We had a wonderful Christmas, and have lots to report, but I have to go travel, right now, so I have to make this quick.
New Years is less than a week away! I was asked for party ideas on my facebook page. This is what I would like to do for New Years, if I can pull it off. Maybe it is because my daughter is fascinated by all things ball related but I took my inspiration from this ball:
You know…the New Year’s Ball…for a New Year’s Ball!
I first saw this idea at Readymade magazine and was thinking of using it for the planets in my son’s space-themed bedroom. But you could easily use this technique to make a large sparkly New Years Ball. Spray it with glitter, and lower it from a banister or ceiling as you countdown to the New Year. Martha Stewart also had instructions for small ornaments like this, you could but around the house.
For decorations, I would buy silver ball ornaments on after-Christmas clearance and display them in vases and urns around the house like this:
I would carry ball theme into the food:
Like this fancy cake for a more formal event. Or Bakerella’s cupcake balls…
You could put them on a stick like this, or just make them more like bon bons. I would dip them in white chocolate (bark) and coat them in this…
(real flecks of edible silver), if you are feeling rich. Or if you are like the rest of us, just sparkly sugar crystals.
And of course, something bubbly to drink (sparkling cider or lemonade at my house!).
As for the party event, you could carry on the “ball” theme, and actually have dancing. I will have children at my party, and have found that they love dancing more than adults. You could do a balloon drop, as well as the ball drop. Small balloon drop kits can be found at party stores. We will probably have games and karaoke.
If you have small children, you might consider counting down the New Years a couple of hours earlier. For example, if you are on the west coast, you could count down with New York and still get the kids to bed at a reasonable hour. Kids would love getting involved in making the large ball or the smaller ball ornaments. They could make those at the party and take them home with them. You could even create your own ball pit with lots of inexpensive plastic balls. That would keep kids entertained for hours!
What are you doin‘ New Years Eve?