Dec 28, 2012

New Year's Day Hangover Tips

So it is the 1st of January 2013 and you have woken up looking like this...

We all know that New Year's Day is a bit of a write-off and resolutions always officially 'start' on the 2nd, so see New Years day as a kind of pre-resolution duvet day because you have always got 364 other days to sort your life out anyway. However, if you want a cure to ease the pain a little here are some tips to make you feel less like the walking dead.

- Water, water, WATER! -

We all know that feeling of waking up and your mouth is as dry as Ghandi's flip flop and all you want is something that doesn't smell like alcohol. So a bit of juice or water will do a miracle! If you are a bit of a veteran you would have sensibly drank a gallon of water before you went to bed, but if not then you will soon know about it in the morning.

- Hair of the dog -

The term comes from an English colloquial expression that is predominantly used to refer to alcohol that is consumed with the aim of lessening the effects of a hangover, trust me being English we know what we are doing. If you have woken up still drunk then you may as well carry on anyway, crack open that Christmas sherry.

- Maccas brekkie -

So you have told yourself that this will be the year you will finally have Jennifer Lopez's body, but come on you have 364 other days to start that and at the moment you are close to death so get a Maccas down you because it's the only way you can survive. A double sausage and egg McMuffin with three hash browns + bacon will sort you out in no time.

- Check Facebook -

Oh no, you've been tagged! There is nothing worse then waking up with 10 notifications that indicate some serious drunken errors from the night before that are displayed for all the world to see, so first of all get rid!  For much needed counselling and reassurance how about calling your mates you were out with on NYE to see how they feel and maybe with some support and guidance you will get to see January the 2nd together.

- Movies -

When you've finally made that triumphant walk curled in your duvet to the couch, you know there is hope. Have a good selection of movies that make you feel better about the year ahead, so movies like musicals, Pretty Woman and maybe Bridget Jones or if you're a bloke something hardcore like Rocky 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6 and 7.

- Swim -

Nothing worse then waking up with the alcohol sweats is there? So get up, put yourself in your cozy and take the plunge! It will be the quick shock to the system you need (it may involve swearing a bit) but please leave the mankini at home though lads, no one wants that image to start the year with.

- Beach -

Come on you Aussies this is what you do best! Lounge around in the sun, take a nap and be a beach bum. The sun will warm your soul and bring it back hopefully. Take a book, plenty of water and suncream lay down your beach towel and set yourself up for the day, bliss!

- Back to Bed -

Hangover hungover dog with hangover
If this is all too much and you are at death's door then best stay in bed, sleep can do miracles. It's even better if you are at home and your dear mum can give you some TLC, if not then you will have to man up I'm afraid.

Hopefully by the 2nd you will feel all rejuvenated and fresh to take on 2013 full pelt and be ready to achieve all your resolutions...until you reach the weekend where you maybe hungover again, if so consult the list and plan to start the resolutions the next day.

Have a brilliant New Year! Party in style and responsibly. 

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Dec 13, 2012

How to throw an 'End of the World' Party

So apparently according to the Mayan Calendar the world is going to end on the 21st of December, which conveniently lands on a Friday, so combining these two reasons I say that makes for one hell of a P-A-R-T-Y excuse! If the world does indeed end you want to make your last hours on earth memorable, the world is a fun place so make the most of it while you can!

Party Supplies -

You have to be prepared for the worst so we suggest you get yourself loads of water (booze), tinned food, flash lights, batteries and food that won't go off, given the chance you all survive to see the 22nd you will be glad you bulk bought baked beans.
Maybe go for finger food for the evening of the party, it's quick and easy to eat so then you have more time to boogie and of course do all the stuff you want to do before time runs out (wink wink)

- Guest List -

Now you don't really want to invite people you don't like or those annoying kind of people you only invite because you feel bad. So family and friends and people you really wish you saw more off, don't hold out on Brad Pitt RVSP'ing you though, but it is worth a try I guess.
The Stag Convergence
 You want a laugh with people who make you remember how good life is, who let you forget that maybe in a few hours the world will blow up. Encourage toasts and group hugs through out the evening, and of course the hokey cokey and silly games such as Charades (always a winner)

Costume Ideas -

Zombies: The most obvious I guess, I mean you may as well look dead when you become dead?
Superhero: Be your favorite superhero for your last night on earth and maybe you may save the world!
Movie Character: 'Armageddon' - Bruce Willis or maybe the '28 Days Later' Zombie look.
Jesus: Make people pray to you in there last moment and confess all their sins, so if the world doesn't end you can tell everyone their secrets.

Or failing these why not check out our 'End of the World' category for ideas.


REM - "It's the end of the world as we know it."

Well this is an obvious first choice.

U2 -  "Until the End of the World"

You can't go wrong with a bit of U2 can you? Bono obviously didn't do his best in saving the world, but he sure saved good music.

Pearl Jam -"Alive"

If by half past midnight nothing has happened then you can all belt out this corker "Hey, I, I, oh, I'm still alivvveee!" and still stick it to the man!

Muse - "Supermassive Black Hole"

"Glaciers melting in the dead of night and the superstars sucked into the 'supermassive'" Muse seem to know something we don't...However, in song form it doesn't sound that bad.

Swedish House Mafia -"Save the World"

You've got to have a bit of a rave if it's your last time, and Swedish House Mafia plan to save the world so join them.

Blondie - "Rapture"

Every wannabe hard girl in the 80's wanted to be her, so if you're an 8o's baby then here is your last chance to be the woman you've always wanted to be before the atomic bomb drops.

Crowded House - "Don't Dream It's Over" 

This is a song to play just before midnight, gather all your mates and family and sway to "hey now, hey now! Don't dream it's over" perfect.

Spice Girls  - "Spice Up Your Life" 

Well, why not? It can't be all doom and gloom these girls will "Take You Where You Gotta Go" and even give advice "Smiling Dancing Everything Is Free. All You Need Is Positivity." GIRL POWER.
Please avoid all emo or country music, no one wants to die to that.

- Location -

For an event of this magnitude, you will want the best possible location. Since no one knows just yet how the world will actually end it is recommended you find a location that will be as safe as possible given all potential circumstance.
So maybe somewhere that is high above ground, so if it floods you can still party till it reaches you and wave to everyone else floating by. Make it one to remember, this is the last party you will throw and you want it to take everyone's breath away, so dust of your disco ball and make it a cracker!

- No Regrets -

Make going out in style your main priority, if that means eating so much cake you feel sick, getting with someone you've always wanted to get with in your last passionate romp or ending in a circle of all your mates singing 'Wonderwall' by Oasis. Whatever you wish to do, do it! And if the world doesn't end then you can always blame everything on the Mayan. It wouldn't have happened had they learned to count.