On New Year’s Eve we make homemade pizza. It’s a tradition that has been around in our family since I was a kid, and something that I will continue to do with the kids, as long as they’re willing to spend it with me. It’s make your own pizza, Sundaes and drinks at our house – every year, without fail. The simple recipe is simple to prepare and can be easily paired with some of your favorite toppings.
The kids are starting to get a bit more adventurous with their topping choices, and we will make a trip to the store this afternoon for them to choose their toppings. Roasted garlic and pesto is one of my top choices every year, but this year I’m going to try a kale pesto recipe that I found in the Williams Sonoma Better from Scratch cookbook.
Surprise Bags for the Hourly Countdown
This year, we’re adding in a little bit of surprise, now that the kids are getting older and starting to understand the concept of a countdown. This year, we’re adding in surprise bags. I toyed with writing times on the bags, to be opened hourly – but since we’re likely going to fake the countdown (with the help of Netflix) we’ll just let the kids choose the bags, until they get to the last one filled with confetti to go with the balloons.
Bag No. 1 | DIY Party Hats
For this bag, fill it with a few party hats, some glitter stickers (or glitter and glue if you don’t mind getting messy) and have everyone decorate a party hat that they can wear through the night. Find stickers at the dollar store, and make this simple cheap craft for under five bucks for the entire family.
Bag No. 2 | Sundae Bar
Choose candy that sparkles and sines, and create Sundaes for an evening snack that’s nothing but boring. You could even make your own white chocolate magic shell, or accompany the ice cream with five minute white chocolate mousse for a simple but delicious dessert.
Bag No. 3 | Noisemakers
Use some of the leftover stickers to decorate noise makers that have been packaged and stashed away in a fun paper bag filled with excitement for ten o’clock. The noisemakers are perfect to stash away for midnight, when the big finale happens.
Bag No. 4 | Fill Your Memory Jar
Using a small or large jar and include a few strips of plain white paper for everyone to record some of their favorite memories from the year in the jar. Put a cover on, stash it away and bring it out later in the year, for a collection of everyone’s favorite memories from the year. Take a picture of everyone, with an instant camera like the Instax Mini or prepare ahead of time and stick a photo of the family inside.
Bag No. 5 | Kinder Surprise
I took a few of the leftover Kinder surprise chocolates and put them into a bag of their own, for a bit of extra fun during the night of festivities. When they open this bag, I’ve got one of the giant Kinder Egg surprises for them to open as well. I have a hunch that this might be one of the highlights of the night for the kids, you know, aside from the make your own Sundae.
Bag No. 6 | Balloon Drop
Balloon drop time. Two dollars has never been so exciting. Blow up the balloons and use a net, or a string to suspend them from the ceiling. When it comes time to celebrate by screaming HAPPY NEW YEAR you can drop the balloons and listen to the screams of delight from the kids.
Happy new year celebrations from our family to yours!