Two years ago, we were invited to a friends' house for "A New Year's Eve Kids' Bash." This event was such a success, that this year will mark the third annual event. Our friends' graciously open their doors and their home to an average of 11 kids and 10 adults. They provide the bulk of the food and the activities. Everyone provides the fun.
The beginning of the night is more structured with activities such as New Year's countdown coloring pages (and glitter, lots of glitter), the indoor snowball fight (rolled up socks being lobbed across the room at the opposing team - complete with a tape dividing line down the middle), karaoke, movies and food. Once the kids retire to the playroom, the adult's sit down with some games and drinks. We laugh, we talk, we have fun.
Around midnight, with 99% of the kids usually still awake (the youngest ones miss the New Year by wee minutes), the kids parade downstairs with their New Year Countdown Signs. We toast in the new year with old friends while we watch the ball drop in Times Square on the TV. After that, those kids that are staying the night are tucked into bed. Parents head out into the cold night with promises to return for the little ones in the morning.
After a good night's sleep, morning arrives a tad earlier then usual and we head over for a nice, hearty breakfast to usher in the new year with our very best friends.
Many people make a face or comment when they hear we are celebrating New Years with the kids, but in reality, I wouldn't have it any other way.