As a mom of two little boys, our thoughts after Christmas turn
to New Year's Eve as we quickly realize the likelihood of having
genuine adult plans are nil. Instead of being down and out about
our non-date night, I decided to plan for a midnight countdown with
our kids! (Probably with a more reasonable 8 p.m. bedtime). I've
rounded up some cute ideas and crafts to get your little ones
involved in ringing in the New Year.
ideas to celebrate the New Year
New Year's Eve crafts
Fun, food and more
Easy noisemaker out of plastic
to get you to "midnight"
New Year's printable -
how to plan for 2013
A festive tablescape
and milk - fancy style
New Year's Eve grab bag surprises
As we move forward to the New Year, I'm always excited to have a
fresh start with new ideas and making resolutions individually and
as a family. How are you planning to ring in the New Year
- with kids or without? Check out Chicago Parent's boards for even more
See more of Samantha's stories here.
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