To celebrate Peanut’s birthday this year, she wanted a Mickey and the Roadster Racers party. I wanted to do a NYE kids’ party. We ended up compromising and having a Mickey and the Roadster Racer-themed family brunch a few days before her birthday, and celebrating with a few of her friends on New Year’s Eve. It was her first party since she turned 1, and we had so much fun!
With New Year’s Eve falling on a Sunday this year, we were able to take Saturday to prep and swap out some of the Christmas decorations for New Year’s/birthday decorations.
We started the party at 11 to give everyone time to arrive, eat and do a fireworks painting project before the countdown. The paint project used toilet paper rolls and black paper. I love how they turned out!
The kids ate and played while their paintings dried, and then, just before noon, we passed out sparkling cider, let the kids choose party hats and noisemakers, and found a YouTube countdown to
When the clock struck 12, balloons fell from the ceiling fan. This was a big hit!
Once all the noise died down (this took a few minutes) we gathered everyone to sing Happy Birthday. For dessert, we had picked up a small cake for Peanut from The Great Gadsby Bakery, and they also had macarons in New Year’s colors that were a perfect light dessert to serve toward the end of the sugar-filled holidays.
In keeping with the theme, we used a sparkler in place of a candle, which was actually pretty overwhelming for Peanut (despite it looking really cool) so we may not do that again for a while.
All in all, everyone had fun and the kids all got to have their own NYE count down without staying up too late!*
*Peanut went to bed on time, but Pumpkin napped for the first time in years and ended up staying up until almost 1 a.m.!
- Kids’ outfits, party plates, napkins, banner and champagne flutes from Target
- Balloons and tablecloths from Party City
- Fireworks painting
- Ceiling Fan Balloon Drop
- Midnight Kisses Party Favors