I decided to take the bull by the horns this past NYE and make it a fun one with the kids. After kids New Years Eve became one of those celebrations that would give me the grumpies. You can’t dress up because you have no where to go because you can’t find a sitter because who the hell wants to watch a bunch of kids on New Years Eve?! Soooo, I flipped my mindset and made the last night of 2013 awesome! Momma got to dress up and Daddy loved it! We had crab cakes from Maryland for dinner and the kids had their choice (Chick-fil-A). We popped champagne, shot off fireworks, did goal setting, had activities to countdown to midnight, and did a balloon drop to celebrate the New Year coming in. We even turned our Christmas tree into a New Years Eve tree. The kids loved every minute of the evening and it has definitely become a NYE (with kids) tradition in the Saving Benji household.
NEW YEARS EVE TREE: I used NYE party hats, crowns, and horns we already had.
I put a disco ball in the kitchen; and that puppy will be hanging up there as long as we keep dancin’ in the kitchen!
I bought six balloons and put inside each balloon an activity written down on paper. Every hour, on the hour during countdown the kids took turns popping their balloon of choice; and doing the activity inside.
THESE WERE THE DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES IN EACH BALLOON
We planted a seed:
I painted the kids faces
DIY NOISE MAKER: Once again I used what we had around the house; bells, ribbon, and chopsticks.
GOAL SETTING: Why NOT throw some glitter on those goals for 2014?!! Plus, it was definitely fun to hear what the kids had to say.
FOR GAMETIME WE JUST PLAYED A FEW ROUNDS OF THE FAMILY’S FAVORITE BOARDGAMES.
These activities were great because it kept time speeding by, and involved all of us. The kids made it to 11:15 and asked if we could do the countdown early, so into the balloon drop room we went. Counted down from ten at the top of our lungs and enjoyed the balloons and sparkles raining down; and yes the clean up was worth it.
FYI: I first tacked the tablecloth to the ceiling to secure until it was time. When the kids were ready I switched the thumbtacks to tape. We just happened to have a large decorative candy cane on hand from Christmas, so I used it to hook a side of the tablecloth. I pulled and they all fell down.
After the balloon drop we had a slumber party in the living room. The kids were out in 7 seconds, and my hubby and I high fived one another into 2014.