new years countdown

Are you getting ready?  Another holiday after yesterday’s holiday is coming up!  Hummm…how about a fast, CHEAP, last-minute idea for the New Year’s Eve celebration?  Not a lot of thought is required… promise.

NEW YEARS EVE IDEA

new years countdown

Items needed:

  • 12 balloons
  • 12 strips of paper
  • 12 easy fast ideas…
  • Easy things found around the house

new years countdown

Your kids will think you are cool.

new years countdown

Take the 12 strips of paper and write ideas on them.  Here are a few:

  1. ‘Paint’ with shaving cream
  2. Have a snowball fight
  3. Eat a cookie
  4. Read a story in front of the fireplace
  5. Have a thumb war
  6. Sing a song
  7. Clean the bedroom (ya have to have one chore in there)
  8. Balloon Volleyball
  9. Drink hot chocolate with marshmallows.  YUM.
  10. Call Grandma and wish her Happy New Years!
  11. Turn on the music and dance like it’s 1999
  12. Tell a favorite memory from 2010 new years countdown

Roll up the strip and place it in the balloon.  Blow that sucker up and tape it to the wall.  Any wall will do…even on the top of family pictures (note: I covered up my kiddo’s pics with balloons.  They thought it was fun to discover who’s picture was under it.) new years countdown

Write on the balloons a time starting at 1 pm and counting down to midnight.   On each hour have the kids pop a balloon and discover the ‘game’.

FUn.  FuN.

new years countdown

Note:  **Be careful with the balloons.  They can be a choking hazard for those little one who put things in their mouths.**    I know you know this, but just to sound like your mother I  thought I’d add it! new years countdown

new years countdown

47 Comments
COMMENTS
  1. December 26th, 2011 at 5:23 am
    Kim ~ Recipes To Run On says:
    What a FUN idea! Just pinned this to Pinterest. Thanks for the great tip. Happy New Year.
    • January 2nd, 2012 at 9:36 pm
      Alison says:
      Thanks Kim for pinning! Happy new years to you too!
  2. December 26th, 2011 at 7:51 pm
    shelley says:
    Brilliant and EASY! Love this idea. :) {Adorable pictures too btw} ;)
    • December 27th, 2011 at 8:24 am
      Kim @ The Educators' Spin On It says:
      This is such a cute idea! Can't wait to celebrate with my little one this year. We do a Noon New Years party too so we can watch the clock count down to Noon but don't have to keep them up until midnight.
      • January 2nd, 2012 at 9:35 pm
        Alison says:
        Great idea for the wee ones...although it's hard for me to stay up late anymore so this may be just for me:) thanks for sharing the idea Kim!
  3. December 27th, 2011 at 4:17 pm
    Jamie says:
    Great idea! Something we did when mine were younger was to set a clock ahead so that midnight would come at 8pm. We'd party with the young ones and then get them settled in bed in time to ring in the new year together.
    • January 2nd, 2012 at 9:35 pm
      Alison says:
      LOVE LOVE LOVE the clock changing idea! Might try it all year:)
  4. December 27th, 2011 at 9:33 pm
    Maren says:
    Fun idea! We will definitely be doing this!
  5. December 28th, 2011 at 7:33 am
    Inde says:
    This is a great idea!! Will def try next year since my lil one is too small. :)
  6. December 28th, 2011 at 8:49 am
    Alyssa says:
    Such a cute idea! So want to do this, but don't have little ones yet. Will definitely save this for when I do...can anyone guess my resolution this year? ;)
  7. December 28th, 2011 at 10:06 am
    Cheryl says:
    Love it! Found you on pinterest... will be repinning and trying your idea. THanks for inspiring family fun!
    • January 2nd, 2012 at 9:34 pm
      Alison says:
      Thanks for pinning!!
  8. December 30th, 2011 at 11:21 am
    Melinda T says:
    Great idea! My daughter will love this!
  9. December 30th, 2011 at 6:19 pm
    pineconegirl says:
    Love Love Love This!!!! I am crazy about Advent and countdown calendars and this fits right in! Fabulous idea!
  10. December 31st, 2011 at 4:44 am
    The Scrapbooking Housewife says:
    This is such a great idea!! :)
  11. December 31st, 2011 at 9:23 am
    Iffy aka Cameron says:
    Hello there! I wanted to let you know that I featured this on Stay At Home Nation. I would love for you to come check it out! You can grab a button from my sidebar & post it proudly since you have been featured! I also have a Post Your Button Link Party going on until Thursday if you would like to like up. Have a Happy New Year!
    XoXo
    ~Cameron~
    aka Iffy
  12. December 31st, 2011 at 10:46 am
    Julie says:
    This is so fun and simple I can actually follow through with this idea. Thanks for the idea.
  13. January 2nd, 2012 at 9:34 am
    Anne says:
    We loved this idea and did it this year! My kids had so much fun! Thank you!
  14. January 7th, 2012 at 9:03 pm
    Jen L says:
    I wanted to tell you that we did this on New Years Eve with our four boys and some friends and it was so fun that we adults found ourselves kind of hanging around for the balloons to be popped and see what was next! Our kids were a bit older, and we only started it at 6pm, but some of the things we included were - write a song and perform it (and we'll film it), a scavenger hunt,
    make a skit and perform...etc. Brilliant idea of yours! thanks!!
  15. February 15th, 2012 at 8:38 pm
    vanessa says:
    What an idea! :D

    Really gets every one excited for the next hour to come as the anticipation for the new year grows


    Making the best of every last hour of the year!

    Also a great way to reflect on the whole year
  16. December 27th, 2012 at 12:54 am
    Nicole from Mudpies and Sunshine says:
    Hello - what a wonderful idea! It is so great that I have linked to it on my blog! Thanks for sharing, Nicole
    http://mudpiesandsunshine.com/2012/12/25/12-new-years-activities/
  17. December 29th, 2012 at 5:08 pm
    Cindy deRosier says:
    What a fun project! I submitted it at Fun Family Crafts and it's being featured there! You can see it here:

    http://funfamilycrafts.com/new-years-eve-party-shaker/

    Thanks for a wonderful idea!
  18. December 29th, 2012 at 5:11 pm
    Cindy deRosier says:
    What a fun project! I submitted it at Fun Family Crafts and it’s being featured! You can see it here:

    funfamilycrafts.com/new-years-countdown-balloons/

    Thanks for a wonderful idea!
  19. December 31st, 2012 at 1:07 pm
    Angela Smith says:
    WHAT a FAB idea! I have 4 kids who are always wanting to do something fun but this working momma comes up short with creativity after a long day at work. Thanks so much for sharing!!
  20. December 31st, 2012 at 1:18 pm
    Lexi says:
    It just dawned on me that my littles understand the celebration tonight and I was searching and searching for fun things, but a lot of ideas required more than I had on hand. Thanks for sharing, I have all of this and am taping balloons up as I type!! THANK YOU!!!
  21. December 31st, 2012 at 3:11 pm
    Nicole Burrows says:
    Totally using this idea with my girls tonight! I'm stealing the balloon volleyball for sure, but also throwing in some Kinect dancing, and some Easy-Bake Oven baking. Thanks for a great kid-friendly party idea!
  22. April 15th, 2014 at 7:03 am
    Cheatbee Jameson says:
    Wow what a great idea. Ill defly keep this in mind.
    Lookin forward to next new years eve.
    Greetings from Berlin :)
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