Friday Favorites–New Year’s Eve

2013 already?!?  It feels like just yesterday we were counting down to the year 2000 and hoping all of our computers didn’t crash.  We’ve been through much since then that we’d gladly trade for a few technology blips. As we approach the beginning of another new year, let’s remember the lost, forget our failures, celebrate our accomplishments and thank whomever your belief system leads you to for the opportunity to start fresh.

In my opinion, you need some noise to welcome the new year.  In fact, the smaller your kids are, the louder it should be.  Make your own Party Blowers from Martha Stewart for your little noise makers.

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This New Year’s Eve Party from Ruffled is full of great ideas, but I particularly like these streamers with each guest’s wish for the new year clipped on.

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Speaking of noise, how about popping a balloon every hour to count down?  Check out this fun idea from How Does She.

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If you’re still looking for invitations for your party, Canadian Family has a cute idea for some made from confetti poppers.

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Maybe a party isn’t in the cards because you and everyone you know have little people in the house that need to hit the sack early.  You can still share the holiday with this New Year’s Eve Kit from Inchmark.

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Technically, this Sprinkled with Love party from Kojo Designs is meant for a birthday, but I think this theme would be really fun for a New Year’s Eve party, especially the confetti-filled balloons.

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Nothing says “Party” like a hat, and these First-Night Hats from Spoonful say “PARTY!!!”.

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There’s a Spanish tradition involving eating grapes at midnight, shared here by Noble Pig.  My daughter is a Spanish major, so when she hears about this I have a feeling I better have some grapes on the shopping list.

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There aren’t many times in life you could get away with painting everything gold, but if New Year’s Eve isn’t one of them I don’t know what is.  This party from Hostess with the Mostess is not only gold, but Snow White themed.

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Last but not least, when you wake up the next morning after all the festivities, you’re going to need a new calendar.  There are lots of printable options out there, but I really like the swirly design on this one from Creative Mamma.

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Celebrate safely!