How To Ring In The New Year Like Bridget Jones

New Year’s Eve is not for everybody. In fact, some of us find it downright silly. Pointy hats covered in glitter? Drunk people on every corner? Dodging a kiss from your college roommate’s cousin’s best friend at midnight? No thanks! It’s okay if you ring in 2014 from the comfort of your own couch — and we’re here to show you how.

First up, here’s how to ring in the new year in the style of our favorite (or shall I say favourite) single lady in existence, Bridget Jones! 

  • Rent “Bridget Jones’ Diary” and “Bridget Jones: Edge Of Reason!” Neither movie is on Netflix or Hulu Plus, sadly, but both are available on iTunes.
  • Another good option? The 1995 BBC version of “Pride & Prejudice” — starring Colin Firth, obvs — which Bridget is obsessed with in the book!
  • I’m not sure how to feel about the fact that you can Google “Bridget Jones blue soup recipe” and a real recipe actually comes up, but boom, there you go. (Don’t worry, it’s just leek soup with blue food coloring.)
  • Ditch your enormous stomach-sucking-in-panties for comfy PJ bottoms and of course your favorite reindeer jumper:

bridget jones reindeer jumper

  • “Fuck me, I love Keats!” says Daniel Cleaver, as he rows alongside Bridget on their minibreak. Did you know the poem they recite together is John Keats’ “To Autumn”?
  • It wouldn’t be a new year without a new journal, would it? Just don’t keep yours lying around for the men you’re shagging to read.
  • Salman Rushdie won’t make an appearance in your apartment, but you can still read this in-depth interview with him from The Paris Review.
  • The script never actually says what it is that Daniel and Bridget do in bed that’s “illegal in several countries,” but we have faith in your ability to figure it out.
  • If the night ends with two men sparring over old wounds and  your love in fistfight in the street, all the better!

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