New Year's Day

New Year's Day is both an annual tradition and something completely new. Here, find ideas for what to do on New Year's Day (and New Year's Eve), what to eat, and how to make the most of your first day of the new year.

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25 Best Romantic Dessert Recipes
Whether you're planning for the ultimate date night, or a special Valentine's Day dinner—and need a decadent dessert to finish off the evening—these romantic dessert recipes may be just exactly what you need. Chocolate desserts tend to be the go-to option for a romantic dinner (after all, chocolate has some impressive health benefits and is considered an aphrodisiac), but you don't have to stick with chocolate. There are plenty of sweet fruit dessert recipes for you to consider.And fortunately, many of these romantic dessert recipes can be made ahead of time or are easily put together—so you have more time to focus on your date, instead of your dessert.RELATED: Creative At-Home Date Night Ideas
How Real Simple Editors Are Celebrating New Year’s Eve (Safely) This Year
Glittering parties and crowded celebrations may be off the table this year, but we’re still celebrating a new year in other ways—here’s how.
Easy Steak Dinner Recipes
Craving meat? Indulge in one of these simple yet tasty meals, from Cajun skirt steak with corn to seared steak with potato salad.
9 New Year's Food Traditions That Bring Good Luck
Many traditional New Year's Day foods are believed to bring a year of good luck. Learn why black-eyed peas, pork and cabbage could bring you good fortune.
19 Inspirational New Year's Quotes for a Fresh Start to Your Year
Come New Year's Eve, we're all looking for a little inspiration for the year ahead. These motivational, serious, and funny New Year's quotes or caption ideas from celebrities, beloved fictional characters, and other notables might have the power to give us a sunnier outlook for the brand new year. RELATED: 16 Inspiring Books to Help You Start Fresh in the New Year New Year's quotes, on the other hand, are all about celebrating after the New Year's Eve holiday: They're about making the most of a new year, and all the new years to come, with or without New Year's resolutions. Pick your favorite inspirational New Year's quote, and start the year with a fresh attitude.
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Champagne Cocktails to Upgrade Your New Year's
Toasting to 2021 with a classic glass of bubbly is definitely in order—whether you drink it straight up or in one of these swanky champagne cocktails.
Make-Ahead Dinner Party Menu
This easy-to-execute game plan ensures that the meal will be delicious and the host (that's you) will be relaxed, happy, and nowhere near the kitchen.
8 Resolutions You Can Actually Stick to for a Happier, Healthier 2022

Big, sweeping New Year's resolutions can be tough to stick to. These smaller ones, however, are much easier—and they're good for you, too.