A homemade banner can pack a big decorative punch. Have fun with streamers and don't be afraid to twist, wind, braid, and curl the crepe paper. You get a lot of bang for your buck with this affordable and versatile party material.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
Holiday Party Cheeseball Pops
Flavored with sweet cranberries and toasted pecans, this twist on classic cheese balls is a hit with guests of all ages.
Originally published in the December/January 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.
- 3 1/2 dozen pops
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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.
Grilled Pineapple and Shrimp
Kids will love these sweet and savory appetizers. Cut 8 peeled and deveined uncooked shrimp in half lengthwise and toss with 1 teaspoon olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place shrimp halves and 16 pieces of fresh pineapple in a grill pan coated with vegetable cooking spray on medium-high heat. Grill until shrimp turn opaque, 2 to 3 minutes, turning once. Stack shrimp on top of pineapple and insert a pick.
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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.
Warm It Up!
Mix up some midnight hot chocolate with these clever chocolate-coated spoons.
Make it! Stamp words like Sweet and Delish on the ends of bamboo spoons. Heat up chocolate melts and dip spoons in to coat. Swirl spoon around until it's thickly coated with chocolate. Let dry on wax paper. Decorate with sugar.
Make a Mocktail
Pump up your holiday party with delicious drink recipes that are fun for kids -- and adults.
APPLE PIE PUNCH
For Kids: Mix together 4 ounces apple juice, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon Grenadine syrup. Top with crushed ice and garnish with an apple slice.
For Adults: Sub 1 ounce of apple juice with light rum.
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.
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