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New Year's Eve with the Kids

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Guest blogger Lara Shriftman: If you have kids, do you go out for New Year's Eve, or do you stay in? What do you do if you can't find a sitter?

Family new year's eve
If you want (or have) to spend the evening with your children, here are some simple tips for planning a fun and kid-friendly New Year's Eve party:

  • Always make sure there is a responsible (i.e., sober) parent or two to look after the kids.
  • Have something for the kids to do. Make your own hot fudge sundaes, decorate cookies, make and decorate cupcakes, make and decorate New Years' hats, make your own noisemakers out of cans and pennies, then decorate them ....
  • Do a nonalcoholic toast at midnight (or before, if the kids are little). If you're on the West Coast, try ringing in the East Coast New Year.
  • Teach your kids about New Year's resolutions. Make it an annual tradition to have each person in the family write down his or her top five resolutions for the coming year, then go around the circle and take turns reading them aloud. Finally, put them into an envelope, seal it and open it next New Year's Eve, so you can check your progress.
  • Have separate kid and adult parties going (they can even be theme parties, such as a black-and-white ball or costume party). Arrange for the kids and adults to have dinner together; then the kids can do their own thing and the parents can do theirs. The two groups can join up again to do the New Year's countdown and watch the ball drop.
  • Put the pets in a safe place ahead of time. (Many are afraid of fireworks and noisemakers.)
  • Make a signature cocktail for the adults. Here are two tasty Grey Goose recipes:
1/2 oz. Grey Goose Original Vodka
1/4 oz coffee liqueur
Lemon twist (for garnish)

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, stir with a bar spoon and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

1 part Grey Goose La Poire Flavored Vodka
1/2 part Elderflower cordial
1/4 part lemon juice
4 parts Champagne or sparkling Moscato
Edible flowers (for garnish)

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add vodka through lemon juice. Shake well and strain into a Champagne glass. Top with Champagne (or Moscato, if you'd like the drink to be a little sweeter) and garnish with edible flowers.

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Beth @ Remarkably Domestic December 31, 2010, 4:09 PM

We always go to a kids’ New Years party, which for us on the West Coast means celebrating “East Coast New Years”: we watch the CNN feed from NYC and ring in the new year at 9pm. Still a little late for our 7 and 4 year old, but we have a few days to recover before school starts up again.

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