Ready to ring in the new year
I’ve never been a person who loves getting dressed up, spending a lot of money and fighting crowds on New Year’s Eve. Fancy dinners and dances were fine when I was younger, but now that I have kids, I like to ring in the new year with them in comfy clothes.
With my boys’ crazy hockey schedules and after the chaos of Christmas, I really do appreciate having a relaxed New Year’s Eve with my family and a few friends.
For the last several years, my husband and I have enjoyed a low-key New Year’s Eve celebration with our kids and some of our neighbourhood friends. It’s a casual party, but we do manage to make it special with fantastic food and a few fun DIY details.
The best part of the night for my kids and their friends is opening the activity countdown bags I put together for them every year. Each bag has a time on it and contains a treat, trinket or activity and the kids open a new bag every hour until midnight. It’s a fun way to keep the kids entertained and it helps build the anticipation as they count down to the new year.
Some items I have used to fill activity bags in past years include the following: “Year in review” questionnaires, craft supplies to make hats and noisemakers, balloons, popcorn, hot chocolate, props for a photo booth, games, noisemakers and cookies.
Of course, it’s important to set the stage with New Year’s Eve decorations. Using marked down Christmas decor in gold and silver is a clever idea. This year, I purchased an adorable silver and gold garland and a glittery gold wreath. When I hang them on Dec. 31, no one will know they were meant for Christmas.
Festive food is also a must. I love purchasing store-bought fortune cookies, dipping them in melted white chocolate, adding colourful sprinkles and letting them dry on a piece of waxed paper. They look super fancy and festive on a silver tray and they taste great. I also like to serve cookies and milk (in plastic wineglasses) at midnight for a special kid-friendly version of a midnight toast.
And no party is complete without a few fun party favours. This year, I am printing four-inch by six-inch cards that say, “Make 2019 Sparkle!” I’m cutting a couple of slits in each one and I’m inserting sparklers. I’m also filling small plastic wineglasses with Hershey’s Kisses, adding a noisemaker and packaging them with tags that say, “Midnight Kisses.” And finally, every child at the party will be leaving with a candy ring that says, “Ring in the new year!”
Little DIY details don’t take a lot of time or money, but they do make a celebration memorable and special. My blog (EastcoastMommy.com) has many ideas for New Year’s Eve family fun, including all the tags I mentioned above, so pop on over to check them out.
I hope you are able to ring in 2019 surrounded by your most treasured family and friends. Happy new year from my family to yours!
New Year’s Eve celebrations can be simple and fun with the right DIY ideas.