The amount of planning that goes into organizing the perfect New Year’s celebration rivals any holiday festivities. From the most stylish outfit, to a great location, to your chosen company, every detail must be perfected to start the year anew. Why not help the businesses in the Short North get the party started as the world rings in 2012? The District is your number one destination for all the best ideas and events. Whether you want an intimate evening at home, a jam-packed party, or a night at a bar where everybody knows your name, the Short North Art’s District has what you need, plus the perfect good luck meal for the day after.

Luckily, New Year’s Eve is on a Saturday this year, so you have plenty of time to spend preparing or relaxing. If you dig the local art scene, be sure to check out STRUCTURE: Paintings by Brian Elston at Grid Furnishings. The exhibit closes December 31, 2011, leaving just enough time to check out the works before you head out to party. While in Grid, also check out the other modern furnishings from local designers and give your place the face lift it needs for holiday company!

Do you want to throw the perfect New Year’s Eve party at home and need help to bring your vision to life? Zengenius Visual Merchants LLC offers everything to make your shindig fabulous. From event decor to simple creative direction and visual audits, Zengenius will spruce up your place in no time. The team can create imaginative event decor from initial inspiration to final installation. They believe in authentic, fresh, and well-designed concepts that enhance visual presence. Call Zengenius today for a consultation and welcome your guests in style.

If you’re looking to end 2011 with a bang, hit up the biggest party in the area at Hyatt Regency Columbus. For over 30 years, The Hyatt Regency Columbus has been throwing the largest New Year’s Eve celebration in Ohio. Seventy thousand square feet is transformed into the most engaging and interactive live entertainment party complex in Ohio! Party with bands like The Personnel, Soul Kitch’n, Love Sick Radio, Bon Journey, Lt. Dan’s New Legs, Granny Shot, My Sister Sarah, Reaganomics, & Eldorado Karaoke. Laugh and sing along with Columbus’ very own entertainment legend and Ohio State party tradition, Chris Logsdon live! Mix up your evening of live entertainment by dancing the night away with DJ Marino Monaco and DJ Ant pumping out all of your favorite techno, club, hip hop, and top-40 dance tunes with video. Individual tickets are $129 and include access to the many enterainment areas, complimentary beverages and hors d’oeurves throughout the night, and a champagne toast at midnight. Packages are also available with luxurious room rentals so call the Hyatt for reservations today!

If you are picturing something a bit more casual in your New Year’s future, check out Bernard’s Tavern for your festivities. They will have a black and white theme for the night with correlating decorations throughout the bar. Party favors and a midnight champagne toast will be handed out to everyone in the bar. The usual great food, drink specials, and atmosphere of Bernard’s will still be there for New Year’s so you’re sure to have a great time. The bar will fill up quickly and there will be a maximum capacity so Bernard’s suggests arriving early. Everyone at the bar wants to wish you a very Happy New Year!

One other district favorite offering New Year’s fun is Surly Girl Saloon. The special of the day for New Year’s Eve will be pasta with sauteed veggies in a champagne sauce for only $11. A complimentary toast will be given at midnight for those who wish to stay late. Delicious brunch will be served Saturday and Sunday as usual from 11am to 4pm. Also on New Year’s Day, you can come to Surly Girl for your 2012 good luck meal. Pork and sauerkraut special will be served all day for $10. Top your meal off with a little something sweet by induling in the champagne themed cupcakes all weekend. As always, Surly Girl is open late to tame your hunger at any time for the holiday weekend.

If your mouth is watering already thinking of your New Year’s Day dining plans, you can also visit Spinelli’s Deli for your dose of good luck in 2012. There are various pork and sauerkraut options to cover your bases. We suggest trying the classic Reuben and the Italian Sausage Sub. Bring a friend and you can go halfsies on these yummy sammies to satisfy your craving!

There truly is no better option than the Short North this New Year’s weekend. We have all the best food and drink options, happening parties, and beautiful decorating ideas to party at home. We offer it all, plus safe transportation via the many taxis, pedicabs, and #2 or #21 COTA busses which run through the District, so play it safe with your weekend festivities and head to the District for a great time. The Short North Art’s District looks forward to seeing you out and about and wants to wish you and yours a very happy, healthy 2012!