Snowflake Window Clings

Let it snow,  Let it snow, Let it snow!

Well, the Christmas decorations have all been taken down and the confetti swept away from New Year’s, and things were looking a little bare around here.  So, I kept up my twinkling snowflake lights and the kids and I made these snowflake window clings to add some wintery fun.

Snowflake window cling craft
Materials

  • Ziplock bags
  • Three Dimensional Paint-we used Tulip Glitter in ‘Diamond’
  • Snowflake templates

how to make snowflake window clingsSnowflake window cling directions

 

 

 

 

 

Directions

  1. Print snowflake template or make your own.
  2. Cut it out and place in Ziplock bag.
  3. Trace the lines with the tube of paint.
  4. Let dry over night, or about 6 hours.
  5. Peel off the snowflake and attach to the window.

This would also be a great craft and decoration for a Winter Wonderland Party




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Soapy Snowball Craft

soapy snowball craft

Looking for a fun craft idea to help wash away the winter blues? Make soap snowballs!  These snowballs are fun and easy to make, and when you hide a little toy inside they are a great way to motivate kids to wash away winter germs.

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Materials:

  • 4 (4.5 oz) bars of soap (Ivory Soap works especially well)
  • A cheese grater (or a food processor with a grating tool)
  • ½ cup of lukewarm water
  • Small toys to put inside the snowballs (optional)
  • Peppermint extract (optional) 

Directions:

  1. Use your cheese grater or food processor to shred your soap into a large bowl. (Be sure to watch little fingers during this part.)
  2. If you want to add a minty scent to your snowballs, add a few drops of mint extract to ½ cup of lukewarm water.
  3. Add the water, a little bit at a time, to the bowl of shredded soap until it forms a claylike texture. Mix the soap and water with your hands as you add it to be sure you are getting the consistency you want.
  4. If you are adding a toy surprise, start with that and mold a large handful of the soap mixture around it to form a snowball.
  5. Set your snowballs on a tray or rack to dry. It usually takes about 24 hours for the snowballs to fully dry.  

** Be sure to really rinse off  any utensils that you used to make your soapy snowballs before putting them in the dishwasher, otherwise you might get more sudsy action than you bargained for! 🙂





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New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

Are you hosting a New Year’s Eve party and looking for some fun New Year’s Eve games and activities to keep everyone going until the clock strikes twelve? Here are a few of our favorites!





Name Your Resolutions Game — Have everyone write down three resolutions (or just one if you have a large group). Place them all in a hat. Take turns reading them aloud and trying to guess whose resolution is whose. If you want, give a prize to the person who guesses correctly the most often.

Time Capsule — Ask your guests to each bring one thing that is symbolic of the year for a time capsule. Display these on a table at your party for everyone to see. Save the time capsule to open at next year’s party!

Take Some Photos — Taking photographs at your party is a great ice breaker and can also provide some fun memories of the event to either send your guests or to keep in an album. Depending on your budget, you could rent a photo booth, hire a photographer, set up a photo backdrop area with a camera for guests to visit during the party, or place disposable cameras on the tables for people to use throughout the celebration.

A Year of Trivia — Go online and look up top headlines, top ten songs and movies, and other trivia from the past year. Have a contest to see who can identify the year’s highlights. Go to Time Magazine Top 10 of Everything for lots of top 10 2016 lists.

Music and Dancing — Music is an important part of any celebration, and since everyone is already dressed up, why not have some dancing! Consider hiring a DJ, or making a playlist prior to your party that you and your guests will enjoy. A themed playlist can be a hit as your guests try to figure out what ties the songs together. Here are some songs about time that can be the start of a great New Year’s Eve party playlist:

* Time is on My Side — The Rolling Stones
* Time in a Bottle — Jim Croce
* Too Much Time on my Hands — Styx
* Time — Hootie and the Blowfish
* Time (Clock of the Heart) — Boy George
* Time After Time — Cyndi Lauper
* Time Marches On – Tracy Lawrence
* The Time Warp — Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack
* Tik Tok — Ke$sha
* Another Auld Lang Syne — Dan Fogelberg
* New Year’s Day — U2

Sing Another Auld Lang Syne — If your group is musical, why not have everybody join in singing the traditional Auld Lang Syne? Here are the Auld Lang Syne lyrics:

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

CHORUS

And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give us a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

Watch the Times Square Ball Drop — One of the most traditional New Years Eve party ideas is to watch the ball drop in Times Square. Set up a television somewhere in your party area tuned in to the broadcast of this annual event. Be sure to have everyone say the countdown together!

New Years Eve Party Ideas for the Stroke of Midnight!

* Have a champagne toast
* Have a balloon drop
* Whoop it up with New Year’s Eve noisemakers
* Give someone a kiss
* Sing Auld Lang Syne
* Hand our party sparklers

10 Great Things to do on New Year’s Eve

 Are you looking for some fun ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve with friends and family?  Want to start your own New Year’s traditions? Here are 10 great things to do on New Years Eve!

10 Great ideas for New Years Eve

1. Revisit the Year — So many amazing things happen in the course of a year. Gather up some top ten lists and see how many news stories, movies, hit songs, and celebrity gossip stories you and your friends can remember.

2. Make Fondue — A fondue party is a super idea for New Year’s Eve. If you’re starting your celebration early you can begin with a cheese fondue, followed with a broth and fondue, and ending with a chocolate fondue extravaganza! Great for all ages and appetites.

3. Have a Movie Marathon — What were your favorite movies from the past year? Check out Netflix or movies on demand and snuggle in to revisit some of the greats from this year or classics from your childhood (popcorn and hot chocolate optional).make some noise on New Year's Eve

4. Make Some Noise — Kick off the new year right with all of the standard holiday cheer makers such as party horns, whistles, rattles, or good old pots and pans. A  noisy parade around the house, or around the block, is a good way to get that New Year’s energy flowing.

5. Play Board Games — Another fun way to get everyone connected and involved in your New Year’s Eve festivities is to bust out some favorite games. Pictionary, Taboo, Charades, and Mexican Train are all classic games that work well for a group.

6. Have a Wine Tasting — If you are hosting an over 21 group this New Year’s Eve, ask everyone to bring an inexpensive wine wrapped in tin foil. Then do a blind wine tasting where everyone writes their opinions of each mystery wine.  After sampling each variety, unwrap the bottles to see which came out as the favorites. This is a fun way to discover new wine favorites for the new year.





7. Make Some Resolutions — Take a moment to reflect on your goals for next year.  Write them down and put them in a safe place to keep as a reminder to yourself. At the end of the year you can then take a look at your list and see how far you came in achieving your goals.  Here is a printable resolutions sheet that can get you started.

Watch the ball drop in TIme Square8. Watch the Ball Drop — What would New Year’s Eve be without the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve celebration in New York City? Whether you watch the East Coast feed or stay awake for the West Coast celebration, this is a classic holiday tradition not to be missed.

9. Light It Up! — Sparklers and fireworks are another fun way to ring in the new year. Head outside to a safe place and light up the night!

10. Eat Some Beans — Ok, admittedly this one is a little strange, but it is a long held tradition, especially in the South, to eat some black eyed peas as your first food in the new year to bring luck and prosperity. It can’t hurt, right? Here is some information about this Southern New Year’s tradition.

However you choose to celebrate the start of the New Year, we wish you a safe, happy, and healthy holiday!

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