December 31, 2007 |
With the noisemakers, confetti, balloons and fun hats and tiaras, New Year’s Eve is probably the best party around for kids. Unfortunately, by the time the ball drops, many of them are too tuckered out to enjoy it.
Enter an idea from a family in Idaho. They cleverly solved this problem by simply changing time zones, but instead of going to a new destination, they brought the destination to their home.
If you’re on the West Coast, consider ringing in the New Year Miami-style. Decorate your home with palm tree cutouts, turn on some Latin tunes and have guests dress up in swim suits and sunglasses. Serve tropical fare and drinks with little umbrellas.
For those on the East Coast, celebrate at six just like French. Have the kids don berets and celebrate the tradition of la galette des rois or the King Cake. Instead of baking a cake, you could make cupcakes. Place a small trinket or bean in one of the cupcakes (make sure all the kids check their cupcakes before eating them), then the child who finds the bean or trinket it crowned King for the night! Make sure you have a crown for the child to wear.
Whatever you do, enjoy the celebration and make it your family’s best year yet!