It’s been awhile since Ella Fitzgerald sang “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” but the million-dollar question remains: Where to spend those last 10 seconds of 2010?

With so many New Year’s parties and events planned, it’s hard to decide which way to go. And with so many revelers on the town, it’s often impossible to get there. Not to mention the fact that no one wants to drink and drive.

So, keeping all these challenges in mind, we came up with a short list of drive-free, stress-free ideas for  a safe New Year’s Eve.

Throw a PJ party

Invite a few friends over for an all-nighter. To make sure no one tries to drive home late-night, collect everyone’s car keys at the door and hide them somewhere you’ll remember. Point out all the good sleeping spots, and proceed to pour the champagne and make ready the noisemakers.

Throw a popcorn party

Who says you have to go out to have fun? Queue up a few classics, pop some buttery corn, and snuggle in for a cozy night of mellow movie watching. If you time it right, you can see the ball drop in Times Square too. (Because, seriously, it’s not really New Year’s Eve without Dick Clark!)

Call a taxi

If you decide to go out on the town, schedule a taxi to pick you up and take you home. Most cab companies are busy on New Year’s, but if you call in advance, you can usually arrange for scheduled pickups. At the end of the night, you won’t have to worry about driving or finding a cab either. It’s win, win.

Order room service

Whether you get a hotel room in New York City or in the middle of nowhere, hotels offer a novel way to ring in the new year. Hit the town in style knowing it’s just a short walk back to your room, or kick back with a bottle of bubbly and enjoy the last hours of 2010. Either way, you won’t have to drive once the party gets started (or make your bed the next day).

However you decide to spend your New Year’s Eve, have fun and stay safe. See you in 2011!

Safe and smart


about Heidi

Heidi brings 11 years’ experience to her role as Esurance’s copywriting manager. Writer, editor, and all around wordsy, she was content when content wasn’t cool. Also, she likes old-school country.