Simple NYE Party Ideas for Kids

Back in the day I use to get all dressed up and would have a night out on the town for NYE, but these days not so much. With having two boys, I like to spend NYE with them. And let’s be honest, I love my sweats and yoga pants too much. πŸ˜‚ I love to make all the little things extra special, but on a budget. I will go all out for Christmas, but I really don’t like to spend money on temporary items, such as New Year’s Eve decor. 

So this year I made everything for NYE with items I already had on hand. Like a simple glitzy garland using leftover wrapping paper and cookies from friends and coworkers that we were given for Christmas.

I spent less than an hour putting everything together. See, simple! So if you have an hour to spare let’s do this!


DIY Glitzy Garland

Materials:

  • Wrapping paper
  • Twine or string
  • 2 inch circle hole punch
  • Tape
  • Scissors

Step 1: Cut a clean line down the end of the wrapping paper.

Step 2: Take the 2″ circle hole punch and line it up with the wrapping paper & punch the holes all the way down the wrapping paper until you get to the other end.

Step 3: Using the scissors, cut another clean line down the wrapping paper removing the excess from where you used the hole punch.

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 & 3 until you have the desired amount of circles.

Step 5: Lay the twine or string flat and tape one circle at a time to the twine or string.

Tip: I applied the first cut out about 2 inches in & spaced the cut outs approximately 2 inches apart.

Step 6: Once you are done applying the cut outs, cut the end of the twine or string removing the excess.

Hang your garland and your done! I hung the garland on our large chalkboard with a quote I found fitting for NYE.

Next the sweet treats. Again, because I wasn’t trying to put a ton of effort into this, I decided to serve milk in champagne flutes with sprinkles around the rim. My oldest calls them fancy {fann-cee} glasses. πŸ˜‚

To add a sprinkle rim to your glasses follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Get two bowls.

Step 2: Fill one bowl with about an inch of water and put the sprinkles in the other bowl.

Step 3: Dip the rim of the glass into the bowl with water, then gently dip it into the bowl with sprinkles.

Step 4: Repeat step 3 until all the glasses are finished!

Step 5: Add the milk!

Tip: To ensure I didn’t mess up the sprinkles around the rim when adding the milk, I used a silicone funnel.


Lay out some cookies (we all know you have tons of cookies from Christmas) with the milk and let the kids enjoy as you bring in the New Year together!


Like I said, easy peasy and the kids will love it!

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you leave here inspired and wish you and your family a Happy New Year! The best is yet to come. Xoxo

For more NYE inspiration for kids head on over to my friend Erica’s blog! Click here.

Homemade Christmas Potpourri

I have made this homemade potpourri for the past couple years around Christmas time. I love the natural fragrance so much that I want to share it with you! It is very potent and makes the whole house smell wonderful!

To make the potpourri you will need these ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 3 oranges (sliced)
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 heaping cup of cranberries
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients let’s do this!
Step 1: Slice the oranges.

Step 2: Put all the ingredients except the vanilla in a sauce pan and fill with water until completely covering the contents.

Step 3: Add the vanilla to the top and turn the burner to medium/low heat. Once it starts to simmer turn the burner to low and let it simmer as long as you’d like, stirring it occasionally.

Step 4: Enjoy the sweet smell of Christmas. 😍

You will be able to smell the potpourri within an hour. It makes the whole house smell like Christmas! The best part is, it’s all natural. ❀️

Happy Holidays friends! Until next time. Xoxo

DIY Fresh Pine & Seeded Eucalyptus Christmas GarlandΒ 

So this was my first attempt at making a garland with fresh greenery. I will tell you that using pine is sticky, but to me it is so worth the extra scrub when washing your hands.
I initially was going to buy a garland, but the sites I visited sell them for $40 all the way up to $200. 😳 To me that’s a lot of money when it only lasts about a month if you have it inside your house. It would last a couple weeks longer outside where there is more moisture, but that’s it.

The total cost of the garland was $18. I purchased the pine and seeded eucalyptus at a local florist. The pine was $7 and the seeded eucalyptus was $11. I had all the other materials on hand. If you have access to pine or eucalyptus trees then you could make this for free. I’ll say it again, FREE!! Heck yeah! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ Even if you have to purchase the clippings, you’re still saving a ton of money if you were to buy one. 😁

Note, This makes a 16 foot long thin garland. I draped my garland and had 5 feet in total of it hanging down the posts. 30 inches on each post. Since I made the garland thin, it only required 1 bunch of pine & seeded eucalyptus. If you want more volume you might need more. It all depends on how long you want it.

