The last two years my family has spent New Year’s Eve with two other families that have been our best buds for over a decade.
Over the past 10 years we have collectively added 8 other people to our “group” and now have different priorities.
We worked and planned a kid friendly and fun New Year’s Eve party. Yes, we could have gotten a sitter and sent the kiddos down to the family room for pizza and a movie but this year we wanted them to be in on all the fun.
We headed to Pinterest (I have an ongoing love/hate relationship with this site) and gathered ideas. We split up the duties, crafts, food and responsibilities.
This was easy – balloons marked with each hour from the time the party started until midnight. The kids each took a turn (we left out the baby, she knocked out at 7:30) popping a balloon on the hour and used Baby New Year’s diaper pin to do it.
Inside each balloon was a piece of a puzzle. On the puzzle piece was a clue in our fun old fashion scavenger hunt.
Most were riddles and took some time for the kids to figure’ em out. For example
The child that figured out the clue won a little trinket of a prize.
In between each top of the hour we played UNO, watched a Father Time cartoon, had the kids make their own personal pan pizza’s (while we noshed on grown up snacks) and had them have a flash light snow ball fight.
When the clock struck midnight we kissed on the cheek, blew our noise makers and we all went outside and lit a few sparklers.
The kids thought the whole night was the best ever.Usually we have our kids watch Australia’s ball drop, set the clocks forward and put them to bed by 9pm.
I hope that you enjoy your New Year’s Eve celebrations but more importantly have a great 2014!
Hopeful and Happy, Amy