It seems like just yesterday when the media was abuzz with coming wave of Baby Boomers. As we ring in 2013, the oldest of our generation turns 67, and the youngest will be 48, and we’re still leaving our mark on everything from the types of cars we drive to the homes we live in and the retirement (or not!) we enjoy.
Most of us remember banging pots and pans on New Year’s Eve to usher in the New Year. We were the first generation to celebrate with folks around the world via television broadcast of festivities. And the voice of our generation, Dick Clark, defined the modern New Year’s Eve party, beginning in 1972, when Three Dog Night, Helen Reddy, Al Green and Blood, Sweat & Tears joined him for the very first Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve program.
While it’s fun to celebrate with family or friends, the trend has been toward smaller, more intimate gatherings that don’t entail driving late at night or risking being on the road with impaired drivers.
According to REAL SIMPLE Managing Editor Kristin van Ogtrop, nearly 80 percent of Americans dislike the big to-do associated with a New Year’s Eve gathering, opting for a quiet evening at home or with just a few close friends.
Punchbowl.com suggests hosting a small gathering with 6 to 10 friends in your home, or by open invitation to the neighborhood at the community clubhouse. Keep the evening lively by:
• Serving soft drinks, punch or champagne, or having guests bring a bottle of wine to share.
• Pot luck with a theme – each guest brings a dish that has fewer than 13 ingredients, for example (paying homage to 2013).
• Playing play board games or party games, such as Outburst or Pictionary.
• Setting a music playlist via personal listening device, CD or satellite radio.
• Ringing in the New Year with a toast followed by a short walk home.
Celebrating New Year’s Eve is easy and enjoyable in your Windsong home. Each Windsong active retirement community was designed to help Boomers cultivate new friendships, with walkable streets and a private fitness center in the clubhouse, neighbors with similar life-stage experiences, and home designs that maximize accessibility, minimize hassles and provide opportunities to enjoy an active lifestyle without sacrificing style or luxury.
Welcome home to Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!