Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Years Eve

We had our New Years Eve party at my parents house like we have for quite a few years now. We have a couple traditions that are a lot of fun for all of us. When everyone arrives there is a Victorian gift game for the kids that my mom does every year. She has a colored piece of yarn for each child strung through a room with small gifts attached to the yarn. As they follow the yarn they find their gifts. Then we all eat lot's of yummy finger foods and punch. This year we had cheese, crackers, mini egg rolls, pigs in a blanket, layered taco dip and chips, meatballs, veggies and dip, mozzerella cheese sticks, mini eclairs, and chocolate cheesecake.After we all eat we have a crazy $5 gift exchange. Everyone has fun choosing and stealing gifts. Some of the gifts this year included a cowboy hat, mini nutcrackers, socks, a jump rope, chocolate candy, bubbles, star wars playing cards, and bean dip.:) It's always very fun and entertaining ! We are actually kind of boring around here. Everyone goes home around 8pm and we all try to stay awake at our own homes to watch the ball drop.Grandma went outside with the kids at 8 and they all threw confetti and yelled Happy New year before they went home. I actually went to bed around 11. Gabriel and Paige stayed up till midnight though. I did hear some fireworks in the neighborhood at midnight. Here are some pictures of our party. Tomorrow morning we leave for Branson. I'll take lot's of pictures ! Happy New Year to you all !




















14 comments:

Janene said...

Janae~That sounds like a wonderful time! And the pictures prove it to be so!
I love finger food parties...but I tend to eat more that way!
Have a wonderful 2009!

Cassie said...

That sounds like a wonderful New Years tradition! The food looks great!!! I love food that you go back and pick at all night!!!

My*Prim*Cottage said...

That sounds like a fun party! I love the colors of yarn, gift idea! Tradition is so important and your family has some great ones! ~Beth~

Carrie said...

Janae, It sounds (and looks) like you all had a wonderful New Years Eve party!! The food all looked delicous!!

Small world isn't it!?!?! I actually live in Belleville, Il. We too were a military family. But we are the opposite from you. We are actually from this area, moved away for many years and recently moved back after my husband got out of the Marine Corp.

I hope you have great time in Branson!! I showed my husband the link to Big Cedar this morning, and he agrees that this is the place for our upcoming vacation.

It totally reminds me of the resort from the movie 'Dirty Dancing'. Thanks again!!

Lauren said...

Looks like a great time was had by all! I hope that your 2009 is full of many blessings, happiness, and fun!

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

what a great time you all had, no wonder you didn't last till midnight...we had a quiet one..hardly any fireworks last night..which was fine by us as you can't sleep through them and it scares the kittys...how far away is branson...vacation or business? have a wonderful time..:)

Kindra said...

Great spread! YUM! Happy New Year to you and your family!

Char said...

Wishin you a wonderful new year!

basketsnprims said...

Wow, it sure looks like everyone had fun. I love finger foods, so much easier. Have fun on your trip and a wonderful 2009.

Pam

ohiofarmgirl said...

Janae, Looks like a wonderful time. What a great way to spend new years eve. Dianntha

Karen said...

Janae this is the funnest New Years Eve!!!! (I know that's not a word, but it worked here - LOL)
Everyone looks like they had a wonderful time.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Karen

Kim Mailliard of Prim's by Kim said...

I guess my invitation was lost to the party, but I am soooo happy everyone had a great time without me =) What a great group of peeps!! Kim

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

Oh what fun and memories you made! I'm thinking I need to spruce up our celebration next year.

Hoping that 2009 is filled with all the happiness it can hold,
Lea

Dev said...

So how was Branson? Did you get to see a lot of the Branson shows?

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