Burst out the fun with these party hats, exploding with curly ribbons. Tie together a bunch of ribbons and use a scissor to curl each one. Then, poke a hole through the top of the party hat and thread your ribbons through -- spread them out and let them cascade in all directions.
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New Year's Bingo
Download these one-of-a-kind Bingo boards, full of New Year's images like balloons, confetti, streamers, and noise-makers. Then, see who can get bingo before the final countdown begins.
- Visit Hip Hip Hooray for more details on New Year's Bingo.
- Then visit their new blog Simple Song.
- And download the Bingo PDF.
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It's a Tie!
Get fancy this year and dress up your holiday outfit with this silly bow tie accessory. Recycle some paper or pages from a magazine and accordion fold them together. Then, bundle and cinch them in the center and tie a bow around your neck with sequin string.
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Make even the simplest cupcakes look festive and fancy in just a few easy steps. Download this adorable "Happy New Year" free template, cut it out, and adhere it to a lollipop stick. Stand the tag on top of every cupcake to turn a vanilla decoration into a chic treat.
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Capture the year's memories and bottle them up in a time capsule at the end of every year. Insert a family photo in a jar, and fill it with your favorite mementos of the year.
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Save yourself from having to clean-up the New Year's confetti mess. Instead, make these mini bubbles bottles and have all your guests fill the air with a completely mess-free celebration.
End your bash with a bang with these treat-filled party poppers. Fill a recycled toilet paper tube with lots of goodies, and then wrap the tube in red tissue paper. Add a cracker snap (you can find these at local packaging specialties stores), and then wrap again with patterned cardstock.
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Make your own festive ball drop by gluing or pinning sequins all over a Styrofoam ball. Hang it from the ceiling to add some sparkle to your New Year's party
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Celebrate the New Year in style with these princess-themed sugar cookies. Bake your dough in the shape of a tiara, and then pipe on "Happy New Years." Finish with a little sparkle by painting warmed corn syrup mixed with water over sparkling/sanding sugar.
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Bring a little Times Square into your home by crafting this sparkly mirror ball and building your own ball drop. Just cover a large Styrofoam ball with small craft mirrors and jewels, and hang from your ceiling. Turn on some bright light and party under the glittery glow.
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Paper Party Hats
DIY your own party hats this year with this glittery gold craft. Just wrap some gold paper into a cone shape, and add some bling with rhinestones and sequins. Leave a small hole in the top of your cone, and let black and white paper strips pop out of the spout. Finally, attach a ribbon to fit around your kid's chin, and add a "Happy New Year" sign on the front.
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Spread some holiday cheer with these celebratory pom-poms. Cut a circle from left over wrapping paper, and then cut strips towards the center, leaving a 1" circle intact in the middle. Pinch together at the top, and attach to some string, ribbon, or paper strips to hang.
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Ticktoc, ticktoc -- you can make this countdown clock in just a few minutes! Cut cookie dough into circles and then bake them with lollipop sticks already inserted. Decorate the face of your clock with frosting and add a minute and hour hand to show the countdown to midnight.
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Crack open a special message or treat every hour of your countdown. Start by wrapping embroidery thread around a balloon and then dredge your covered balloons into a bowl of fabric stiffener. Once they're dry, pop and remove the balloon, and then cut each circle in half. Fill the cups with treats or special New Year's resolutions, and then tie the cups together with red ribbon to seal.
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Warm up your New Year's party -- give your kids some hot cocoa and let them build their own stack of marshmallows to create an edible countdown. Load some marshmallows on skewers or lollipop sticks and use edible pens to write a number countdown. Dip them into your hot cocoa and eat as the final countdown begins.
Make a Mocktail
Pump up your holiday party with delicious drink recipes that are fun for kids -- and adults.
(1) APPLE PIE PUNCH
For Kids: Mix together 4 ounces apple juice, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and ? teaspoon Grenadine syrup. Top with crushed ice and garnish with an apple slice.
For Adults: Sub 1 ounce of apple juice with light rum
(2) CRANBERRY SPARKLER
For Kids: In a shaker, mix together 4 ounces cranberry juice, 1 ounce orange juice, and one teaspoon honey. Pour over ice and top with chilled club soda.
For Adults: Sub champagne for club soda
(3) PEPPERMINT SHAKE
For Kids: Shake together 3 ounces low-fat milk, 2 ounces French Vanilla half and half, a drop each of peppermint extract and vanilla extract, and two drops of green food coloring with ice. Strain into a glass and garnish with crushed candy cane.
For Adults: Sub in 1/2 ounce vodka and 1 1/2 ounces Bailey's Irish Cream for half and half
How to Make Mocktails and Stirrers
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