Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!!!
I know that many people are describing 2016 as a horrible year, but for us it was a pretty good year. Nothing too eventful happened, but we sure did have some fun. And just like last year, we rang in the new year (early) with some great friends. We headed over around 4, with the plan to let the kids play, eat some yummy food, play some fun party games, and then ring in the new year with an earlier time zone. We definitely accomplished all those things and then some and had a really fun evening! We got home just before 10 pm and Noah was absolutely exhausted! I'm impressed he lasted as long as he did after a very busy week and no nap!
When it comes to "parties" with my good friend, Nesa, we each stick to our strengths. She takes care of the menu and I take care of the kid activities and crafts. After playing "Pass the Parcel" at his cousin's birthday and seeing it on an episode of PJ Masks, Noah was very eager to play it with his friends on New Year's Eve! I wrapped up 3 PEZ dispensers as the "big gift" for the three kids to share. I then added six more layers of wrapping paper with a few pieces of candy inside each layer. Chris played some music on my phone while the kids passed the "parcel" around in a circle. When the music stopped, the child holding the gift got to unwrap one layer of paper and keep the candy inside. We kept going until the last gift was unwrapped. It's a really simple game that you could play at anytime and the kids really do love it. While we did candy, it would be fun to fill it with Dollar Store toys as well :)
We then played this really simple game where the kids (and adults) had to blow a solo cup across the floor using a straw. We had to remind them multiple times not to use their hands, but it really was fun and rather amusing to watch. It was quite fortunate that we had an empty dining room to use as our "race course" since my friends are expecting their new dining set to be delivered next week!
We then made a little craft that also doubled as some fine motor skill practice. I brought over some pipe cleaners and pony beads. The intent was for the kids to make a little bracelet, but Noah remembered making a candy cane ornament with the same supplies last year and wanted to do that again instead.
Our last activity before the countdown was the simplest but also probably the most fun for the kids. I haven't met a kid who doesn't like balloons. We simply blew up a few balloons and let the kids bounce them around trying to keep them from touching the ground. Take my advice and keep a few balloons on hand this winter. If you are ever stuck inside and running out of things to do, just blow up a few balloons and you will be amazed at how long they are entertained!
As I mentioned before, I took care of the activities and my friend took care of the menu. While we brought a simple cheese platter (like the one I served at Canadian Thanksgiving), she took care of everything else! She makes this delicious bean dip perfect for dipping vegetables in. We then had a Penne with Sausage Ragu, Chicken Francese, Grilled Portobello Mushrooms, and Salad. We finished the night with an assortment of homemade cookies and a Munchkin "cake" (that we also sang Happy Birthday to Chris over). My friend and her husband have been living a very healthy lifestyle for over a year now, and everything she made was super healthy and "compliant". So other than the cheese we brought and the wine we indulged in, everything was really healthy. It made me feel better about overindulging this holiday!
Finally it was time to break out the party supplies and ring in the new year! We found the London 2017 Countdown on YouTube and counted down along with the TV. The boys loved those noisemakers a little too much and loved "scaring" Chris with them. I'm kind of surprised he can still hear today!
I hope you had a wonderful New Year's Eve and have an even better 2017!!!
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