The holiday season is almost over, bringing the year to an end, and what better way to end it than with some tonsil hockey from the dime across the room on New Year's Eve?
If you missed the opportunity to snag a kiss using the awesome mistletoe trick, then this is your last chance—don't screw it up. To help you out, we'll give you a quick rundown on how to properly get a New Year's Eve kiss without being super creepy—or downright desperate.
It's time to put down that ugly sweater and whip out the braces (not the ones on your teeth). New Year's Eve parties are commonly the fanciest of all the holidays parties with men and women wearing crazy themed costumes or fancy suits and dresses. Obviously, depending on where you're going, you will want to dress accordingly—to some extent.
If you're going to wear a suit, make sure to not blend in with everyone else. Bring a hat or a cane, or wear something a little outrageous. Wearing something flashy or funny is a great conversation starter and an easy way to be remembered and spotted when the clock starts ticking.
This step should really need no explanation. While a lot of folks drink for practically any holiday, New Year's Eve is really the only holiday that doesn't carry any cultural or religious significance. Thus, it's the best time to drink without feeling badly about it.
Get loose with a few drinks, but remember to pace yourself. This is what most people call the "pre-game" or "pre-funk" for the hipster crowd. And make sure you prep beforehand with some preventive hangover tips.
Once you get to the party location, you can toss back a couple more drinks. Proper "lubrication" can help those stiff joints get a little loose and your frequent visits to the bar or bathroom will allow for more than a few chats. If you aren't down for the alcohols, then stick with the apple cider. Having a drink will fend away haters and unwanted questions.
During this drinking session, it's time to scan the area for potentials. If you are with a large group and spot another large group of the opposite sex, that should be priority number one. Way less weird when a bunch of people start talking, instead of one on one. Once in the group, people will naturally break off.
If you are rolling solo, it's all about the conversation and not being too agro.
Once you have spotted a potential lip lock, you can make your way over or bring a friend to help you out. Small talk can break the ice, or you can always fall back on asking a question. Something as simple as "Where is the bathroom?" can get a conversation started. Asking the one you are interested in to take a picture of you and your friends is clutch as well. From there, you can chitchat.
Now that you are talking in a group, or one on one, you should be able to read the signals. If you're unsure, stop being a bitch and get sure. Drop hints to see if they are single or even just ask if they've ever kissed anyone on New Year's Eve. If you haven't, make sure to mention that in the conversation. Now it's on the radar regardless of where the conversation goes.
It's 10:45 p.m. and you're still talking. This is a pretty good sign. Make sure to mingle and not sit in the same spot for too long. Hang out with your friends or invite her/him over to where some acquaintances are. Co-mingling is always good and takes the pressure off you for a bit.
Now time is starting to tick. You're under an hour and would hate to have wasted your entire "A" game on someone who may not be down. Here is where you have to be bold and a little slick. You need to make some type of friendly contact.
Placing you hands on the shoulders or back while talking or leading this person around is a decent start. You can also try offering to get some drinks with him/her while offering your hand. Alternatively, you can ask if he or she wants drinks and gently grab the hand to bring them to the bar. If you see reluctance in the eyes, all hope is not lost. Just be cool and grab the drinks and bring them back towards they group. They don't want to feel like they are being forcibly led away.
T-minus 10 minutes and you are still with the potential tongue-dancing partner. The end of the tunnel is visible and all you really need to do is not fuck up. Keep the chatting up and keep one eye on the clock. You can talk about resolutions or get another round of shots, but don't let them out of your sight. Someone else might be desperate or super smooth and steal YOUR kiss right from under you. Don't be a super clinger, but make sure that they can see you and even toss a wink at 'em.
The final minute is here. Put the drink down, grab some mints or gum, and lick those lips. If it's cold you can even lay down some chap stick.
Now there are two theories in this final minute. Either, you can get close and just lay one on them when the clock strikes 12, hoping it will be reciprocated and appreciated. Just make sure to have eye contact in the final 30 seconds. Or, you can ask. "New Year's Kiss?"
That's it. Don't add anything superfluous. You've been around for most of the night and they are still with you so, you should be good to go. If they say yes or no, you can ask for a kiss regardless.
Make it worth the effort. Give them a nice solid kiss and don't go crazy with it. If you feel it being well received then you can proceed for a little longer. Now, the rest of the night is up to you. But a kiss is a great way to start of the New Year.
Of course these are just some simple tips that make the process a little more bearable. It may not work for everyone, but 40 percent of the time it works all the time, at least for me.