Happy New Year It’s 9pm!

New Year’s with kids just isn’t the same.  Granted now I don’t have to wear high heals and wait at the bar for a drink, but partying with the mini pack can still be fun especially if you can celebrate the ball dropping at 9pm!

We start with some sparkle cause who doesn’t like to wear a little sparkle to a party? If age appropriate once the sparkle has worn off it is time to don our baby new year suits.  The pictures get funnier and funnier each year.  Toss in the props and in our case see which kid cries first.

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This has become a hit or miss in our family but is still so easy and so fun.  Place bags with small goodies in them for each half hour as you count down to “midnight”  The bags are not filled with anything overexciting, as a parent, but for the kids are like gold.  We make sure we fill the bags according to what we’ll be able to handle.  For example the candy usually goes as to what will be right after dinner and the horns don’t make an appearance till the very end.

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Some winners for us include…

  • Candy (such as ring pops to ring in the new year)
  • Party Beads
  • New Year’s Crowns
  • New Year’s Horns
  • Gold Coins
  • Play dough Cans
  • Princess Wands
  • Bubbles
  • Stickers & Stamps

I’ve seen people that do some amazing things like make pizza with the dough in the shape of the year, balloon drops off the celling fan, and hourly party games and activities.  I’m not sure even for me if I’m into it that much.  Honestly I feel like New Year’s Eve unless you have a rockin’ party to go to like a wedding or an epic event is like prom; all hype and no big delivery.  Not to say I didn’t have fun at my proms but the getting ready was the exciting part.

Thanks to Netflix, they again will be streaming It’s Almost Midnight- Netflix 2016 Kids New Year’s Eve Countdown.  This 5 minute countdown which can feature characters of their choice is free for subscribers.  Don’t forget the bubbly juice in “fancy” glasses and let your countdown begin.

My girlfriends and I try these every year.  We even get them into bed by 9:15 but some how the girls wake up around 11:45pm.  Go figure, so we let them celebrate.  Hope your New Year is filled with sunshine, love and seashells.

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Share what fun kids stuff you do for New Year’s Eve.

Sprinkling Holiday Cheer 

In my new adventures of crafting and design I’ve been trying to tackle my mantle.  My old house didn’t have one and the one at my childhood house never changed much. 

I figured Christmas was as good as time as ever to give it a fresh look.  I’ve been waiting for the chance to make our family have matching stockings, and this is finally it.  

I wanted burlap as I like the texture the fact that I can dress them up and change them year to year.  

This year I went with a nautical and brown, silver and cream theme. Granted it was truly stuff around my house that we already had.  I wasn’t about to go out and drop a small fortune. 

I was going to make my own stockings as a friend graciously gave me all the burlap from her wedding.  This is probably why this project never got off the ground  I was lacking motivation to sew with this sometime difficult fabric. That being said on one of my strolls thru Hobby Lobby I found these perfect ones for cheaper than I could have ever made them. 

I than purchased wooden letters from Michael’s Stores matching our initials. Drilled holes so I could hang and attach them.  Painted them silver so they would pop against the burlap.  

 
It took 3 coats as I didn’t want any natural wood color to pop thru. I than covered them in Martha Stuart’s fine silver glitter.  

 
I think they came out quite nice and am pleased.  I figure when I get bored of the letters I can change them out for ribbons or something else.  

 I added some touches to the overall mantle with silver candles and starfish I had. I glued twine around small starfish to make decorative details for the candlesticks.  

 
And than it was to hunt around the house to finish it up.  I have little kids at home so the cresh had to be up high and who doesn’t love some lights.   

 

So there we are dressed and ready for the big man to come for the 25th. I will say this was a fun project but so was putting out the key at our old house.  (For those of you that don’t have a chimney check my post here about Santa’s key.) Let’s hope Santa is good to all of us and fills them up.  

Merry Christmas everyone.