New Year’s Eve “Mint” Night Kisses

I have one last New Year’s Eve party printable to share with you for your “Mint” Night (Midnight) Kiss on New Year’s Eve.  I love a fun play on words, don’t you?

I came up with a little gift idea or party favor that you can give to your New Year’s Eve Party guests.

mint-night-kisses-1.png

Take some Hershey’s Mint Kisses (you might notice these are NOT the mint version, which I am very sad about…I had some and then for the life of me can not find where I put them so the kids wouldn’t eat them) and add these printable New Year’s Eve Kiss Stickers to the bottom of each of them.  Simply print them out on white paper.  Then take a 3/4 inch paper punch (found in the scrapbook section of your craft store) and punch them out.  Then glue them onto the kisses with a glue stick.

Fill up a pretty jar of cellophane bag with the “Mint” Night Kisses and attach the printable gift tags and the bottle topper if needed.

A super easy New Year’s Eve party favor!

mint-night-kisses-3.png

If you would like to download the “Mint” Night Kisses Printables, click on the link below.

{New Year’s Eve “Mint” Night Kisses Printables}

*If you are not a fan of The Idea Room on Facebook, you will need to click like first and become a fan. After you become a fan you will need to click on “Get your free gift” in the upper right hand corner of the Idea Room FB page and then click on “Previous Downloads”.

mint-night-kisses-2.png

Looking for other New Year’s Eve Ideas? Check out our past posts here:

New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props

New Year’s Eve Banner Printable

New Year’s Eve Bottle Labels and Printables

New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags

New Year’s Eve Game

New Year’s Eve Printables

As promised, here are the rest of the New Year’s Eve Printables for your New Year’s Eve Party and activities!  If you would like to see the other posts I shared with you earlier, you can check them out here…

New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props

New Year’s Eve Banner Printable

New Year’s Eve “Mint” Night Kisses (coming soon)

New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags

New Year’s Eve Game

New-Years-Eve-Bottle-Labels

I printed out the labels on some white cardstock and then cut them out.  To cover the bottle labels, simply cut out a strip of scrapbook paper to cover the original label and glue into place.  Then I cut a smaller black strip of cardstock paper and then attached the round labels.  I also cut out and made some tags for the tops of the bottles.  If you want the labels to be smaller, simply print less than 100% to get the size you need.

New-Years-Eve-Bottle-Labels 2

You can also use these tags for a lot of other things.  I used them in the photo booth as some fun photo props or use them as party favor or gift tags!

New-Years-Eve 3

I also came up with some fun party favors.  You can give your guests some confetti (if you want to clean it up :) and some party blowers or party hats.  I also thought it would be fun to add some “pop-it” fireworks for the guests to pop at Midnight!  The labels are meant to be printed out and stapled onto little cellophane bags that are 4 inches in width.  You could also cut out the rectangle and add to another piece of paper to fit another size if needed.

New-Years-Eve 2

If you would like to download the New Year’s Eve Bottle Labels & Printables, click on the link below.

{New Year’s Eve Bottle Labels & Printables}

*If you are not a fan of The Idea Room on Facebook, you will need to click like first and become a fan. After you become a fan you will need to click on “Get your free gift” in the upper right hand corner of the Idea Room FB page and then click on “Previous Downloads”.

New-Years-Eve-Bottle-Labels 1

New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props

Throwing a New Year’s Eve Party?  Or just spending it at home with some family and friends? Why not pass the hours taking some fun photos with your loved ones with these fun New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props.

New-Years-Eve-Photo-Props

Today I am sharing these free New Year’s Eve Printable Photo Props with you so that you can use them with your family and friends.

New-Years-Eve-printables

Simply print them out on cardstock and then cut them out.  I glued and then added some tape to secure them to the photo prop.  I attached them to a wooden skewer (used for Kabobs and found in your local grocery store).

New-Years-Eve-2014-Glasses_edited-1.jpg

You can set up an area in your home where the photos can be taken.  Use a white sheet as a backdrop or find a wall that you can add some “New Year’s Eve décor”.  I simply used a wall in my kitchen that already had a large wall clock and then hung some Gold and Silver Christmas Ornaments from the ceiling.

New-Years-Eve

So simple and easy!  Then snap away!  If you are extra ambitious, you could print them out for your guests to take home that night or send them to their homes as a thank you after the party!  I think it is a great souvenir to take home from the New Year’s Eve Party.

New-Years-Eve-party-ideas

If you would like to download the New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props, click on the link below.

{New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props}

*If you are not a fan of The Idea Room on Facebook, you will need to click like first and become a fan. After you become a fan you will need to click on “Get your free gift” in the upper right hand corner of the Idea Room FB page and then click on “Previous Downloads”.

