Kid-Friendly New Years Eve

New Years Eve used to be filled with hotel parties and getting all dressed up and a headache.  When you have kids, things change, or at least they did for us.  We’ve been staying home for, I can’t even tell you how long.  This year my oldest was hoping to go out with some friends but her plans changed at the last minute so we all just made the most of it.  I put each one in charge of something {Entertainment, Food, and Decor} and gave them a budget.  We had a pretty good list of things to do too!

 

Entertainment:

  • Wii Bowling tournament with prizes
  • Jenga
  • Balloon Drop
  • Watch a Movie
  • Monopoly
  • Silly String Fight

 

Food:

  • Steak
  • Double Baked Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Corn
  • Salad
  • Bread & Butter
  • Little Hot Dogs in Croissants
  • Red Velvet Cake w/Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

 

Decor:

  • Party Hats
  • Horns
  • Glow Sticks
  • Indoor Fireworks

 

After we got all our supplies, we went into high party planning mode.

 

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We started with our little hot dogs as an appetizer.  Then just got all goofy with the headbands on our heads.  I forgot to take photos of my dinner {which was SO good}!!!  Played our Wii bowling tournament and the one who had the lowest score was eliminated.  We played until it was down to just myself and my husband.  He won, boo.  I gave him all my kisses as a prize….HERSHEY’S KISSES that is! 🙂  Then it was time to play our new holiday game, Jenga.  That was a blast!  By then, the kids were starving again, so I brought out the cake.  Before we knew it, it was time for the countdown {not the NY one, the Chicago one…which btw, I wish they would have a better countdown show….ours sucks.  Not that I expect one like NY, but something a little better that what we have, I mean, we are big city…really?} anyway, earlier my husband put all the balloons that I blew up {yes, 24 all by myself} in some plastic that he uses to cover furniture while painting and doing his drywall work.  He stood at the top of the staircase and threw them over the banister on the kids when it was midnight!  All of a sudden they started chasing each other with silly string and popping the little pop it fireworks!  I had silly string and confetti all over my house!  Of course, all that partying created quite the appetite so we cooked up some mozzarella sticks, toasted to the New Year, watched a movie, in the dark with our glow sticks.  We were up until 3am!

 

 

Welcome to 2014

 

It’s January 1, 2014!  YAY, we survived the night and now it’s on to our newest tradition, New Years Day Brunch.  First I had to wake up the kids…Morning

and once I did, we let the feasting begin!

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later in the day we played Monopoly & ate home made Mac n’ Cheese!

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As a mom, I had the BEST 24 HOURS EVER!!  Happy New Year to your and yours!  May 2014 be a happy, healthy and prosperous one for you all!

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