Tuesday, January 1, 2013

BEST New Year's Eve EVER! Fun activities for the kids!


Here are some of the things we did but the ideas are endless. I'm planning now what to do next year! My boys are 8 & 10 and LOVED everything planned. 


The boys woke up to this in the morning and were really excited! I had to work all day so the fun started shortly after I got off.


I put everything together after they went to bed. I printed the activities and used a cutter to make them into strips but you can hand write them instead. Sharpie and balloons, then attached them with fishing line from a vent and to the ceiling fan cord. There wasn't any weight to the line and I didn't want to make marks on anything attaching it. This worked out perfect!

I rolled each strip up and remembered the time so I could write it on the balloon. I thought that would be easy and I'm blaming that it was late but soon as I tied one balloon I forgot what time I was on :/ I ended up poking a hole in the balloon not to pop it and wake everyone. This let the air out much slower and my cat thought it was attacking her. She ran into the leg of the table knocking over Christmas decorations while she attacked it back. So much for quiet.



Let the fun begin!!!!

We decorated with the tags I made HERE


My boys LOVE shrimp and this has been a NYE tradition for a while now. 



He did such a great job finding and teaching this craft. We both had a different idea about creating a NYE popper. I thought about twisted paper filled with confetti but when he demonstrated this triangle piece of paper I was amazed. It makes a huge pop noise. I took video but I might have him make one showing how to make them.

Glow in the dark bubbles. Not the best glow on bubbles but so much fun playing with the glowing liquid.

Do you see the theme? Glow-in-the-dark! :)


They were sad to pop the last balloon and didn't want the fun to end.



Happy New Year!






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47 comments:

  1. I am so glad to have found this great post! Thanks for sharing these great New Years Eve Ideas!

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  2. love the balloon pop idea! thanks!!

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  3. nice work. I'm planning it out right now!!

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    1. Thank you! Glad this could inspire! Awesome!

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  4. Your ideas are so thoughtful.....love love love them.

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  6. I LOVE this! My kids are still really young, but I'm definitely going to do this in a few years. Going to share this on my blog though for sure!! Wonderful fun ideas!
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    1. Thank you very much! When my kids were younger and couldn't stay up I use to do a count down at noon instead of midnight. This way they could join in the celebration. Thank you for stopping by!

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    1. Awesome! Thank you, Amy! I appreciate you sharing!

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  8. This is such an awesome idea!! I just printed my list of activities and will get my items later tonight!! Perfect family activity especially allows for the inclusion of the smaller kids when it's only adults and older children!! Thank you for such an awesome idea!!

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    1. Thank you, Wendy! I'm so glad this was helpful and excited you are trying it too! Thank you for the very sweet comment and taking the time to post. Have a Happy New Year!

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  10. Thanks! I will probably use some of these ideas if you don't mind. :)

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    1. Absolutely! Thank you for taking the time to comment and have a Happy New Year!

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  11. Great idea!!! found this post through pinterest, and I am SO excited to do this with my family! Do you have directions or a link to how to make the NYE paper popper? :) Thanks so much!

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    1. Thank you, Chris! I'm sorry I didn't reply sooner. I totally forgot to post an update about the popper until your comment. I need him do a tutorial for the future. I hope you had a fun evening NYE! Happy New Year!

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  13. I just came across your blog today and absolutely LOVE it! Thank you so much for sharing all of your wonderful ideas!

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    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate the sweet comments and thank you for stopping by!

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    1. Thank you! Makes NYE go by so fast and absolutely no sleepy heads going to bed early!

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  15. You do not know how grateful I am for finding this. I am the "babysitter" this year for the adults and I will have 8 kids ages ranging 2 - 10 years old. This is just perfect.

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    1. Yay! I'm so excited! Thank you for visiting and the feedback! I usually work NYE but have off this year so I think the festivities will start MUCH earlier this year. Oh the boys will be so excited!

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  16. thank you for the wonderful post! this would be so much fun to do with the kids. I know that this will make new years so much fun for the whole family!

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  17. Thank you for posting this! I'm super excited to do this with my kiddos this year (ages 8,6,4,&4) I love how I can adjust it to fit our family... we celebrate with the kids EST instead of our PST so they don't stay up too late. :) Also, I'm really allergic to latex so although I was bummed at 1st, I'm going to try and use small brown paper bags and blow them up instead. Yay!
    Again, thank you! Have a wonderful New Year!

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    1. I am so excited you stopped by and thank you for commenting. I didn't even think about the latex but love the idea of the paper bags. Hope you had a wonderful NYE! Thank you!

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  18. love this post and the little information about the cat…hahaha HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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    1. Thank you! Never a dull moment with cats. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Happy New Year!

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  19. This is such an awesome idea! The kiddo's in our family range in ages from 7 - 14, so I am trying to think up some ideas that will be exciting for all! But a 9:00 dance party is a must! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate you taking the time to comment and love the feedback! Oooooh love the dance party. Get the energy out and great family fun moment for sure. Hope everything turned out wonderful! Happy New Year!

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  20. I'm so in love with this idea!!! Thank you for posting it!

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    1. Thank you so much! Glad you stopped by and thank you for commenting. Happy New Year!

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  21. I am printing my labels now! This is such a great addition to our family's NYE celebration! Thanks for sharing this awesome idea and I hope you have a very Happy New Year!!!

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    1. Yay! So glad this helped. I appreciate you taking the time to comment! Thank you! Hope you had a wonderful NYE! Happy New Year!

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  22. I'm 72 years old, but I wish you were MY mama!!

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    1. Love that! Thank you for the smile. Happy New Year!

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  24. We did this last year for our family gathering (we celebrate Xmas on NYE). It went over so well the kids were talking about it for most of the year! We did other activities including twister, decorating a gingerbread house, some wii and PS3 games, etc. This year we are planning on doing a dance party, sparklers, decorating caramel apples and more! Thanks so much for this idea- our family loves it and we plan to do it for years to come!

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    1. This makes me so happy!! I'm actually sitting here thinking of some new ideas this year and you listed so many great ones. Thank you for sharing! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment and the great feedback!

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