Coming up with appetizers that the kids will all eat proved to be a bit of a challenge. Although my kids are pretty good eaters, they really aren't all that into trying shrimp or crab. While spinach artichoke dip is one of my favorites, the kids wouldn't even think of trying it. After scouring the internet for some good ideas, this is what we came up with:
|Open-Faced Cucumber Sandwiches|
|BBQ Mini Meatballs|
|Bacon-Crescent Wrapped Apple Cheddar Slices|
|Mini Pigs in a Blanket|
|Pesto Turkey-Bacon-Provolone Open-Faced Sandwiches|
|Family Friendly Bubbly|
After our appetizer dinner, we bundled up and headed out to the backyard where Ben prepared to set off some fireworks he picked up at the grocery store earlier in the day. While we eagerly waited in anticipation of the first explosion, Ben lit the fuse, stepped quickly out of the way, and we all watched as the fuse completely died out.
Ben tried again....and again....and still.....nothing. I suggested he read the instructions to which I was informed that there are really no instructions for fireworks...that they are in fact self-explanatory...you just light them and they explode.
Anyway, after a third failed attempt, Ben broke down and consulted the box for direction where he discovered every single firework was not really a firework at all, but instead a confetti blaster!
At that point, we headed back inside and confetti-blasted the heck out of the kitchen while simultaneously screaming "HAPPY NEW YEAR!" at the top of our lungs.
|Mini Fudge White-Chocolate-Chip Cookies|
|Chocolate Covered Peanuts and Leftover Christmas M&Ms|
After card games, we brought out the computer to watch various New Year's celebrations from around the world on You Tube. The kids were completely unimpressed by the New York Times Square ball drop (we had to watch the 2011 version) compared to the amazing firework displays in London, Sydney, and Taipei.
Instead of defending our American New Years' tradition, I kind of had to agree with them. In the rare event that I actually do stay up past midnight, it should be for something a heck of a lot better than Lady Gaga (dressed up as...seriously?! What was she dressed up as?! Was she supposed to resemble the ball or what? I totally didn't get it) and Mayor Bloomberg pressing some silly contraption that triggers a massive blinking crystal ball to drop on a lit sign that tells me it is officially 2012. Needless to say, I made it to midnight last night and was unimpressed. I think the fireworks our neighbors shot off at midnight were better than watching Lady Gaga and Mayor Bloomberg dancing together after the ball drop (seriously, that was bizarre).
Also, try explaining the practice of kissing at the stroke of midnight to your 4 and 6 year old....both thought the whole thing was completely ridiculous. When I asked Zach who he was going to kiss for the new year, he told me that he wasn't going to kiss anyone until he was an adult. Sounds good to me! No kissing for Zach until he's 18....I think that is definitely a rule we can live by!
At that point, Allie took over the camera to capture Ben and my New Year's 2012 kiss....approximately 4.5 hours prior to 2012.
I love the fresh start that comes with each January 1 and all the promise a new year holds, both the things anticipated and the many surprises life throws our way.
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!