New Years Eve Family Fun and Does Anyone Have a Shovel?

Hello from San Francisco airport! I am at the gate waiting for my plane to take off and am a bit nervous b/c I heard there has been a TON of snow in Chicago and I parked at the airport! !!!  I have a feeling my car will be buried & I’ll never be able to find it.  JRB and his dad were in SF too (hence the trip) but they flew back on an earlier flight and plan to take a cab (lucky them!!). We had a bit of a travel scare this AM because our rental car had a dead battery and we had to have it jumped in time to get the guys to the airport.   All in a days work!! I will be on WCIU You & ME This morning on Thursday AM so I am hoping my flight lands on time and my bag with my trusty make up makes it.  My segment is about super fun and easy activities you can do with your kids to get ready for the new year and spolier alert:  it includes FOOD!! Speaking of FUN…Sue Kirchner of  sent me a few super cute ideas for a festive and fun NYE. Sue is the CFO (Chief Fun Officer) of her family and runs a great on line toy store.  So on that note…Take it Away Sue!!  And be sure to check out our Spielberg inspired video at the end of this blog where Sue showcases some of the toys and games she sells through her store.

Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

Want to celebrate the New Year but you’d rather spend the time with your kids and skip the cost of a babysitter? Here are 3 simple, low-cost but very fun ideas on how to ring in the New Year at home with the kids.

Game Night: Get out those new board games you got for Christmas, find your old favorites in the closet or fire up the Wii for a little family competition. Definitely grab prizes like big boxes of movie theater candy, large chocolate bars, or my favorite, win coupons to get out of household chores. Click here for more ideas for planning a Family Game Night check out this link!

Capture the Year for Posterity: Why not spend the evening capturing your favorite moments of 2010 in a scrapbook? Print out some of the best photos of the year and everyone can work together to make a scrapbook of this year’s family fun. Gather those photos, postcards, and travel mementos. By involving the whole family in making the pages, the scrapbook will actually get done instead of having your photos sit in a box or on the computer for another year. While you are scrapbooking, you can talk about things you want to do or places you want to go as a family in 2011.

Dance Party: You don’t have to go to a club to hear the latest bands and dance on New Years. Turn the New Year’s countdowns on the TV and let the kids dance along to the featured bands. Or set up an area in the house as a dance floor and spin the tunes. Create a playlist of the top dance hits of 2010 or the past decade and groove those holiday feeding-frenzy calories away. If you have a karaoke machine or the Rock Band video game, you can add even more fun.

I hope one of these ideas inspired you to plan a Family Friendly New Year’s Party! For even more ideas, check out ChocolateCakeMoments.com.  About Sue: Sue Kirchner is the founder of The Chocolate Cake Club, an e-boutique, and the Chocolate Cake Moments blog, both designed to inspire and help busy families have more fun so they can have more “chocolate cake moments”—when they are smiling, relaxed and enjoying their family time. When Sue’s not working, she is CFO (chief fun officer) for her family.

And now, get out the popcorn b/c here’s the video