We planned a chill New Years this year. Well, in truth, we didn't plan anything at all on purpose. We've been busy over the winter break and really just wanted to hang at home together. But...I also didn't want the night to be boring. So I trolled the interweb for ideas and found many people recommending a balloon countdown.
I wrote "things to do" ideas on slips of paper and put them inside balloons. Once they were blown-up, I wrote a time on each balloon and the kids hung them in order on our mantel. Most balloons were timed about 30 minutes apart with some being longer if they were longer activities,
Some things were active...
And some were super chill...
In the end I was surprised how well it worked out. We started at 4pm and didn't have any "time to fill" until 11:35. We were so busy that even Liv stayed awake until 11:45! I was thrilled that my last minute plan was a success and the kids all asked to do it again next year. I'll have to actually plan out some new activities for that one.
Our list of activities this year was:
geocaching (last of the year and a trade of travel bugs)
printable 2014 coloring page
snack buffet dinner (set up together and then eating by candlelight)
goal for the new year
ice cream sundae/topping bar
ring in 2014 (with Ring Pops)