The Dos and Don'ts to a Happy New Year's Eve

Survive the night with a smile and in peace with this guide.

Don't Stay Home Alone - Survive New Year's Eve with a smile and in one piece with this helpful guide. By Jazmine A. Ortiz  Home alone on NYE is never a good idea. What may start out as Netflix and chilling with a glass of wine can easily turn into you curled up with Kleenex, sulking, and guzzling your sorrows away with an entire bottle of pinot noir.Is everyone off doing their own thing this year? Even if you have to crash your neighbor's New Year's Eve bash or make it a church night, get out of the house.  (Photo: Peter Griffith/Masterfile/Corbis)

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Don't Stay Home Alone - Survive New Year's Eve with a smile and in one piece with this helpful guide. By Jazmine A. Ortiz Home alone on NYE is never a good idea. What may start out as Netflix and chilling with a glass of wine can easily turn into you curled up with Kleenex, sulking, and guzzling your sorrows away with an entire bottle of pinot noir.Is everyone off doing their own thing this year? Even if you have to crash your neighbor's New Year's Eve bash or make it a church night, get out of the house. (Photo: Peter Griffith/Masterfile/Corbis)

Don't Get Wasted - There are many reasons for this rule ? drunk driving, drunken professions of love, drunk hookups, being the messy drunk girl at the party, drunken photos, and starting the New Year with a hangover. All of these pretty much suck, so take our advice and just don't.  (Photo: Emma Innocenti/Corbis)

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Don't Get Wasted - There are many reasons for this rule — drunk driving, drunken professions of love, drunk hookups, being the messy drunk girl at the party, drunken photos, and starting the New Year with a hangover. All of these pretty much suck, so take our advice and just don't. (Photo: Emma Innocenti/Corbis)

Don't Sext - No, don't do it, please don't do it. Honestly, chances are the person you're trying to reach is out celebrating and won't respond, so avoid the setup. Plus, your judgment might be clouded by New Year's Eve shenanigans and you might just regret that sext message in the morning. Either way, it's not how you want to kick off the new year.  (Photo: Matthew Plexman/Masterfile/Corbis)

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Don't Sext - No, don't do it, please don't do it. Honestly, chances are the person you're trying to reach is out celebrating and won't respond, so avoid the setup. Plus, your judgment might be clouded by New Year's Eve shenanigans and you might just regret that sext message in the morning. Either way, it's not how you want to kick off the new year. (Photo: Matthew Plexman/Masterfile/Corbis)

Do Forget Unimportant People - Don?t pay attention to the haters. We repeat: Don?t pay attention to the haters. So what if your college frenemy or jerk of an ex is at the party? Ignore them and live it up! Don't fake having a good time, either. Leave their bad energy in 2015.  (Photo: James Carman / Getty Images)

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Do Forget Unimportant People - Don’t pay attention to the haters. We repeat: Don’t pay attention to the haters. So what if your college frenemy or jerk of an ex is at the party? Ignore them and live it up! Don't fake having a good time, either. Leave their bad energy in 2015. (Photo: James Carman / Getty Images)

Do Text Those Who Matter Before Midnight - At the stroke of midnight, phone lines are always a mess from everyone trying to get through to each other at the same damn time, so sending texts and making calls before the ball drops will ensure your messages get through without a hitch.  (Photo: Jamie Grill/Blend Images/Corbis)

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Do Text Those Who Matter Before Midnight - At the stroke of midnight, phone lines are always a mess from everyone trying to get through to each other at the same damn time, so sending texts and making calls before the ball drops will ensure your messages get through without a hitch. (Photo: Jamie Grill/Blend Images/Corbis)

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Don't Forget Important Items - Keys, check. Wallet, check. Phone, check. Lip gloss, check. Make sure you don't leave home without the essentials. If your phone charger fits inside your purse, take that, too.You don't know where the night could lead and being locked out of your place with no phone, money and chapped lips is so not how you want to start 2016.  (Photo: Jason Homa/Blend Images/Corbis)

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Don't Forget Important Items - Keys, check. Wallet, check. Phone, check. Lip gloss, check. Make sure you don't leave home without the essentials. If your phone charger fits inside your purse, take that, too.You don't know where the night could lead and being locked out of your place with no phone, money and chapped lips is so not how you want to start 2016. (Photo: Jason Homa/Blend Images/Corbis)

Do Stay in One Place - That's right, stay put. Pick a location, and hang out there for the night. New Year's Eve is not the night to party hop. Traffic is insane, Uber surcharges are through the roof, public transportation is super slow, and drunk drivers are on the road. Save yourself the headache and make the best of wherever you're at.  (Photo: JGI/Jamie Grill/Blend Images/Corbis)

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Do Stay in One Place - That's right, stay put. Pick a location, and hang out there for the night. New Year's Eve is not the night to party hop. Traffic is insane, Uber surcharges are through the roof, public transportation is super slow, and drunk drivers are on the road. Save yourself the headache and make the best of wherever you're at. (Photo: JGI/Jamie Grill/Blend Images/Corbis)

Don't Set the Bar So High - Let's face it, New Year's Eve is full of clich?s. If you're imagining kissing a mysterious stranger at midnight or attending a Project X -like bash, or any scenario that sounds straight up out of a movie, give yourself a much-needed reality check. Don't be so focused on creating the most amazing night because that's usually a recipe for disappointment.  (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Don't Set the Bar So High - Let's face it, New Year's Eve is full of clichés. If you're imagining kissing a mysterious stranger at midnight or attending a Project X -like bash, or any scenario that sounds straight up out of a movie, give yourself a much-needed reality check. Don't be so focused on creating the most amazing night because that's usually a recipe for disappointment. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Do Plan an Awsome Night - Whether it?s a house party with friends, church with family or a movie marathon with your bestie, surround yourself with family and friends and ring in the New Year with the ones that matter most.  (Photo: DreamPictures/Blend Images/Corbis)

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Do Plan an Awsome Night - Whether it’s a house party with friends, church with family or a movie marathon with your bestie, surround yourself with family and friends and ring in the New Year with the ones that matter most. (Photo: DreamPictures/Blend Images/Corbis)

Do a Boozy Brunch New Year's Day - You're going to want to recap the night the next day. Hit a boozy brunch on January 1 with friends and talk about all the epic moments that went down. "You did what?!" "What were you thinking?" "Don't you just love this photo?" Day drinking is so much more fun!  (Photo: Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Blend Images/Corbis)

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Do a Boozy Brunch New Year's Day - You're going to want to recap the night the next day. Hit a boozy brunch on January 1 with friends and talk about all the epic moments that went down. "You did what?!" "What were you thinking?" "Don't you just love this photo?" Day drinking is so much more fun! (Photo: Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Blend Images/Corbis)