They say the way you spend New Year's Eve is the way you'll spend the rest of the year. (OK, I heard this on an episode of "The O.C. ") But point being, this holiday is Too. Much. Pressure...

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They say the way you spend New Year’s Eve is the way you’ll spend the rest of the year. (OK, I heard this on an episode of “The O.C.”) But point being, this holiday is Too. Much. Pressure.

Truth be told, I’d rather spend the evening in my pajamas than make overblown plans that leave me broke and hung over the next day — a rather inauspicious start to a new year. (Besides, what if the writers of “The O.C.” were right?)

But this year, I bought a new dress — a sparkly one — and I want to go somewhere to show it off. I want to be around other pretty dresses and eat chocolate and sip champagne and pretend I’m a grown-up. I want to do all of this and not spend more than $50.

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So it was like kismet when I heard about The Big Picture‘s New Year’s Eve Swanky Soiree in Belltown. There’s a cheese-and-dessert buffet, handwriting analysis and tarot-card readings from Jan the Psychic, “When Harry Met Sally … ” (one of my favorite movies of all time) on the big screen and, of course, fireworks from the Space Needle and a champagne toast at midnight.

“Think of a really hip cocktail party,” says Big Picture co-owner Mark Stern, who will open a second location at Redmond Town Center in March. “The attire is festive — definitely not bluejeans.”

Tickets are $45 at the door, 2505 First Ave., Seattle. Visit www.thebigpicture.net or call 206-256-0566 for more information.

Pamela Sitt: 206-464-2376 or psitt@seattletimes.com