drink champagne, this is YOUR night and you love a great Mezcal. It’s time to create your OWN New Year’s traditions and enjoy toasting in the New Year on your own terms.

Launched in 2022 by a 27-year-old woman and her dad, Catedral Mezcal is a small family business that quickly has become the #1 most awarded new mezcal, winning over 25 Best in Show, Platinum, Double Gold, and Gold medals at the top spirit competitions over the past year.

This small batch mezcal is handmade in Oaxaca by master mezcalero partners using artisanal techniques from 100% natural pure agave plants. Nothing else is added!!!

They offer 6 different expressions of mezcal, each made from a different variety of agave plants to showcase the range of incredible flavor profiles of these plants. Each bottle of Catedral Mezcal is hand decorated with a genuine leather “cowboy boot” and we’ve been awarded several design medals for our bottles. From outside to inside, Catedral Mezcal offers a truly unique sipping experience by capturing spirituality and the essence of the earth in each bottle.

Drinkmate OmniFizz

Whether you’re making a soda mixer for your cocktails or you want a healthier pop for the kids, making it yourself in the Drinkmate OmniFizz is easy.

Consistently cited by major media including the New York Times as the most versatile and best soda maker because it can carbonate any beverage. From juice, tea, water, Gatorade, to flat beer/soda, and wine and cocktails, the Drinkmate OmniFizz adds sparkle to any beverage with a push of a button.

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All you need now is Music

Urbanista Malibu

The fire is roaring and the drinks are made. There’s only ONE THING left to do for a perfect New Year’s Eve at home…bring on the tunes. For outdoors there’s no better Bluetooth speaker than the Urbanista Malibu as you can simply leave it outside to charge (solar charge) and offers great sound.

Inspired by the iconic beach city known for its outdoor life, the Urbanista Malibu is the world’s first solar charging wireless Bluetooth speaker with integrated Powerfoyle™ solar cell technology. The speaker comes in three unique colorways, including the classic Midnight Black and the new Desert Gray, providing the kind of energy you need to power up your day with truly unbound sound. Made out of recycled plastic and fabrics, Malibu is your sustainable sound companion, wherever your day takes you.

As the clock strikes midnight and the echoes of laughter fill the air, there’s a profound sense of gratitude for the simplicity of this cherished celebration. In the comfort of our favorite t-shirt & jeans, by the warmth of the fire, with delicious flavors in our glass and the resonance of beloved songs in our hearts, we usher in the New Year with an abundance of love and shared moments.

Here’s to another year of shared smiles, heartfelt conversations, and the warmth that only a home filled with love can provide. Happy New Year!



Zippy Sandler

70-year-old travel and lifestyle blogger sharing tips on how to live your best life NOW!