Tween Daughter: “Can I?”
My teens hosted New Year’s parties in the past, but now it was Tween Daughter’s turn. She and I had fun planning her spa-inspired birthday party, and just as much fun shopping and decorating for her New Year’s Eve party. We kept it small with just nine guests; everyone could fit around one long table for dinner.
New Year’s decorations can be replaced with any holiday decorations, and the activities are just right for middle schoolers.
Decor: Paper lanterns, silver snowflakes, white holiday lights, brightly colored paper goods and margarita glasses.
Dinner Menu: Chips and salsa, veggies and ranch dressing, mozzarella sticks, baked ziti, garlic bread and plain pasta.
Activities: Pictionary Man (new version of Pictionary with a “man” you draw on), cupcake decorating, home-made laser tag (involving “slingshots,” pom-poms and sticky notes), party poppers and Secret Santa. (Secret Santa givers and recipients were previously picked at a friend’s holiday party. The kids came to our house with unwrapped gifts, then we had a “wrapping station” so all the gifts would be wrapped in the same paper.)
Additional Tween Parties Ideas: Karaoke, the video game Dance Dance Revolution, scavenger hunt, Scattergories, ice cream sundae bar, movie, trivia games such as “How well do you know…”, pinata.
Mocktails: Mocktail choices were Strawberry Dacqueries, Pina Coladas and Shirley Temples. Garnishes? Lime wedges and little umbrellas, of course!
Dessert: Aside from the cupcakes and an Oreo cream pie, guests brought homemade rugelah, puff pastries filled with apples, candy cane icing cupcakes and cotton candy.
Countdown: Watching the ball drop. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Happy New Year!
Hon, how did you ring in the New Year?