Thursday, January 5, 2017
Noon Year's Eve Party
This year our library threw a Noon Year's Eve Party. (Yep, you read that right, noon.) For those not in the know a Noon Year's Eve Party is a New Year's celebration for families and children. We celebrated ours on Saturday, December 31, from 11:00 - 12:30pm. The major components of the party included:
1. Countdown clock to countdown to NOON! I used THIS one and just had it displayed on a laptop, but you could project it onto a wall if you have the option.
2. Plenty of snacks. I offered the masses multicolored goldfish in tiny Dixie cups, fruit trays with dip, cookies, Ritz crackers with cheese cubes, and sparkling white and red grape juice.
3. Crafts! The kiddos (and some grown ups) made Noon Year's Eve crowns and tambourines.
4. Bubble machine with lots of bubble mix. I purchased THIS one and THESE extra bubbles. It was such a hit! We did have to put ours on a large towel after a bit, because it can get a little slick on the table. I would advise, if possible, putting this up higher than we did, as some kids wanted to touch the machine/where the bubbles came out.
5. Balloon drop at noon. This was the scariest (for me) part of the whole shindig. I was obviously worried that it wouldn't work, that the net wouldn't release, that the balloons would be static-stuck to the ceiling, etc. HOWEVER, this was a smash with the kids and parents! And, I got to send a bunch of the balloons home with families, helping with the overall cleanup. Tips: I built my own net system and it took about a day, so plan for that, or just purchase one of the many options available on Amazon. Buy a hand balloon pump, trust me. Two words: Static Guard, I sprayed the net with it (and some of the ceiling), before filling with balloons.