I kicked off the New Year alone in Paris with nothing to do.

It was my first ever New Year’s Eve spent out of the country, not to mention alone, and I had only a few short days to make a game plan. Right off the bat, I decided that, given the choice between an all-out nightclub with strobe lights and disco balls vs. staying home by myself with a bottle of red wine, I’d opt for the latter. But ideally I wanted to find some middle ground between the two — maybe a quaint bistro party with sparkling conversation en français, or possibly a sophisticated and slightly fancy family fête, complete with warm pork roasts, multiple rooms to roam, and a guest list of 40 people.

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