Handing out Valentine cards at school is something my cute daughter looks forward to all year! When I saw these cute gummy mermaids on Oriental Trading, I knew they would be the perfect treat to hand out for Valentine’s Day for my mermaid loving little lady! Oriental Trading sent them to me complimentary to use in this post. My plan was to design a cute free printable mermaid valentine to offer here, but my computer has been having trouble. Luckily, I found these darling mermaid valentine cards on Etsy being sold by Nestling Design for only $5! I just printed them at home and was all set!
These family New Years Eve activities can be put together at the last minute! Best of all, they can be done for a NOON Year’s Eve party, like we did, or anytime you want to celebrate the New Year! This post contains affiliate links which I earn a small commission from if purchases are made through them.
The night before New Year’s Eve I was laying in bed and realized that I hadn’t planned anything for New Year’s Eve! New Year’s Eve was on a Sunday this year and so I knew we would go to church, and since we don’t shop or eat out on Sunday, I needed to come up with fun activities that we could do at home. So, I started thinking of a few last minute activities we could do and then the next morning just threw it all together. We had such a fun celebrating as a family that I want to make it a tradition. These are last minute New Year’s Eve ideas that you can do with one child or 12 and everyone will have fun!
We decided to start our party at 9:00 am (our church isn’t until 1:00 pm) because no matter how late our kids stay up, they always wake up between 6:00 – 6:30 am. So, staying up late for them is fun, but not for us as parents. I hung simple black balloons in front of a gold foil fringe backdrop that I had leftover from another party. Each balloon had a time written on it in 30 minute increments. At that time, we let one of the kids pop the balloon that would start the next activity. If we finished with time to spare, we turned on music and had a dance break while we cleaned up one activity and set up the next.
Family New Year’s Eve Activities
9:00 – Paint or Draw Your Favorite Memory from the Last Year
I got out lots of art supplies and we talked about all of the fun things we had done the last year. Then they painted pictures of their favorite memories. My daughter painted a picture of her and my husband riding Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland and my son painted a very interpretive picture of the new black truck he got for Christmas.
9:30 – Board Games
10:00 – Craft Party Hats
I pulled out my stash of feathers, pom poms, chenille stems, markers and cardstock paper. At this point my son was throwing a fit about wanting to keep playing board games, so I made a hat for him with my daughter. We had a great time.
10:30 – New Year Family Bucket List
This was my personal favorite activity. I use a poster board and we talked about all of the things we wanted to do, places we want to go, things we want to learn and things we are willing to try. It was fun to hear each kid come up with ideas for our family bucket list.
11:00 – Balloon Animals
Sheesh, these are much harder than they look! Ammirite?! Next time we eat at Brick Oven I’m going to pay the poor kid that comes around to our table more than $1.00 for a balloon creation! We managed to come up with a few shapes. The hand pump balloon inflation tool is a MUST with these skinny little balloons. My kids were more than happy with them and didn’t care that they looked nothing like anything resembling something. I need to invest in one of these Balloon Animal kits that come with instructions!
11:30 – Lunch
We took a break to have some yummy lunch before the main event!
12:00 – Dr Pepper Toast and Party Horns
We wanted a proper and happy send off to the year, so naturally, we toasted with Dr. Pepper. The kids were so excited to do “clinks” with the plastic champagne flutes I had left over from this party. We shouted “CHEERS” and danced around the house with party horns until my daughter tripped with one in her mouth and injured the roof of her mouth with it. Good heavens, you know what they say, “It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.” But it was the perfect representation of our family. We try. We try to have fun and make memories and occasionally we have bumps in our road, but we keep on keeping on. It wasn’t a fancy party, certainly not pinterest worthy, but we had a great time together and that is what matters!
I received some of the beautiful decorations from Oriental Trading that helped me create these Garden party ideas to share. Others may be linked to affiliate websites. If purchase are made through those links I receive a small commission.
Having a December birthday, I grew up dreaming of having a swimming party or something that didn’t involve snow or ice. As my daughters first birthday approached I decided to disregard the freezing temperatures and create for her first birthday a garden party. Using lace, greenery, florals, soft colors and both wood and glass serving dishes helped create the romantic garden scene. Let me take you through the details so you can recreate this for your own special little lady for her birthday!
We are celebrating the 100th day of school with Oriental Trading. I’ll be showing you some fun 100th day of school activities using their products (that I was sent complimentary for this post). I have also got a free printable 100th day of school treat bag topper.
100th Day of School Activities
I got this amazing chicken salad recipe from a dear friend. The cranberries and almonds give it a fun twist on a traditional chicken salad recipe. I love the tangy cream cheese paired with the sweet craisins. Serve it on a fresh croissant (my favorite), some sandwich bread or a great cracker! Because I am allergic to celery, I have always had to make chicken salad at home since most of the store bought or restaurant versions contain it. I know, who in the world is allergic to celery?! Me, that’s who. But, lucky for you, that means I have experimented with lots of versions of the classic chicken salad recipe. In my opinion, this is the best chicken salad recipe and I don’t think you’ll miss the celery one bit!
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Some years I feel like spending hours making divinity and homemade fudge for my neighbors. Other years I want an easy neighbor Christmas gift that I can purchase from the store. This happens to be one of those years. I feel like our December calendar filled up SO fast and I am trying to simplify this Christmas. My neighbor Christmas gift idea for this year came to me while I was at the dollar store. I was going to do something with the song lyrics “Deck the Halls”, but went another route.
Easy Neighbor Christmas Gift Idea
My hope is that because so many treats are distributed during this time of year, my neighbors will love the idea of getting something they can use all year long! And, I really do hope they sit down and have a family game night! I play UNO with my daughter each night before bed and it is the best 15 minutes of time with her all day!
Here are the free printable gift tags: Game Christmas Gift Tags
*I even left the bottom blank so you can write your own sentiment at the bottom. I hope you LOVE them!
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When planning a Christmas party for kids, I always come up with a plan that has them alternating between activities that are sitting vs activities that have them up and moving. The Christmas crafts for kids I’m sharing today are perfect for a school Christmas party! My kids (ages 3 and 6) loved making them. Last week I shared my Christmas party games for kids and they will make up a good portion of the party. Today want to show you the cute Christmas crafts (one even doubles as the treat!).
Christmas Crafts for Kids
Foam Gingerbread House Kit
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If you’re planning a Spy party, I know you’ll love these spy party ideas! The party will take ordinary guests and send them through the rigors of Secret Agent Training. By the end of it you’ll be sending them home as official spies! Let’s dive right into these fun and super easy ideas for your spy party!
Spy Party Ideas
As guests arrived they were given a secret identity name badge and identity concealing sunglasses.