New Year's Eve conjures images of a super late night, teeny tiny dresses, toppling shoes, and a boatload of champagne. But you can pretty much strike all four of those ideas if you're pregnant on the big night. Of course, that doesn't mean it can't be your most festive and memorable holiday yet! Here are a few of my suggestions for how to rock New Year's Eve with a bun in the oven:
Cute flats: Pregnancy is not the time for torture by way of stilettos. Grab a cute pair of flats that will pull your entire outfit together—and will serve you well long after the baby comes. I practically live in Madewell's Sidewalk Skimmer, which is the perfect flattering shape, goes with anything, and is so comfortable. (I have three pairs in different colors! #addicted.) Or go with a gorgeous, jeweled pair for a notice-me party look that's sure to inspire jealousy in the uncomfy-heel-wearing set.
Virgin cocktails: Just because you're not drinking alcohol doesn't mean you have to settle for a sad glass of ice water while the crowd throws back their festive fare. Mimic the look and taste of champage with a sparkling tea or cider, or go all-out mixologist with a colorful, rich, or beautifully garnished virgin drink. (Bonus: If your news isn't public yet, a non-alcoholic cocktail in your hand can help protect your secret, too.)
A pre-party snack (or, let's be honest, meal): Festive mocktail in one hand, loaded-down hors d'oeuvres plate in the other, amiright? But it's a smart idea to eat something (preferably filling and nutritious) before you go lest you be tempted to hoover up the entire buffet table upon arrival at the party. (And really, it'd be rude not to say hello to the hostess first.) This will also save you if you arrive at the party only to find the fare consists of deli meats, pate, and unpasteurized brie.
A mid-day nap: Unless you're in that blissful, energized second trimester, staying up until the ball drops might be a challenge—especially if you're planning on spending the night snuggled with your partner on the couch (see below). I doubt I need to sell any preggo on the virtues of a nap, but if you're planning to celebrate, getting a little extra shut-eye can certainly help make the night feel more festive.
Pizza and a movie: Sure, you could fuss with new clothes or spendy restaurant food. Or you could just stay in the comfort of your home, kick those feet up, enjoy the quiet before baby, and split a killer pizza over a movie. When I was pregnant on New Year's Eve, the to-die-for deep-dish pies from L.A.'s Hollywood Pies helped me cruise happily, comfortably into the new year (and provided plenty of leftovers!). As for movies? It's a Wonderful Life is my absolute favorite classic holiday flick—with a beautiful message about family.
Happy New Year one and all!