One of my favorite parts of New Year’s Eve as a child as the big hoopla and noise I got to make at midnight.  It wasn’t very often that I was encouraged to yell in the house and we had special noise makers that only came out once a year, which were so much fun to shake, rattle, and bang together.

This year why not make some special noisemakers to help you ring in the new year.

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Creative Jewish Mom has a great tutorial on how to make a noisemaker with plastic cups.   This would a be a great way to use any leftover cups from any holiday parties you recently hosted.


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End 2011 and begin 2012 on a green note by using an old water bottle and tissue paper (leftover from some recent presents, maybe?) to create a noisemaker.  Kaboose shares a tutorial.

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And finally just in case you can’t ring in the new year with lots of noise and need to have a quieter countdown, why not make ribbon wands to wave in celebration!  It won’t be nearly as noisy, but it will be tons of fun.  Intimate Weddings shares a tutorial.


We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful New Year!

Looking for something to serve at your New Year’s Eve party? How about some sparkling cider in plastic champagne glasses for the kiddos. Don’t forget some edible gold glitter.


Count down to the new year with these ‘countdown cupcakes’. We used silver gum balls, lollypop sticks, and edible gold dust to make these great New Year’s Eve cupcakes. Check out of ‘School Year’s Eve‘ party guide for more great ideas!

If you are throwing a New Year’s Eve party, why not make a time capsule? Let all the kids make their own, or make one as a family. Add in things that remind you of the past year, and close it up until 2015, or 2020! We used a pringles can that we decorated with paper and ribbon. Find more great ideas in our ‘School Year’s Eve’ party guide.

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with family and friends! With New Year’s less than a week away, we will be sharing some fun ideas this week for your own New Year’s Eve Party. Did you know that our School Year’s Eve party guide can be easily adapted for a New Year’s eve party? Stay tuned to learn how!