Monday, December 26, 2016

A "Bubbly" New Year's Eve Party for Kids

New Year's Eve with kids is tough. I’m not sure if I can stay up until midnight, and I definitely do not want my kids to be awake that long. So we are counting down to noon with a Bubbly New Year's party.

...The bubbles are bubble wrap, bubble gum, and balloons. Save the GOOD bubbly for yourself.

PS I know the numbers say 2015. I wrote this for Urban Moms last year. Just pretend the five is a six so that I don't have to buy another roll of bubble wrap. Thank you.






DECORATIONS

My philosophy is that for a kids' party, you shouldn't spend more time prepping than partying. So if your party is an hour, you should only spend an hour making decorations. Here are some quick and easy ways to decorate for your bubbly New Year's party.

1) Balloons

Balloons are great because they are cheap, they're readily available, and they make a big impact. I think they look the best when you group them, but I HATE trying to gather those tiny little ends together. Luckily, I discovered these new Command Party Balloon Bunchers. These things are GENIUS.




You know those Command strips that let you stick things to your wall without damaging it? The Balloon Bunchers use those things. You stick your balloon-ends in the little circles and then stick the whole thing to the wall. BAM, done.




As you can see, I have some mad dessert-table skills.

For this bubble wall, I used five Balloon Bunchers and five of the Command "Party Mini Spring Clips," to hold the single balloons to the wall. You can see how they work in the photo below - they just pinch anything and make it stick.




The bubble wall also makes a good backdrop for a photobooth!




That's her pirate face. 



2) Christmas Ornaments

This is the ultimate lazy party decoration. Get a bowl, throw some pretty things in it. I used round Christmas ornaments. I got these ones for 50% off because Christmas is almost here. Bonus: you can use them on your tree next year!





If you look closely at the reflection on the bowl, you can see the mess I pushed out of the way for these photos! 


3) Paper Lanterns

I bought some cheap paper lanterns at the party store and gave them a coat of glitter spray paint. Now I want to glitter-spray-paint ALL THE THINGS. So fun and sparkly!! If you can't find glitter, some clear glossy spray paint would also make the lanterns look bubbly. 




I hung these with the Command "Party Ceiling Hooks." I was worried about these because I have popcorn ceilings, but they stuck to my ceiling with no problems. And stayed there for months until I finally pulled them down.



4) Bubble Garland

This garland is super easy to make. All you need is pipecleaner and fishing line. 



To make the smaller "bubbles," take 5 pipecleaners, bend them in half, and twist the bottom to keep them together.




Next, wind each pipecleaner around your finger to make little spirals. 



Once they are all spiraled, crunch them up into a ball. 



To make the larger "bubbles," use 10 pipecleaners and don't bend them in half. Just twist up the bottoms a bit until it looks like a creepy albino spider. Then follow the same method as above.



To hang the bubble garland, I used the Command "Party Banner Anchors." They are shaped like flat knobs, so you can wrap the strings of your garland around them easily. I love that all the pieces and the strips are clear now - you can barely see them in person.





5) Bubble Wall

Look at this bubble wall! Isn't it cool? It was so easy, my 4-year-old helped me do it. All you need is those plastic Christmas ornaments from the craft store that break in half (normally you fill them with something and hang them on the tree). I got these for 50% off, too. 




I took a bunch of clear Command strips and used them to stick the ornament-halves to the wall. I bunched them up at the bottom and spaced them out at the top so that they look like bubbles floating away. This would also make a great backdrop for photos or a dessert table!


6) Bubble Wrap Year

You can't have a New Year's party without displaying the date, right? To make this New Year's sign, you just need bubble wrap and some wire. For reference, here is a picture of the gross dirty wire I found in our garage.




If you don't own this stuff, you can buy it at the hardware store. Silver wire would be better because the black showed through the bubble wrap a bit. 

To make the sign, shape your wire into the numbers you require, then wrap them in bubble wrap. I found it was easiest to straighten the wire out completely, wrap it in big pieces of bubble wrap, and then re-shape it into numbers. I used the purple Scotch tape meant for gifts because it didn't show up on the bubble wrap, and then I used EVEN MORE Command strips to attach the numbers to the wall. 




I think it ended up looking like soap bubbles! If your decorations are not perfect, don't worry – kids will not notice or care. Still feeling stressed? Pop some of that bubble wrap. You'll feel better, I promise. 



SNACKS

I got these insanely cute plastic champagne flutes at Party City. You can give the kids pop or sparkling juice as their "bubbly" drink.




Every good party needs sugar, so I got a nice bubble-shaped bowl and filled it with bubble gum. I used blue gum because I thought it looked bubbly, but I'm sure the kids will not care if yours is a different colour. They will just be excited about gum.






LOOT BAGS

For loot bags, I found spherical containers at Party City and filled them with bubble gum, bubbles (of course), fizzy candy, star-shaped sunglasses, and a bubble-ish bouncy ball.






ACTIVITIES

I got clear pony beads at the craft store and had the kids string "bubble" necklaces. The kids also had fun writing down New Year's resolutions and they danced to pop music (ha ha).

Most importantly, I gave them bubbles and bubble wrap to play with. The bubble wrap alone was good for over half an hour of screaming fun. EASIEST PARTY EVER.

Happy New Year!



Full disclosure: When I originally wrote this post for Urban Moms, it was sponsored by 3M. It was super easy to write because I am ride or die for the Command sticky things, I LOVE THEM. No one has paid me to post this here, but I am doing so because I worked SO SO SO HARD on these photos and it's cute.  

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