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NEW YEARS's Plans ?

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: NEW YEARS's Plans ?
By ~harlena on Saturday, December 27, 2008 - 05:29 pm:


I know, we're not done celebrating Christmas yet, going to m-i-l's home tomorrow, she was too sick on Christmas Day (see, Feona, you weren't alone !) so we didn't go down (her choice) .... but I'm wondering about New Year's plans ....

I thought we'd have a couple of families over to our house, no big thing, but I'm not sure we've done this before, usually we're at someone else's (one friend usually has her son's birthday party that night, so it's a family affair there) but this year, it will be here ....

SO - I need help in what to do .... it may only be one other family (mom, dad & three munchkins, this would be perfectly fine, they accept my dust and all !) I invited a second mom (thought she was on the outs with her boyfriend/mostly fiance, but it turns out they're talking again as of Christmas Eve) OR the second mom could bring boyfriend/mostly fiance and his son (would be fairly stressful since boyfriend/mostly fiance is a perfectionist, really, a nice guy. It's just that my dust and I are just not comfortable around him, if you know what I mean!)

SO - I kinda need to plan for all of the above, because since I put the invite out there, any/all of the above could show up.

I should have seen what the second mom's plans were and if she was on the outs with her boyfriend/mostly fiance or if they already had plans before throwing that invite out there. I just didn't want her to be alone to start the new year, ya know ?

Now I'm stressing about the whole affair.

Any tips ?

Feel free to NOT tell me to clean up the house, I KNOW that ... have been cleaning already today (piles of clean clothes have been put away, with help of munchkins !) bathrooms are clean (as of today, will have to happen again Wed morning, 4 guys in the house, the bathroom ALWAYS needs cleaning) but de-cluttering is on the New Year's Resolution list, where it is EVERY year and as you may have guessed, come Jan 2nd, that resolution promptly gets thrown onto the next year's list .... I know, they have "help" for people like me, hahahaha !

Anyway, any ideas you guys might like to share would be nice.

Games ? Food ? Plans in general ?

Those marshmallow (sp?) guns would work out nicely for this night, but unless they've gone down in price (can you say "Target clearance" ?), I cannot afford a gun for all children who will be there (even if it's only ours and the first family mentioned !), I'm thinking glow in the dark bullets for the bazillion nerf guns we have .... that's the best I can do so far !

Help anyone ?

By Feona on Saturday, December 27, 2008 - 09:30 pm:

How many kids? How many adults?

I remember you got a wii? Maybe I am mistaken.
The wii is going to be a big hit with the adults and kids. Did they put the wii together yet?

I think maybe potluck? Everyone bring something? Are you cooking for everyone? I get so confused on the heat up with a large crowd. Only thing I can think of is one pot dish. Lasana or something you can make ahead.
I really want to enjoy my company. So I say do as little work as possible.

By Angellew on Sunday, December 28, 2008 - 09:26 am:

We used to really do it up on New Years, but I really hate doing anything anymore! We (my DH and DD) will get some take-out and watch movies... cute ones for her until she falls asleep and then something for us after! I'm usually the only one that makes it to midnight!

I have historically HATED New Years Eve... I find it very depressing! Crazy, huh?

By Momofmax on Sunday, December 28, 2008 - 08:35 pm:

Our neighbor has a huge family party with LOTS of fireworks. I enjoy that because we don't have to drive anywhere. I'm not a night owl so it's hard for me to stay up much past midnight. Sometimes I slip home right afterwards. It's pot luck so there's always good food.

By Vicki on Monday, December 29, 2008 - 12:56 pm:

We stay home for new years eve. Way to many people drinking and driving for me to feel comfortable being out!

By Breann on Monday, December 29, 2008 - 03:22 pm:

We usually don't go anywhere too fancy either. Last year we went to my inlaws. This year we are staying home. Not sure that we'll even make it till midnight! We'll play some games and let the kids stay up late with us. They are excited about that. Maybe we'll watch the ball drop in NYC and call it a night :)

By Colette on Monday, December 29, 2008 - 03:47 pm:

We don't usually go out, but a friend of dh's just called and invited us to a party, so we might go there for a little while. Dk's are all going to their own parties. New Years Eve is never a big one for me.

By ~harlena on Monday, December 29, 2008 - 11:09 pm:

THANKS for your ideas guys ... I've been working on my plans .... tell me what you think:

OK, so neighborhood fireworks are out, and I'm NOT doing my own ....

Yes, we have a wii, even have a friend bringing over a couple of extra controllers ... that may occupy some of the people some of the time, but my boys are pretty active, if I wasn't worried about losing all the darts (the doggone expensive ones !) I'd be all for glow in the dark nerf attack .....

Maybe it's not too late to get a glow-in the dark basketball, I even saw a glow in the dark net at Target.

Just want to have a few ideas for the kiddos for when "I'm b-o-r-e-d" comes along. I'll have munchkins aged 3-15 around (that's what I usually have as my own are at both ends of the spectrum, and the others will be somewhere in the middle.)

I'm thinking that those marshmallow guns STILL sound good, just wish I could remember where I saw them !

Probably we'll have 9 kids total, possibly an extra 2 ..... 5, maybe 6 adults (yepper, that's a lot of kiddos for 3 families, that's just the way it goes !)

I also already told the other moms it's a "bring a Mexican dish" night .... figure at the very least I can have verious of nachos/chips & salsa/chili con queso (my personal favorite) etc ..... plus I should do an actual dish myself. Drinks will be sodas for the kids (after all, it's a party !) and we have a couple of bottles of champagne from hubby's work ....

Any other ideas ?

Oh yeah, we have Apple to Apple, plus munchkin version of the same. That's always a good starting point .....

By Emily7 on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 10:40 am:

I have BIG plans on New Years, it is what I do every year since becomming a mom. Are you ready? Don't get jealous....
I am getting my 2008 files boxed up and ready for storage and getting the 2009 files labled and put in the cabinet.
I know, you are wondering how I can have that much fun! LOL
The kids will be asleep, my dh will be working and it is the perfect time.

By Enchens on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 02:56 pm:

I'm with Vicki on this one. Too many crazy folks out driving. My kiddos are too young to stay up late (though they disagree) and tonight it's just us three, since dh has to work tonight.

I'm thinking we'll make some hot chocolate and watch a kid movie, put the boys to bed, and then either snuggle up with a book until dh comes home or try to clear out the dvr of "my junk", lol.

By Bea on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 04:28 pm:

Two other couples in our neighborhood will join us for dinner at The Bonefish Grill at 6:00. We'll then come back here to play board games until midnight, toast the New Year, maybe play a little longer and they'll walk home.

By Dana on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 08:33 pm:

Just DH and me and the kids.
My mom, the kids and myself went to Walmart to spend their gift cards, and it took pretty much all day for shopping. The kids did a GREAT job choosing items to purchase.

When I came home, DH had gone shopping was was cooking up a HUGE dinner on the grill. KaBobs and BBQ chicken. He cooked enough for us to eat all next week. I asked "who'd you invite over" and he said "no one!" Just finished eating. I'm making pineapple dump cake now for desert as a surpise.

We never drive on New Years, esp since we became parents. Not worth the risk.


By ~harlena on Monday, January 5, 2009 - 02:07 am:

Just getting caught up on everyone's New Year's ..... I think I like Dana's best of all, out shopping while hubby is home cooking .... sounds like a GREAT holiday tradition to start !!!

Ours went off very nicely, the two other families who came over had a blast, it was nerf gun craziness with a bit of flashlight tag thrown in. I had to get involved so the little tiny people (two three year olds) could play .... it was FUN !!!

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