New-Years-Eve-Photo-Props-5.jpg

Now…obviously…these were not taken at midnight.  In fact…the only time I had time to snap these pictures was right before we headed out to church…haha!

If you are interested in some other New Year’s Eve Party Printables you might also want to check out the following:

New Year’s Eve Bottle Labels and Printables

New Year’s Eve Party Photo Props

New Year’s Eve Banner Printable

New Year’s Eve “Mint” Night Kisses (coming soon)

New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags

New Year’s Eve Game

Photo-Prop-printables

I am curious…do you let your kids stay up until Midnight?

Printable New Year’s Eve Banner

Planning on decorating for the New Year or a New Year’s Eve Party? This New Year’s Eve Banner is a really simple addition to your New Year’s Eve Party Décor.

New-Years-Eve-Banner

The banner can be printed on any color of cardstock or even patterned scrapbook paper so that you can customize it for your personal preferences.  Then simply cut it out and hang it up where your party guests can see it…

New-Years-Eve

Or use it as a New Year’s Eve Photo Prop for your friends and family!  A fun way to ring in the New Year and to capture the memory on film.  And my kids do not normally dress up for our New Year’s Eve Party in their Sunday clothes…the only time I had a chance to snap some pictures was before we headed out to church!  Don’t they look thrilled?!

New-Years-Eve-printables

If you would like to download the New Year’s Eve Banner, click on the link below.

{New Year’s Eve Banner Printable}

*If you are not a fan of The Idea Room on Facebook, you will need to click like first and become a fan. After you become a fan you will need to click on “Get your free gift” in the upper right hand corner of the Idea Room FB page and then click on “Previous Downloads”.

New-Years-Eve-Banner

If you are interested in some other New Year’s Eve Party Printables you might also want to check out the following:

New Year’s Eve Party Favors

New Year’s Eve Bottle Labels and Printables

New Year’s Eve Party Photo Props

New Year’s Eve “Mint” Night Kisses (coming soon)

New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags

New Year’s Eve Game

New-Years-Eve-Party-Printables

New Years gift and giveaway

This Giveaway is now CLOSED!!

The winner is:

image

Are you headed to someone’s house for a little New Years Eve Celebration?  Why not give your hostess a fun little gift…a sparkly ice bucket and personalized bottle label.  Or, if you are staying in for your own celebration, you can use this for your own party guests.

DIY-New-years

The challenge for December’s #LowesCreator Creative Network was “Sparkle!”  We were challenged to come up with something that would fit the theme.

2013 gift 2-6

So of course, I immediately thought of Krylon’s Glitter Blast Spray Paint.  I picked up one of these metal buckets in the paint department of Lowe’s which was right by the spray paint.  I picked up the same silvery color as the bucket just to give the bucket a sparkly finish.

2013 collage

Then I picked up some “Sparkling” Cider (since we aren’t drinkers at my house…but you can use your drink of choice) and covered it with a fun and unique New Years Label.

DIY-New-Years

A really simple gift idea and festive addition to your New Years Eve Celebrations.

2013 gift-18

Want to make it too?  I have provided the label as a free download.  Click the following link to download a copy for yourself.

New Years Eve Bottle Label

2013 gift 2-5

Oh…that is not all…

Lowe’s is going to give One Idea Room Reader a $75 gift certificate!

How to enter:

Want to enter for your chance to win it?  Simply leave a comment here.  Any comment!  It doesn’t get simpler than that!

But, if you are interested, you can also sign up for the Lowes Creative Ideas Magazine.  They have a lot of great project ideas there and its free!

2013 gift-03

*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of  Lowe’s,

however all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone. 

Contest runs December 27-31, 2012.

A random winner will be selected and will be given 24 hours

to claim their prize before a new winner is chosen.

Looking for some other New Years Eve party ideas? Check out these past posts:

New Years Eve Countdown Activity Bags

New Years Eve Game

New Years Eve Treats (scroll to bottom of post)

Family “New Year” Resolutions

It’s time once again for Heather Johnson from Family Volley as part of her “Parenting Tips” here on The Idea Room. Here’s Heather in her own words.

–Amy

DIY-New-Years

What a wonderful time of year. Hopefully your homes have been filled with family, togetherness, and the spirit of the season.

It is also a time of year for renewal and re-commitment. New Years Resolutions aren’t just for us as individuals, they are for families too!

There are lots of approaches for making family resolutions. One that is always fun, is to choose a theme. This could be a key word (such as service, love, kindness, or organization.)

You can also choose a motto, quote, or a saying that represents a focus your family would like to have for the upcoming year.

Or you can choose a weakness that your family would like to make a strength. Let that be your focus for the year, and create a few resolutions focused around that strength.

