Guest Post by Carrie of Sweet Spot Candy Bar
“I love New Year’s Eve. It’s a night without any set rules on how you should celebrate. Some people choose to make it a couples night and go out with friends, while others prefer to stay in and spend it with their families. I’m definitely a staying in kind of girl, and this year we’ll be fortunate enough to be on vacation on New Year’s Eve. Because of that, I wanted to find a way to make this night special for my little ones while being away from home and all of my “stuff”. I decided to create something for each kid, which I have called a New Year’s Eve “Party Pack”!
New Year’s Party Packs
Each party pack will be filled with all the necessities for a fun-filled family evening. From the evening’s attire, (We prefer pajamas!) to the entertainment, everything my kids will need for a great time can be found inside their party pack. New pajamas and some simple games can be purchased inexpensively, especially if you catch those post-holiday sales! Also, if you’re like me, you bought WAY too many sparklers last July, this will be a great way to use up some of those leftovers and add some “sparkle” to the new year.
You can’t have a party without a little something sweet, so I asked Sandy of Sandy’s Baking Memoriesto hook me up with some tasty treats and she did not disappoint! I know that when New Year’s Eve rolls around, my kids (and the grown ups!) will appreciate these cookies that taste just as good as they look.You can do the same thing for your kids by either making the cookies yourself, or heading out to your favorite bakery and picking up a little something. It doesn’t matter where the treats came from, it’s the thought that counts!
So, now that I have gathered up the evening’s attire, entertainment, and refreshments, I decided to add a little something that will initiate some good conversation. In just a few minutes, I was able to createthis “My Year in Pictures” for each of my kids. How fun will it be for them to look back on the events that happened over the past year, and remember all the fun they’ve had! I created mine in Photoshop, but youcould do this just as easily in any word processing program. Cut out the image, glue it on to some cute scrapbook paper, and you have a personalized gift that your kids will love!
The final thing that I will be adding to the party packs was an idea I took from Courtney’s New Year’s Eve post. I LOVE how she took some paper towel rolls, added some candies and wrapped them up to look like poppers. I know my kids will have a blast opening up their poppers and finding some sweet treats inside.
After I’ve assembled all the items, I’ll create one box for my daughter and one for my son and wrap themup. Even though Christmas is over, kids never tire of unwrapping presents! Add a bow, and a customized tag that says Happy New Year, and you’ve got a special surprise your kids will love and remember for along time.
So, if you’re like me and spending New Year’s at home with your kids, or if you’re going out and the kids get to party it up with a babysitter, try creating your own party pack to let them know you’re thinking o fthem, whether you’re with them or not!
Happy New Year’s, everyone!”
Carrie, Sweet Spot Candy Bar