New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, which means two things: We can finally—finally!—kiss this god-awful shit show of a year goodbye, and we have a legitimate excuse to go buy something fabulous and shiny. (We’ve curated some outfit ideas for you here—they’re shoppable, too!) However you plan to ring in the new year—dancing cheek by jowl at some fabulous party; watching the ball drop in the comfort of your living room; whatever you damn well please, because, let’s be honest, you deserve it—we’ve conjured some photographic inspiration to get you in the mood, courtesy of the sharpshooters at BFA. From the Soho Grand’s Annual Black & White Masquerade Ball to live music at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn to some simply divine fetes that rival any NYE bash, we’ve rounded up the best snapshots from celebrations past. Heat up some mulled wine, queue up “Auld Lang Syne,” and click through our slideshow, above. Cheers, readers, to a new beginning.