HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Our ANNUAL New Year's Eve PARTY!!! Kid friendly activities!!!


We had such a fun New Year's Eve that I wanted to share what we did this year. Last year I started this BALLOON COUNTDOWN and it was a huge hit.

The kids loved it so much we are making it an annual thing. I wanted to let the kids invite some friends over for a New Year's Eve sleepover but since we had a GINGERBREAD DECORATING PARTY the Monday before Christmas and I couldn't get my act together, it didn't happen. So by party, I mean just the four of us. 

To start New Year's Eve out right I stayed up the night before and put up a 2013 number collage. I can't do anything small {{cue husband shaking his head}} :) These numbers are huge!! 

The boys LOVED this! It's 220 photos of everything we did during 2013....everything! A few unfortunate things were included as well. (BOTH kids breaking teeth and emergency root canals. UGH!!!)

I didn't realize when I thought of this idea that I always take and view photos of everything we do but sometimes I forget to show them. They spent the entire day looking at this collage. When I got off work I started putting together the balloon countdown.

Instead of using a sharpie on the balloons I printed tags with the times this year. FANCY!

Just like 2012 BALLOON COUNTDOWN (additional pics on the that post,) I rolled the paper strips and put them in the balloon before blowing them up. Then added the times to the outside.  

Really hard to get a good picture

They were so ready and waiting under the first balloon 

We didn't end up making cookies but dipped and decorated them. I wanted something easy and since we were just finishing dinner this worked out perfect. I originally planned to bake clock cookies but oh well. 

They used edible HOLOGRAPHIC glitter. Ooooohhh AAhhhhh! These pictures don't even come close to showing how amazing the glitter looked. 

I couldn't find the exact same but this is very similar. 

I found these tiny canvases at Micheal's craft store AND found cute mini canvases with little easels. Awwwww! So cute! The boys went mini vs tiny because of the easel. 

On display

He couldn't even wait until I took the picture to start. He LOVES shrimp!

Pictures say it all! Who doesn't like a silly string fight? AND it glows!

 The boys received a huge magic kit for Christmas and showing tricks everyday. I thought it would be fun to have our full attention and put on a magic show. I told them a couple days in advance to have each one plan and practice three tricks for the show. It's 9:05 -TIME FOR A MAGIC SHOW! I ended up videoing the entire thing so no pics. It was really cute.

The boys love this game. They both asked if we could play Monopoly next year. I told them then we would only have one balloon for the entire countdown. (Oh how I NEVER ever want to play that game again but we do every month or so. Lasts forever, even the short version)

We did a series of Minute to Win it games. This one they had to place a cookie on their forehead and with only facial expressions (no hands) they had to get the cookie into their mouth. This is so much fun to watch and I don't think the video is even watchable with me laughing so hard. 

The boys had apple cider and glasses dipping chocolate and sprinkles. One went a little overboard. 


Now for the goodies.....FIREWORKS!!! I wanted to shoot them earlier but when planning the countdown I didn't leave enough time in between activities. We went outside after our toast.

Want to see that last collage pic larger? OH MY these roman candles were AWESOME and HUGE!!!!


Awesome, right!?

They were so excited!

Hubby in the action too.


Doing this countdown makes the evening fly by and no chance of anyone falling asleep and speaking of sleep, the boys didn't get in bed until 1:30am!!! We all slept until noon yesterday. L-A-ZY!

I almost forgot our PHOTO BOOTH! The boys set it up between activities.

Don't be fooled by his "help me now" look. He had lots of treats during the evening, photo bombed tons of photos and even was singing with us.

Hope your New Year's Eve was a blast. Let me know if you did a fun kid friendly activity or used any of the same activities from 2012 or 2013. 

Thank you for stopping by!


  1. This is such a cute idea! I will have to do this when my little one gets a little bigger.

    1. Thank you! It's always so much fun. What I love it each year I can change it up to fit their age. Great family time for sure. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Happy New Year!

  2. Ahhhh! I love what you did this year!!! The ideas and the photos you captured of it all are fantastic.

    1. Thank you very much! I appreciate you taking the time and wonderful comments! Happy New Year!

  3. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    I LOVE that it's the same tradition every year but that you can adapt it to the ages of the kids and even the circumstances of where you live, the current weather, where you are financially... everything! We're very low on cash this year so can't afford anything fancy but this can really be inexpensive if we want.

    My kids are 6 and 9 and I think this will work great this year!! I'm looking forward to adding it to our family traditions and doing it every year :).

    Just wanted to comment on your dislike of Monopoly... I feel the same!! I absolutely dread the game because it ALWAYS takes forever!!! And your comment on your cat in 2012... ha, ha, ha... I thought I was reading about my cats!!

    Your dog is adorable :).

    Thanks again!!

    1. You are so sweet to take the time to comment. Thank you! I agree. Each year I change it up according to ages, likes, dislikes, and sometimes things we don't have time for on a regular day. I don't buy much really. I even used a few things we had on hand at the house. This year left over confetti eggs from Easter. The boys loved it! I think the excitement of whats next and the family time is the best. I asked them if they wanted friends over this year and they just wanted it to be our little family. Totally love that! Hope you had a wonderful NYE. Thank you again for your sweet comments.

  4. Hi Elena! Thank you so much for sharing this idea!! I read your 2012 post and love the update to the clocks on each balloon for 2013. I wish my daughter was old enough to do these activities, but since she's just a few months old, I'm gonna tweak the activities for the adults in the house to do. So fun!! I wrote about your idea in my blog post! I really hope you don't mind that I used one of your images and included a link back to your site. I just think this is such a fun activity for New Year's Eve! Thanks again!

    1. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting and even sharing on your blog. Thank you! So fun you tweaked it for the adults. Best that was a blast. When my kids were much much smaller (not as young as your daughter) I would do a countdown to NOON instead of midnight so they could have some fun too. They had no idea the difference. :) Thank you again!

  5. I used your balloon idea last year, and my girls are asking for it again! They loved it. The printable clocks are genius! I had a hard time writing on them. THANK YOU!

    1. I'm so glad! Yay! Thank you for taking the time to comment and share how they loved it too. I really appreciate the feedback. I did the printable clocks again this year. Saves so much time and no ink on my hand. Plus I thought a balloon would pop in my face any second writing on it. Lol. Hope your NYE was a blast.

  6. These crafts are absolutely genius! I love the numbers created out of photos!

    1. Thank you so much. I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment and the kind words! Thank you again!

  7. adorable! thanks for sharing. what lovely family time you created and amazing memories for your boys.

  8. Thank you so much for all of your great ideas! I did this last year for my boys and friends, and plan to do it again this year as their cousins are coming over. :)