I love ringing in a new year. I like the feel of that line of demarcation–out with the old and in with the new. To celebrate New Year’s Eve where I live, we best the Ball Drop at Times Square in New York City with the Idaho Potato Drop. I’m telling you, click into that link because there’s a fun video on the other end letting you know all about it. By all counts, the Idaho Potato Drop looks like a partyin’ good time, but you know what?
It’s freeze-your-ass cold out there on New Year’s Eve. Even though I know how to dress for the cold, I just might not make it out there this year. We’ll see.
I know some other people who might not enjoy hanging out in the cold on New Year’s Eve–my little nieces.
But kids deserve to celebrate too, so I made New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags for them.
New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags are bags (paper lunch bag size/style) with treats or party supplies for each hour of the countdown to midnight. On the hour, every hour, kiddos get to open a new bag of surprises to keep their interest in the festivities, help them stay awake, and help them celebrate.
We did this a couple of times when our kids were growing up. They were older at the time than my nieces are now, so the bags had paper analog clocks on them and the surprises inside were geared to their ages. Rather than a clock, these bags have a simple number to denote the hour and mostly have New Year’s Eve party supplies appropriate for any age.
Think of the possibilities!
Depending on the age of the kids, your budget, or a theme, you could do pretty much anything. All the bags could be based on a character or movie, or they could coordinate with your other party theme decor.
The surprises can be a movie that hasn’t been seen yet, games, gifts, candies or cookies, noise makers, balloons–seriously, the sky’s the limit on what you can think of for these.
If you’re working within a tight budget, think of what you’ve got on hand to make these fun countdown bags. They can be as simple or as elaborate as you can imagine.
I made bags for 6 – 12 and I doubt my nieces will be able to stay up for seven hours, so I probably made too many bags, but their mom can reconfigure the goodies inside, depending on what she thinks they can manage. I got small candy to alternate every other bag, streamers, poppers, horns, party hats, and noisemakers. The big noisemakers were loaded into the bags closer to midnight. This has to be strategic because we don’t want mom and dad to go nuts and close down the party early!
There’s still time to pull these together for the big night.
Here’s wishing you a safe and fun New Year’s Eve celebration and a Happy New Year!