We have done this enough years now that we don't even have to do too much planning ahead - which is nice as its not like there is a lot of free time just before NYE. We like watching a movie though and that does need to be planned. I purchased colored bags at WalMart that were 10 for $1. I printed the clock faces here. Each bag had a clue pinned to the bag and something in the bag that related to the activity.
1st clue: This was supposed to go with the game Silly Expressions which I couldn't find so I pulled out another game I'd bought at a consignment sale which we had never played. It was a hit!
People are silly and funny too!
Do you think they are sometimes blue?
Maybe they’re happy or perhaps mad
A game of expressions will make you glad!
2nd clue: In the bag were things to make noisemakers.
Let’s get ready for some noise.
This is for the girls and the boys.
We’ll also need signs to mark the date.
Take photos of families to start the slate.
Its time to be silly, time to run free
Open the bag and you will see!
All of them loved this and their only complaint was that I hadn't bought more cans of it. They were from the dollar store. We will definitely be doing that again next year!
We are eating something different this year.
Its still familiar, delicious and fun
Help us chop and cook and serve.
Everyone will be glad when we are done.
This was a change. We usually make pizzas and they each design their own with choices of many toppings. We decided to do tacos this year. It was not received well by some of mine. I think we'll have to switch back to pizza next year. This was just easier to do GF in large quantities.
While we were cooking, they played some games. Good thing since we ran out of time for some of the games later in the evening. This was Minute to Win It. Challenges to do things ... like building a card house.
5th clue: In the bag - papers with questions, pens and lollipops
What makes you special and unique?
Getting to know this is a treat.
We’ll look to the future and ponder the past,
Seeking to follow God each day of our path.
I love this part! Its fun to see what people will say and I think it makes a neat keepsake from year to year. After recording the answers, we take turns reading the answers for each question trying to figure out who wrote each answer.
th clue: In the bag - sprinkles and other decorating items.
God made you and you can’t beat that!
Glasses, freckles or a funny hat.
Our faces help others know who we are,
But our insides are what make us a star.
My sweet friend Rebecca made these homemade gingerbread men ... GLUTEN FREE! I'm so blessed to have such a thoughtful friend willing to do this!
And they tasted good too!
Cookies are fun to decorate and we saw a lot of creative expression!!!
th clue: In the bag - movie Narnia and popcorn
It’s time for adventure and maybe a giggle
Find a spot to sit and don’t wiggle
Does anyone need something to eat
You can have some popcorn while in your seat
We watch the movie on the "big screen" - a sheet hung on the wall with a projector playing the movie from our laptop. Its such a great movie. Even though we've seen it before, its fun to see it again!8th clue:
Let’s turn our hearts to God and lift up our prayer
He is here with us and out everywhere.
There are others who need Him and we play a part
We’ll pray for others and seek His heart.
Each person writes something that they want prayer for on the slip of paper. Each person draws one of the slips and go around the table praying for each other's requests.
It’s time to say good-bye to ‘11
Watching the ball drop is a fun time again
A hug, a prayer, a sweet drink for the toast
Happy New Year, it’s 2012!
We watch the ball drop, toast with Sprite (this way we can get diet - its still bubbly - and much better for a diabetic).
We also played some fun Charades using a word generator found at this site.