Thursday, January 2, 2014

Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 12 {NEW YEARS EVE}

We spent a quiet night at home on New Year's Eve.

Since we have a teenager it seemed a little dangerous to leave our house unattended on New Year's Eve. {I remember too well that who ever had the empty house hosted the party.} Luckily our friends did not mind coming over on New Year's Eve.

We made dinner, goofed around, played some domino's and quietly rang in the new year. 

One of the cool things we did was make Grab Bags for New Year's Eve. I got the idea from Hoosier Homemade last year. Inspired by her Countdown Goodie Bags, we have been making these for two years now.

The premise is simple. Inside a bag you place a goodie for the kids/family. Each hour until midnight you open a bag. We started our bags at 6 p.m. I made the clocks from clip art and SmartArt from Word. Inside the bags the kids found a different theme for the new year. 

6:00 A Year of Fun: Toys: Princess Sofia puzzles for the little girls and iPhone screen cleaner for the teens {that is all they play with, right?} and liquid bubbles for all.
7:00 A Year of Good Health: Nail Files, Nail Clippers, dental floss, disposable toothbrushes and facial tissues.
8:00 A Sweet Year: Candy: Wax Bottles, Caramel Apple Suckers, and Ring Pops.
9:00 A Year of  Squeaky Clean Behavior: Shower Loofa's and Lent Rollers.
10:00 Our Future is So Bright: Glow Sticks and Lighted Key Chains for the teens. 
11:00 A Year of Dreams Come True: Princess Tiaras, Princess Mirrors, and Princess Maraca's for the little girls and the teens got air fresheners for their cars. 
12:00 Bring in the New Year! Party Hats, Noise Makers, Poppers.

Every hour they were so excited to see what was next! They used the empty bags to keep their loot separate from each other and were so excited to take it all home. 

It was a laid back evening. Talking about campers.  And camping. Planning  future camping trips.

 Laughing about the memories we made this year.

And making plans for new memories in the year to come. 

So, from all of all of you... We wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 

And hopefully a little quiet!

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