Five Ways to Celebrate the New Year!

There are so many ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve. In my pre-Baby/Jed days, celebrating with friends went long into the wee hours of the morning, followed by the annual trek (in the freezing cold) to the see the Philadelphia Mummer’s parade. As I have matured with age, the activities may change, but the excitement never does.

Here is a list of my favorite ideas for New Year’s Eve this year.

Family time – Make special kid-friendly snacks. Who doesn’t love pigs in a blanket or a fun sundae making extravaganza. Craft your own party hats (or crowns) with some on-hand supplies, then get set to play a few games everyone can enjoy.

Couple time – Grab a copy  of  When Harry Met Sally (which, by the way, has one of the BEST New Year’s Eve moments on film, yes, I am a sucker for happy tears!), prepare some popcorn, and pop the cork on some champagne. You’re all set to snuggle in for the evening with your special someone.

Party timeNew Year’s Eve in Time Square. I am such a Jersey Shore/reality show fan, I love that Snooki will actually be inside a dropping ball. Not the big crystal ball, but somewhere! Check out some other fun drops – Peach Drop (here in Atlanta) or a Hershey’s Kiss (in Hershey, PA). And if you can’t go, you can always keep with the 100-year tradition and watch the magic on TV.

Non-traditional timeNoon Year’s Eve. Radio Disney is hosting a giant dance party for kids in Smyrna, GA, complete with ball drop at noon. An event like this is great fun for little ones to celebrate without everyone having to stay up late. Event’s like this exist all over the country – just do a quick Google search to find one near you!

Disney time – It might be a little late for this year, but New Year’s Eve is traditionally the busiest day at Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California. Both parks stay open late with fireworks and a special New Year’s Eve show at midnight. Check out these tips before you brave the crowds!

I still have to decide what I am doing with my own family this year. And since I do not see myself getting on a plane for an outrageous NYC adventure in my immediate future, I better pick one close to home. Guess that one will have to remain on my bucket list to review again for next year.  :-)

What are you planning for this New Year’s Eve?

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