Now let’s talk materials.

Garland Materials:

  • 1 – bunch of pine clippings
  • 1 – bunch of seeded eucalyptus clippings
  • Wire
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Optional: 5lb command strips and hooks

If you plan on hanging your garland I would recommend using 5 lb. Command strips & hooks so it’s easy cleanup when you take the garland down and you won’t have to put nails or staples into your wall or staircase banister. I hung the garland up our banister.

Doesn’t it look pretty? 😍

Now that you have all your materials gathered it’s time to make the garland.

Step 1: Cut all your pine & seeded eucalyptus into 6 to 8 inch long clippings. I left 2-3 inches of the branch to connect them.


Step 2: Take one clipping and overlap a second clipping about half way up the first clipping.

Tip: Cut all the wire strips first. So you can keep going. This saved me a ton of time. My wire clippings were about 4-5 inches long.


Step 3: Wrap the wire around the clippings where you overlapped them and pull it tight as you are wrapping the wire. I did cut all the wire first. The picture below is for demonstration purposes only.

Step 4: Repeat steps 2-3 until you achieve your desired garland length.

Note: If you are not hanging the garland you can skip step 5.

Step 5: Hang the garland using the Command strips and hooks. I used the bow to cover the hook. Clever huh?! ☺️

Step 6: wedge the seeded eucalyptus in between the clippings where the wire is. You can also attach the seeded eucalyptus with wire, but wedging it in saves time.

If you want to add a bow check out my DIY burlap bow tutorial. I posted the it a few weeks ago. Click here for the instructions.

Now sit back and admire your garland. 😊

This project took me about 35 minutes total. So all you moms out there could have a beautiful garland completed before nap time is even over. Score!

Well friends, thats it for this post. I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and feel inspired to make your own Christmas garland. You can’t go wrong with an $18 fresh garland.

Happy Holidays to you and yours.πŸŽ…πŸ» Until next time friends. Xoxo

DIY Christmas Cedar Wreath

One of my favorite things about Christmas is the scents. Cranberry, pine, cinnamon, and cedar. I relate all those scents to Christmas, like I’m sure that most of you do.
I grew up on a farm where pine trees were everywhere. I remember I would go out in our front yard and pick up the fallen pine cones for my mom, who would then use them for crafting. I miss those days. Living in the city has its drawbacks.

There are no pine or cedar trees in our yard, so I had to purchase cedar clippings from a local florist. The scent of cedar took over my car and I was instantly taken back to my childhood home picking up pine cones in my front yard and betting my brother who could climb the highest this time. Even though it’s not the same as getting the clippings from my front yard, it was a nice trip down memory lane and good to know I can purchase cedar and pine clippings from my local florist for $7 a bunch.

When I purchased the clippings I knew I wanted to attempt a wreath without using a wire support. My goal was a simply flimsy natural wreath. Well, I can happily say I successfully completely my wreath and it is exactly what I wanted. It’s simple and elegant. Just how I envisioned it. The best part is it took me 20 Minutes to complete!

Now you want to make one don’t you? Of course you do!

Below are the step-by-step directions, but first you need to gather all the materials.

Materials:

  • 1 – bunch of cedar clippings
  • Wire
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • 7/8 inch ribbon (optional)

Step 1: Cut all your clippings around the same length. I cut mine into 8 inches, roughly. I didn’t use a ruler. I simply eyed it.Step 2: Take one clipping and overlap a second clipping about half way up the first clipping.

Step 3: Wrap the wire around three time (pull tight) where the clippings overlap.

Step 4: Repeat steps 2-3 until you achieve your desired size.

Step 5: Connect the two ends by wrapping wire around them. Wrap the the wire at least three times and make sure the wire is tight.

Step 6: This step is optional. Tie a bow on the bottom of the wreath with ribbon. I used white ribbon.

That’s it! This project took me less than 20 minutes to put the wreath together. I wish I could it took the same or less time to decide where I wanted to hang it. πŸ˜‚

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and feel inspired to make your own. You can’t go wrong with a $7 wreath that is simple and elegant. If you have access to cedar trees then this wreath would be essentially free. πŸ‘πŸΌ

Well that’s it for this post. Until next time friends. Xoxo