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"Impress your friends this New Year's Eve"
How to sing Auld Lang Syne correctly, serve personalized cocktails, and other new year's tips

Author: Reilly - Clent Relations Coordinator November 2007

New Year's Eve parties are my favorite kind of get-togethers. There are no rules for New Year's and no boundaries to the imagination as far as what your party can be. Casino nights, masquerade balls, cocktail soirees and wine tastings are all perfect themes, among so many others. So, how can you make yours unique enough for hipsters and socialites alike? It's all in the details.

One terrific way to personalize your eve is with personalized cocktails. Pick a signature color for your party and then pick a drink in that shade: green for green appletinis, deep purple for a wine tasting event, mocha for rich cordials made with Kahlua or Bailey's Irish Cream, orange for bright screwdrivers, or champagne for...champagne! Then, add personalized tags to each guest's glass by writing their name on a small piece of card stock, cutting it in an interesting shape, punching a hole in the top, and tying it the bottom of the glass with a matching silk ribbon. Use table linens and candles in a coordinating color for extra pop.

As you enjoy your fabulous party in anticipation of midnight, you should be confident that you can croon Auld Lang Syne in perfect harmony. You have probably sung a version of the classic New Year's anthem many times before, with words blurred with hesitant uncertainty... is it old lang sign... old wang chung? What's the second verse? Why are we forgetting old acquaintances? By this point, you just forget about it, enjoy the moment and bellow out incomprehensible words to the memorable song. As Billy Crystal questioned in When Harry Met Sally, "I mean, 'Should old acquaintance be forgot'? Does that mean that we should forget old acquaintances, or does it mean if we happened to forget them, we should remember them, which is not possible because we already forgot?" Here's some background information to ease your confusion:

Auld Lang Syne is a traditional Scottish tune, sung for many generations. Sometime in the 1700s, Robert Burns put it down on paper. The song grew to be a staple in countries across the globe. When midnight rings in the new year citizens of Scotland, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong, English-speaking areas of India, and Canada all rejoice singing, "Should old acquaintance be forgot,/ and never brought to mind?/ Should old acquaintance be forgot, / and auld lang syne?" The words Auld Lang Syne, roughly mean "days gone by" and are pronounced as old lang sign. The song marks the passing of time, and creates a nostalgic feeling.

So, when the clock strikes twelve, hold your head high and sing:

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?


For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you'll buy your pint cup ! And surely I'll buy mine ! And we'll take a cup o' kindness yet, for auld lang syne.


Lyrics and information provided by Wikipedia.

In the early morning hours, your guests will clamor on about how they had a great time as they leave, and you can get started planning for next year's New Year's bash!