Monday, July 9, 2012

How to Have the Best New Year's Eve Ever

If you are planning on spending New Year's Eve in the States, I highly suggest traveling to Miami. Obviously every big city will have over-the-top celebrations, but Miami is perfect if you enjoy warm weather, glitz and glamour. I had the best NYE of my life, and didn't even end up spending all that much. You can too, if you plan appropriately and don't mind taking some risks. Here's how below:

Me and some friends were on vacation at the end of December and had a few days to spend in Miami before boarding our cruise. We ended up staying at a pretty cheap hotel by the airport and it turned into a sort-of nightmare, but we powered through it. Apart from the extremely rude front desk worker who would not accommodate us in the least, our room never being cleaned once in a 3 day period, and most of the room falling apart, we had a pretty good time.

We had decided to stay a few days in Miami before the cruise because we had tickets to a New Year's Eve party downtown with Nicki Minaj and figured we would want some recovery time. Tip: If you're looking to go to an amazing New Year's Party in a big city, go to (I'm 90% sure that's the website we used). I googled "New Year's Eve Miami" and a few sites came up, and this website had a huge list, and a couple clubs that featured big name acts. It came down to Nicki Minaj or Lil' John, and it didn't take long to decide we'd rather party with the Queen Barb herself. We purchased the tickets around the 1st or 2nd of December and at that time tickets were at $50.00 for ladies, and I think around $100 for guys. We were a little apprehensive about these tickets, so we called the club beforehand to ensure they take these tickets we purchased online and they would have them at will-call. They did, so we decided to buy them, and it's a good thing we did because a few days later they went up to $100, and then a few days after that to $150! If you can plan in advance for New Year's, it's always best to do so as it may save you a ton of money.

After spending a couple hours getting ready, we called a cab and headed for downtown Miami. We were staying by the airport, so it was probably a 10 to 15 minute drive downtown, but so worth it to see the lights from the city as we drove over the bridge. The party was at a club called the Mansion, and we probably arrived around 10 pm or so. We wanted to make sure we could take advantage of the free drinks as long as possible. Oh, I didn't mention before they were free?!? Well, they were, and we certainly made use of that. The theme of the party was "All Pink Everything", and Nicki was not kidding. Everything was pink and sparkly and what I imagine heaven looks like. We had a blast walking around and taking everything in, taking a bunch of pictures with strangers, and getting excited for Nicki to show up. We also noticed people from the VIP had masks and hats, and we wanted some as well. We ended up meeting some people that so very nicely gave us the masks, and the hats. Either that or we stole them, I can't remember. That part's a little fuzzy.

It was nearing midnight, and by that time we were in the main room of the club dancing the night away. Pretty soon we heard that Nicki had arrived and the whole club went crazy, and then she made her appearance. She then led the countdown to midnight and it looked something like this:

New Year's Eve at the Mansion

Soon after, me and my friend decided we wanted to get a little closer to Nicki and ended up sneaking our way into VIP. We were already dancing on a platform, so we "snuck" into VIP by stepping down onto a couch and into the VIP area. Pretty stealthy work, I know. No one ended up seeing us, or no one cared, and we got right up to the stage. Nicki was sitting at the side of the stage and I really wanted her attention, so I started jumping up and down and waving my arms and screaming her name. It worked! She looked over and actually stared at me for a few seconds. I was happy with that, so I stopped. She then came to the front of the stage and everyone went crazy trying to climb up and take a picture with her. Naturally, we wanted one too, so we ended up asking some strangers if they would so kindly lift us up so we could get some pics, and they did. Both of us had her sign our hands and got a picture with her, and my friend actually got a hug from her! It was a-maze-ing.

Nicki arriving to the club

So, to recap, we spent just $50 each and got admission into the most beautiful club I've ever been to, free drinks all night, souvenir masks and hats, and meeting Nicki Minaj. It was the best NYE ever, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

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