It’s hard to believe but 2016 is coming to an end. For some of us the year has been less than stellar, and we’re more than ready to bid adieu to it. So why not go out with a bang? If you’re part of a family with young children chances are jetting off to Vegas for New Year’s Eve may be off the table. Ditto for lavish outfits, doling out a lot of dough for a last minute sitter, and a houseful of expensive bubbly. Good news: There are plenty of ways to ring in the new year in a fun and memorable fashion with your littles. We’ve got 7 of them. Besides, adult-only parties are overrated.
1.Have a winter pool party
If you’re fortunate enough to live in a place where the temperature is pretty much alway sunny and warm -- we’re very, very jealous. Throw a pool party and follow it up with a family style meal indoors. For the rest of us stuck in the land of snow and ice, throw a pool party indoors. You can do this at a local hotel with a pool. Your kids will love it. Bring on the noodles, inflatable wings, and pink flamingo. Then follow this up with a party in your hotel room (be mindful of your neighbours) complete with room service, movies and popcorn. If you live in a condo with a pool take advantage and party closer to home.
2. Celebrate in your city
NYE is the perfect time to take in the wonders of your city. Research online what theatrical plays are on, light shows, concerts, outdoor skating events, and other outings -- especially if it’s something you and your family wouldn’t normally do. Your city or neighbouring city is sure to have a plethora activities and events planned.
3. Set up a photo booth
Raid your house for silly props or buy a Picture Perfect Booth Props from our friends at Seedlings! Got a vintage dress or suit that you’ve been saving for a special occasion? Pull it out and dust it off. Tonight is the night for it to shine. Next, it’s your kids’ turn to clean up nice. Don’t worry about going over-the-top. It’s NYE -- you can’t be too over-the-top! Tiaras, boas, tux, etc. You name it; bring it on. It’s time to glitter and shine. What’s important here is that your kids express themselves, and that you all have a fun big night. Capture the moments and don’t forget to be in those pictures.
4. Play dress up and dance it out
Ahead of time prepare a playlist of tunes that both adults and kids will appreciate. (We highly recommend the Wii Dance Just Dance 2017). Just like we noted in #3 get dressed, then turn the music up. Clear out some space to dance and allow yourselves to go crazy. Do yourself a favour a make sure Prince is somewhere on your playlist.
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5. Play games
Turn to the classics like charades, monopoly, Cranium etc. Or, if you’re feeling inventive create your own.
6. Go global
If your littles are smarty pants, have them learn about NYE celebrations around the world. All cultures have their own unique spin on ringing in the new year. And now, more than ever, is a great time to teach your kids about cultural diversity. You’ll all have a blast learning about traditions from other countries. For instance, in Brazil, they hold a 30 minute fireworks show where the locals celebrate and wish one another good luck for the upcoming year. This is followed by dinner, which can include rice, chicken, farofa, salad and marajucá mousse dishes.
7. It’s the final countdown
If your littles have an early bedtime, don’t disturb their schedule and hold a mock countdown at a more appropriate hour. They can still revel in the excitement and won’t be cranky the next day. All you’ll need to do is change the clocks so they will strike at “midnight” when really it’s 8:00 p.m. Bring out the noisemakers, hats, apple juice or ginger ale. Party like it’s 2017 and still get the kids to be on time.
Whether it’s the upcoming change of season or you’ve added an addition to the family, family portraits are a must. Nowadays, DSLR cameras are so accessible and the cameras in our smartphones are so technically advanced, and are ready within seconds, it seems economically to shy away from the professional photographer and treat your precious family portraits like another DIY project. However, know this: there is a lot of value in hiring a pro for your family portraits.
1. Invest in Moments
I believe that the number one reason to hire a professional photographer is that once the day is over, it is now a precious memory and you will want the best images possible of those memories. Photographers will capture candid moments that you didn’t plan for, and those moments make for some of the most priceless photos.
Hiring a professional photographer will make a huge difference in the quality of the photos versus simply taking photos with our smartphones.
2. Exist in Photos
You deserve to be in the photos too! In fact, you should exist in photographs as keepsakes for yourself and/or for your children and future generations. When you hire a professional photographer you get to step away from the everyday routine and enjoy a fun afternoon with your loved one.You'll appreciate the time you took to get ready and value of having someone capture you and your family in the moment. Trust me, you’ll be thankful.
Life passes by so fast and it's important reflect on the here and now; how you are this moment in time.Have you ever looked through some of your past images only to realize that you're always absent from them because you're always the one behind the camera?
Your photographer will take time to edit and perfect your images. They may look great in camera, but a good photographers invests their time to perfect every detail so that your final result is a beautiful, flawless image that you'll want to print and display.
4. Display Your Images in Your Home
A good photographer will teach you the value of printing and displaying your images in your home for them to be seen and enjoyed! Plus, family portraits make a home look lived in and are very inviting.
5. Assistance with Styling & Location
Let's face it, getting ready for the session is usually a stressful process for moms! Your photographer will help provide you with tips from everything from where to go and what to wear, so that your session with be thought out and styled! All of these small details will make a huge difference in your final images.
6. It's an Investment You'll value
When you spend money on something there is instantly more of an appreciation for it. When you pay for professional photography you are investing money into quality images that you're going to value and want to display on your walls and share with others.
Sure, this year you could just buy a Halloween costume for your little one or yourself. All it could take is a quick trip to Walmart or the Disney store, but let’s be honest, it would be half as fun as creating your own.
You don’t have to spend hours combing the Internet to find inspiration either. If you’re in a pinch but feel like rolling up your sleeves and diving into some fun DIY projects, check out these five quick and dirty make at home Halloween costumes.
1. A Pineapple or Standard Apple
This is such a darling Halloween costume that easily works as a stand-in for imaginary play. Get the instructions here.
2. Mac n' Cheese
It's classic comfort food at its best. Try it for yourself.
3. Glow in the Dark Skeleton
Got some skeletons in your closet? It's time the saw the glowing florescent light. Let these instructions light up your day or night.
4. Become Sai for the Night
Fan of pop culture? Then try this costume on for size. It's a great opportunity to show off your twinning chops, too. Just like Sai, don't use your real hair, girl. Head over to your local thrift shop or beauty supply and grab two platinum blond wigs. If you have a crimping iron, crimp those matchy, matchy wigs. Apply "notice me" red lipstick to your lips and wear matching tailored suits. No chandelier swing necessary.
5. Operation Doctor and Patient
Remember the game Operation? Grab your partner and get ready to bring the classic game to life. Here's what you'll need:
• felt (light + dark purple, light + dark brown, red, white)
• hot glue
• nude body suit
• glitter craft foam
• gold pipe cleaner
• red booty shorts
• clown nose
To create the patient costume, cut the board game pieces out of felt and hot glue them to the body suit, mimicking the placement of the actual character in the game. For the surgeon costume, simply purchase a pair of scrubs and tongs from your local thrift store. Send us photos of your spookalicious costumes by tagging us on Instagram.