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Dec312011

new years eve kit

I always have big plans for christmas deliveries.. something nice to take around as a family to all our friends and neighbors. So many of our friends have great traditions they make each year. My friend Gwen bakes delicious Challah braids. Our old friend Valerie has mastered homemade caramels. My mom and dad make wonderful candied pecans. We haven't quite figured out one thing we want to make each year.

JR sometimes reminds me of the year I decided to make gingerbread cookie families for about twenty of our nearest and dearest (a big gingerbread dad and mom and small gingerbread children to represent each member of the family we were delivering it to). I was about 8 months pregnant at the time and spent about three days working on my gingerbread dough, rolling out the cookies, cutting and baking and then painstakingly decorating each gingerbread person, and packing them into boxes. It was a little crazy and added much to the holiday stress at our house.

Since then I have tried to think of things we can give that are thoughtful, but maybe don't demand quite as much time and effort as those gingerbread cookies did. This year we made New Years Eve Kits. Most of our friends have small children and won't be out partying too hard. We know most of them will be home watching movies and playing games and trying to make the night feel festive (while still tucking their kids in by 10!).

We bought a few 4-packs of sparkling apple cider, then hit the local party store for noisemakers, balloons, blowers, poppers and some sparkly confetti. We packed everything up in a clear party bag and delivered it with a bottle of Martinelli's.

Happy New Year!

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Reader Comments (15)

Brilliant idea, Brooke. Happy New Year!

12.31.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLecia

What a great and fun idea! Might have to do that next year.

12.31.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRandi

That is a darling idea! I am noticing how I rely on certain favorite treats to be delivered. When one friend tried something different this year instead of her yummy white chocolate cereal mix, I was so bummed! This is a really cute idea and something your friends and family will love.

12.31.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissaP

That is a wonderful gift idea! How very thoughtful :)

01.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGaby

one question: which font did you use??? I really like it!

01.2.2012 | Unregistered Commenterangela

This is pefection - putting it on my list for next year!

01.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel

I just adore how you make all aspects of life for those around you just a little more special. Xx

01.6.2012 | Unregistered Commenterbelinda

I love this idea Brooke! So fun!

01.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

this was a brilliant idea. very good!

01.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCristina

I also love this idea!

It sorta ties in perfectly with my new love of the New Year's card/letter. Gives me the extra week I sometimes need to get the darn cards out of the haus!

01.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHilltop Hausfrau

What a great idea!

01.29.2012 | Unregistered Commentermichelle

I love it! Growing up, my parents often did the same thing for neighbor gifts. It's so fun to have bubbly and streamers at midnight.

04.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBecki

une bonne idée !... je ne regrette qu'une chose : que les étiquettes ne soient pas proposées en téléchargement (je sais faire, mais je me suis aperçue que beaucoup de gens ne le savent pas) merci pour le partage de cette idée !... je cherche des freebies sur le web, mais je recherche aussi des créations "faciles" : mon but est de permettre aux gens qui n'ont pas beaucoup d'argent, ou qui débutent le bricolage, de créer des choses simples, ne demandant pas d'outils "exceptionnels" ni trop de matériel... lorsque je trouve des choses qui me plaisent, je partage mes "bonnes adresses" : la vôtre y sera !... http://pinterest.com/lemondedis/ (j'ai déjà plus de 12000 liens vers des téléchargements gratuits et quelques autres milliers vers des projets de création !)

02.26.2013 | Unregistered Commenterlemondedis

What a cool idea happy new year everyone

12.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKendyll

I like the New Year's Eve kit.

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