The kids really get into the kitchen countdown tradition, we have done it the last 3 years. After we put them to bed, I love snugglin’ up to my husband to watch a movie, and pushing pause around midnight to watch the ball drop. After our New Year’s smooch, we push “Play” and finish up the movie. We are old…and boring(except that smooch)…and… I LOVE IT!
We made these goofy glasses today. Head over to Make and Takes for directions. While you are there, at the end of the post is a link for homemade New Year’s Eve Noise Makers made out of toilet paper rolls. They make the sound of a kazoo while blowing into them. I get a little jeebed out thinking about putting my mouth on something that spent so much time in a bathroom, so I will let my girls do the noise making.
We also made these Noisemaker Shakers out of ribbon spools. (go to Family Fun.com for directions) The girls decorated them with their brand new glitter glues the got from Santa. They turned out pretty cute, no picture for ya, though.
I plan on making these cute pancakes for breakfast, using this recipe, on New Year’s Day. (Picture and idea from FamilyFun.com) I will sprinkle dried cranberries as the confetti since it is what we have on hand. (gotta stick to the challenge!)
I bought some poppers that have little toy surprises in them when you pull the string, and some silly New Year’s Day hats. We have a countdown in our kitchen using our kitchen timer, well before midnight, so we can put the kids to bed and enjoy the new year alone as a couple. We usually do the kids countdown around 10:00 so they still feel like they get to stay up “late.”
One of these years I may feel motivated to have a party and invite lots of friends over. Usually, we are just getting over all the family Christmas celebrations, so we are partied out by New Year’s Eve.