New Year’s Eve with the Kids

by Destri on December 30, 2009

New Years Eve Ball Craft

Most of us parents will be finding ourselves celebrating the New Year with ours kid(s).  So why not pull out all the stops and make it a New York style New Years party?  Your kids will love it and you may start a tradition the whole neighborhood looks forward to every year.

I made a fun ball that the kids can drop at the strike of midnight, and found a few other fun ideas that will help you get the party started.  The best part is the kids can help in the preparations, which will make them all the more eager for the celebration!

New Year’s Eve Ball

Supplies:

  1. Large Styrofoam ball
  2. Long wooden skewer or something similar
  3. Invisible thread
  4. Small craft mirrors varying in size
  5. Craft jewels
  6. Thin wire or something similar
  7. Glue

I found all of these items at Wal-mart and they had a ball even larger than the one I used that would be great.  Now lets get started!

  • Start by inserting the skewer through the center of the ball
  • Leaving the skewer in place take your large mirrors and firmly press them into the ball so they make a good indentation
  • They more than likely will not want to stay so glue the back of the mirror to the ball.  You want to make the indentation first to create a firm place for the glue to adhere to
  • Now press the rest of the smaller mirrors into the ball and they should stay in, as well as the jewels

Now take a thin piece of wire (I used floral wire) and make a loop at the end to tie the invisible thread to.  Remove the wooden skewer and guide the wire through the same hole.  I’m not gonna lie, it took me a few tries.  Then gently pull the thread through.  Make sure the piece of thread is fairly long allowing to hang from a high place.  Your done!  Hang from the ceiling with a tack securing the thread and place a little clip under the ball to hold it in place till the big moment.  You may have to draw straws to pick who gets to do the honors!

I think it would be fun to hang it over the food table with some decorations like Martha has done here.  These streamers are made with left over holiday paper and would be a great way to occupy you older kids time.  Go here for the details.

It wouldn’t be a party without party hats, and Martha has a fun twist for the party hat.  Even if you don’t have all the supplies on hand, you can personalize them to make it work.  It too would be a great project for the kids to see what they come up with.  Go here for all the details.

Nor would it be a party without the noisemakers to rattle while ringing in the New Year.  I think these little noise makers from Alpha-mom are so cute, and look like they would be simple to make.

Happy New Year!!

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Aubrey December 30, 2009 at 5:20 am

Cute Destri! When my little one and I were checking it out this morning she said, “Oh mom, I want to do that!” She loves it! Thanks for the great idea! I also love the party hats and noisemakers.

Happy New Year!

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Destri December 30, 2009 at 6:56 am

Thanks! It really did turn out cute, It would be a fun disco ball too! I think Kaylee will love it.

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Kate December 30, 2009 at 7:52 am

I have no idea how you find the time…. honestly. Your decs are beautiful and may we will just all jump in the car and come for New Year! hugs
k8

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Destri December 30, 2009 at 9:47 am

You can bring your mum!! I am actually giving the ball to my neighbors kids mine are a little too young…

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Kate December 30, 2009 at 12:24 pm

mmm, I can see how it could be used/eaten rather than amired from a far. We are taking Roo up to WInter Park on NYD to ski and show off in front of his grandma. Early start but that’s toddlers right?! Hope FJ helped last night with your Q’s.k

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Brandy December 30, 2009 at 10:00 am

Cute, cute ideas! Thanks for finding them and sharing!

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Krystal December 30, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Wow, all these ideas are great! Can’t wait to try them!

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Krissy @ B.Inspired Mama December 31, 2009 at 11:59 am

What great, yet simple, ideas! I hope you don’t mind that I shared the Ball Drop idea on my blog at:
http://binspiredmama.blogspot.com/2009/12/kids-crafts-new-years-eve-ball-drop-kid.html#comments

Happy New Year!
Krissy

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Destri December 31, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Thanks Krissy! Your blog is great!
Happy New Year to you too!

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Tina January 1, 2010 at 7:04 am

Happy New Year. I loved the disco ball idea but ran out of time…so I will definitely be making it next year! I just have to add. I had all the kiddos who came over make big signs on huge sheets of paper to welcome 2010 and we taped them all over the house. It wasn’t pretty, but they loved it. Also…I made a “kid friendly” play list. We got some great video of some serious dance moves, so I would say a play list is a must!

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Destri January 1, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I love it when people let the vanity of a project go and just let it be fun. As for the playlist…great idea, I will need to start mine now, I love dancing with kids, they don’t care how stupid they look , because they think they look sooo good anyway, kinda like me! Thanks for adding!

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Suzanne January 5, 2010 at 7:22 am

The ball thing is so cute Aubrey! Save it for other parties you kids will love it!

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Bonnie December 25, 2010 at 7:09 am

Hi Destri. I posted your link in my blog. Check it out! http://www.cutesassy.com/2010/12/noise-makers-craft-for-new-years.html

Happy New Year from Cute and Sassy Designs by Bonnie

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Tiffany December 29, 2010 at 1:23 pm

This is a great idea. I sent this to my sister who has wee ones for the New Year. She is going to try this with her kids!

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Elizabeth @ Ucreate with Kids December 30, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Destri, this is such a great idea! I love it! How come I never thought of creating a ball that can be dropped on New Year’s Eve? You’re so cleaver! Just featured this. :)

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Yanet December 31, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Ha ha! That’s so true about us parents staying home. This is so cute and festive for the entire family.

Happy New Year!

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Liz Hansen January 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Great ideas. Before you pull the skewer out of the ball wrap the wire around the end a couple of times and it will pull the wire through as you take the skewer out – it’ll just save a step! :) Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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The Mommies Made Me Do It December 27, 2011 at 8:03 am

Oh love these… especially the NYE/disco ball. We’ll be trying this!! Bookmarked and shared :)

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