When you are ready to establish some resolutions, gather the entire family together. It is much more powerful to make the decisions together and have the input of the entire family. Plus, when everyone is involved in the decision making, they will be much more likely to commit and follow through. They will take ownership because they had a say.

Then, start by focusing on all of the things your family did well during the last year. If you have a white board, or even just a piece of paper, write all the strengths down for everyone to see. This is an important step. Remember, you are focusing on the family as a whole. Don’t start pointing out individual weaknesses of family members.

Then, once you have built your family up, start talking about what you would like to focus on and change. A good place to start, have everyone in the family suggest a weakness they see your family has, and/or something they would like to see different or changed, or do more of. 



Take a vote and have everyone weight in and narrow the suggestions down to two or three. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Choosing 20 resolutions for your family is setting yourselves up for failure.

Once you have chosen your 2-3 resolutions, establish the details. It isn’t just about the goals. You also need to establish how you will reach your goals.

The last step during your resolution setting meeting, is to schedule follow up family meetings. Your family should sit down each month and evaluate how the resolutions are going.

If you are not sure what resolutions would be good for your family. Here are three that every family should implement this year, and every year.

1. Commit to eat dinner together at least 5 days a week. I recognize that this may seem like a lofty charge, but eating together has benefits beyond belief. For starters, children who eat dinner together with their families are less likely to get involved in drugs and alcohol. They also get better grades, are more adjusted, and better able to handle stress and disappointment. That alone, is a great reason. On top of that, research shows that around the dinner table is where families used to teach morals and values. But now that families eat together less, where are children learning these skills? They aren’t. They are learning from television. We need to gather our children back around our own tables to reconnect and teach.

If dinner doesn’t work for your family, try breakfast. If 5 times is more than you can do, then do what you can.

2. Plan one family activity each week. It is true, families that play together, stay together. Family activities provide opportunities for families to bond in a non threatening environment. These activities also provide families opportunities to develop adaptation and negation skills. Don’t just talk about it. Put it on the calendar. Schedule it into your life just like your other obligations to ensure that it will happen. Consider it the most important event on your calendar each week.

3. Work together. Family work is vital. It is key to raising moral children. Instead of keeping our children from work, rally together and work together each week. It can be household work, yard work, or a project that you choose specifically for this resolution. Regardless of the task, do it together. You will be amazed at how it strengthens.

Don’t just sit down and plan out your personal resolutions for 2013. Take some time to create resolutions for your family also, and watch 2013 be your families best year EVER!

Does your family set New Year’s Resolutions?

What can you see your family working on this year?

heather johnson

Have a question or just want to say hello.

 

One word 2012—Clarity

I shared this recently over at Less Cake More Frosting as part of Lara’s one word series. I thought I would share it here with you in case you missed it or did not click over to her site.

I spent a lot of time thinking about words and their respective meanings.  I wanted to find the perfect word that would ring true for me and my thoughts as we transition into a new year.

I am not very good about setting New Years Resolutions because every year I seem to choose similar goals to the year before. Hmm …something about that feels very wrong! Right?  Then I realize another year has come and gone without any real resolution. Can anyone relate? (please say yes?!)

But I like the idea of having a word…one word.  A word that I can reflect on throughout the year…and word that will help me choose to see things as they really are. A word to help me keep my perspective as to the events and everyday moments in my life. The word is have chosen is…

clarity..

Pin It

clarity word 2

Clarity. Clearness. Freedom from ambiguity. The older I get the more I realize how important it is to be able to view a situation in life for what it really is.

Most will never be rescued by a handsome prince.

Most of our kids are not going to be perfect.

Sometimes things get broken.

Sometimes things get misunderstood.

Sometimes people are mean.

Sometimes we may lose a loved one.

Some of our dreams may never come true.

Sometimes we get the short end of the stick.

Let’s face it…sometimes life is messy.

Taylor 2 wm

But I believe that if we choose to see things as they really are, we can be happy with what really matters.

I have chosen the word Clarity because there are a few areas in my life that are of the upmost of importance to me.  I want to be sure that they will not fall to the wayside as I get caught up in all the “other trappings” that compete for my time and attention.  What is important is having the…clarity word

to determine just exactly what they are!

For me…the list is short…

my Religion

my Marriage

my Children

my Health

my Individuality

my Authenticity

I realize that when I am focusing my energy 100% towards my children…I can’t possibly focus on my other equally important roles…and vice versa.  We can’t possibly be 100% in everything all the time.  It just isn’t possible…for anyone!

But…when I get a chance to spend some one on one time with my husband…I can focus on him 100%.  Or when I have a quiet moment with one of my children, I can choose to be be 100% present in that moment.  It may not be possible to have several of these “moments of clarity” in one day.  But as long as we are looking and seeking for these moments of clarity and taking advantage of them while we can…I think I will be on the right track to living a life filled with clarity for the things that matter most.

