Happy New Year
Throw a New Year's party that the kids will never forget. Instead of going out for New Year's this year, why not celebrate as a family and begin the year together?
- Balloons (children LOVE helium balloons)
- Make New Years Crackers - decorate tubes with tin foil and decorate with sequins, glitter, etc... put aside to dry - when dry fill with treats, hat, joke, and small toy
- Make noise makers:
- Make drums out of margarine containers
- Make shakers out of paper plates filled with rice or popcorn, fold in half, tape and staple, decorate
- Tape streamser to pots or stainless steel bowls and decorate tablespoons with ribbon banging on at Midnight
- Watch home movies
- Fill balloons with treats and confetti to be broken at Midnight
A buffet works best for this kind of party. Children love to be able to nibble and pick and choose a bit of each item for their plate. Serve a light dinner and then have the buffet later in the evening... if you are putting the clocks ahead to celebrate with young ones, have a late afternoon snack and serve the buffet as a late dinner.
- Cheese and cracker tray
- Meat tray with buns and butter pats
- Vegetables and dip
- Hot dog wraps: cut a hot dog into 4, wrap with bacon (partially cooked) and secure with a toothpick, grill
- Pigs in a blanket
- Lasagna roll-ups: cook lasagna noodles. spread meat sauce on noodle, sprinkle with motzerella cheese, roll jelly-roll fashion, spread sauce in bottom of pan and place roll-ups in pan seam side down, place sauce and cheese on the roll-up and bake until heated through and cheese is melted
Make an assortment of your family's favourite desserts for their enjoyment. Here are a few suggestions from my family's faves!
- Variety of cookies (shortbread, gingerbread, chocolate-chocolate chunk, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin)
- Rice krispie squares
- Butter tart squares
- Date squares
- Nanaimo bars (ok, I cheat - I buy mine at M&M's Meatshop- but I do make the rest!)
The Midnight Hour
If your children are too young to stay up this late, move your clock ahead 3 or 4 hours and celebrate the New Year a little early!
- Don't forget the countdown... at the stroke of Midnight, be ready with the noisemakers!
- Have sparkling juice to toast in the New Year
- Crack the New Year's Crackers you made earlier in the evening and pop the balloons!