But don’t worry — we’ve got this! We narrowed the list down to four of D.C.’s best parties, made sure there's plenty of room for you and your pals, and whipped up the perfect party outfit for each one. From fancy soirées to jazzy get-togethers to rock-'n'-roll dance parties, you'll find your ideal celebration here — and we even chose a New Year’s resolution for you: Start planning earlier for next year's bash.
For the hopeless procrastinator (who's reading this at 4 p.m. on December 31) or commitment-phobic partier, we’ve got an 11th-hour option just for you: D.C.’s favorite rooftop is hosting a bash and selling tickets at the door on the night of the event. At the W hotel’s Grandeur & Glamour New Year’s Eve Affair at P.O.V., you’ll enjoy DJs, party favors, a Champagne toast at midnight, and that famous view of our favorite city. Tickets are $100 at the door, or $75 if purchased in advance here. Limited bottle service seating is available by reservation only.
Clockwise from left: Topshop Crop Back Collarless Jacket, $130, available at Topshop; Kate Spade Scallop Hoops, $68, available at Kate Spade; Alice and Olivia Hadley Beaded Stripe Tank, $330, available at Alice and Olivia; Zara Studded Court Shoe, $69.99, available at Zara; Tibi Silk-faille Skirt, $525, available at Net-A-Porter; Banana Republic Jamie Box Clutch, $120, available at Banana Republic.
Where: 515 15th Street NW; 202-661-2400.
Photo: Courtesy of Jeff Martin
The Brixton, U Street's newest hot spot, is hosting a Mod-themed New Year’s Eve bash with live music from U.S. Royalty and tunes from DJ Baby Alcatraz, plus complimentary hors d’oeuvres and Champagne cocktails 'til midnight. Don’t like to start a party on an empty stomach? For an additional $25, you can come early to enjoy a four-course prix-fixe dinner. Reservations can be made for 6, 8, or 10 p.m. Tickets to the party are $50 per person, and doors open at 9 p.m.; to add a dinner reservation, click here.
Clockwise from left: H&M Pants, $24.95, available at H&M; Lauren Merkin Zoe Clutch, $295, available at Club Monaco; Magaschoni Short Sleeve Cashmere Crew, $58.99, available at eLuxe; Windsor Ivory Gold Pyramid Stud Earrings, $8.90, available at Windsor; Charlotte Russe Metallic Heel Glitter Bootie, $45.50, available at Charlotte Russe; Butter London 3 Free Nail Lacquer in Trout Pout, $14, available at ULTA.
Where: The Brixton, 901 U Street NW; 202-560-5045.
Photo: Courtesy of The Brixton
The historic Howard Theatre is hosting The Act, a theatrical masquerade ball in a swank setting. At this bash, you’ll be treated to onstage performances, complimentary masquerade masks and party favors, two levels with fully stocked bars, and a live feed of the Times Square ball drop. Bottle service is available, and reservations are recommended. Advance tickets starting at $50 can be purchased here.
Clockwise from left: rag & bone Black Leather Renard Dress, $1,405, available at Stylebop; Forever 21 Colorblocked Metallic Envelope Clutch, $24.80, available at Forever 21; White House Black Market Goldtone/Black Rectangular Drop Earrings, $14, available at White House Black Market; ALDO Firolber Pump, $48.99, available at ALDO.
Where: The Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW; 202-803-2899.
Photo: Courtesy of The Howard Theatre
This year's Brightest Young Things' event — the Fancy Schmancy New Year's Eve Ball — is aptly named. It’s hosted at the beautiful former residence of the Spanish Ambassador, the perfect backdrop for your first pictures of 2013, and it's close to Columbia Heights, U Street, Mount Pleasant, and Adams Morgan, so you’ll have an easy (okay, easier) time getting a cab home. Come for the DJs, magicians, appetizers, and all the no-holds-barred quirkiness that comes with a BYT party. Admission includes full open bar all night, and the $95 tickets can be purchased here.
Clockwise from left: Styles For Less Staggered Stone Bangles, $10.99, available at Styles For Less; Tinley Road Nicolette Clutch, $75, available at Piperlime; French Connection Ozlem Sequin Maxi Dress, $328, available at French Connection; Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss in Cranberry, $23, available at Pret a Beaute; ASOS Turtle Peep Toe Shoe Boots With Metal Heels, $79.16, available at ASOS.
Where: 2801 16th Street NW; no phone number.
Photo: Courtesy of Brightest Young Things