Strawberry wma

This year I want I to remember to not let my life be muddled with too many extras…extras that can “muddy” up my clarity and ability to determine what is truly important.

Pin It

new year’s eve countdown bags

*Update 12.28.2013–Download the 2014 version of the New Years Eve Countdown Activity Bags here:  New Years Eve Countdown Activity Bags 2014

New-Years-Eve 2014

*If you are not a fan of The Idea Room on Facebook, you will need to click like first and become a fan. After you become a fan you will need to click on “Get your free gift” in the upper right hand corner of the Idea Room FB page and then click on “Previous Downloads”.

*Update 12/27/2012–Download the 2013 version of the New Years Eve Countdown Activity Bags here:  New Years Eve Countdown Activity Bags 2013

Last year I saw a bunch of people posting about these fun New Year’s Eve Countdown Activity bags.  I didn’t have time to implement them into our New Year’s Eve Party for 2011 but wanted to make sure that I made some for this year’s party.

new years eve countdown bags 4wm

I loved the whole concept behind the activity bags and thought it would be a great way to keep the evening fun.  We usually have a low key party with the family and their cousins.  We play games all night and just enjoy ringing in the New Year in each other’s company.

new-years-eve-game

The concept behind these Countdown Activity Bags is fairly simple.  I took some mini party sacks that I picked up from Hobby Lobby and glued some tags with clock faces on them.  I have provided them for you as a free download if you are interested.  Click here:

New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags

new-years

For the scalloped “Happy New Year Tag” you can download them on this post I where I shared some…

New Year’s Eve 2012 Printables

new-years-eve-games

Then you simply draw the clock hands on each bag to represent each hour of the evening you want to have an activity for the family and kids to do together.  I started the countdown bags with the year 2011 at 5:00 pm and made one for every hour till 12:00 am 2012.

In each bag I added some fun activities to do on the hour.  For example:

5:00 pm—Make/Eat Chinese Food

6:00 pmPlay a New Year’s Eve Game {I will be sharing one here soon}!

7:00 pm—Watch a movie with the family

8:00 pm—Intermission: Make some Ice Cream Sundaes & finish movie

9:00 pm—Make a New Year’s Craft—confetti, noise makers, hats, etc.

10:00—Play another game

11:00 pm—Turn on some music and dance

12:00 am 2012—Watch fireworks out the window, bang noise makers, toast the New Year!

New-years-2014 | theidearoom.net

The above list is just an example of what can be done.  I am not posting our “true” list as my kids have been known to read my blog from time to time…! There are so many idea that you could add into the bag that would make your party lots of fun and ensure that you keep the party guests guessing.  I know my kids and their cousins are going to be excited seeing what is in each bag.

Interested in our other New Year’s Eve posts? Check these out!

New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props

New Year’s Eve Banner Printable

New Year’s Eve “Mint” Night Kisses (coming soon)

New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags

New Year’s Eve Game

What activities would you place in your Countdown Bags?

 

New Years Eve 2012

I can’t believe Christmas has come and gone.  We had a fun, relaxing Christmas at home and then spent the rest of the afternoon at Grandma’s house with the cousins.  The perfect holiday.  I hope all of you had a fun and enjoyable Christmas holiday as well.  Getting ready now for your New Years Eve parties?  I made up some New Years Eve 2012 printables that I would love to share with you. 

New Years Eve wmb

We like to spend the holiday with the family playing games, eating great food and enjoy one another’s company.  So I thought it would be fun to spruce up one of our favorite party drinks…Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider, by making a festive label! Haha! 

New-Years-E ve-2012 wm

This stuff is as strong as it gets for us. But this label should work for most other bottles if you prefer something else with your celebrations.  You can download the free label here:

New Years Eve 2012 Bottle Labels {grey}

New Years Eve 2012 Bottle Labels {red}

New Years Eve 2012 ewm

I also made some simple drink tags so that you can label everyone’s drinks so everyone knows whose drink is whose.  These are easily attachable to stemmed glasses or paper cups depending on how your prefer to celebrate.  I simply took some key tag rings and attached them to some printables I printed out on some cardstock paper.

new years eve 2012 gwm

I have made some blank labels that include the 2012 with a space above it so that you can add your own names with your computer program after downloading them or by simply writing each guests names on them with a permanent marker as they arrive.

You can print the free downloadable drink tags here:

New Years Eve 2012 Drink Name Tags

New Years Eve 2012 dwm

Hopefully some of you will  be able to use these at your upcoming New Years Eve Parties this weekend.  Be sure to come back tomorrow when I am sharing some more New Years Eve fun!

What do you usually do to celebrate the New Year?

Pin It