Party Ideas: Ring in the New Year

Sophisticated snacks and a big dose of sparkle and shine will keep the keiki up till midnight.

New Year's Eve party

Photo Finish! Cut fun accessories out of glittery cardstock and let the photo booth fun begin. photos: Karen DB Photography

Star Tiara

Star tiara

➸ Every child will shine in this DIY crown.


Felt star stickers in various sizes. We found ours at Ben Franklin’s
Silver glitter
White glue
Silver wire
Hot-glue gun
Silver ribbon
Paint brush


1. Paint six larger stars and 14 smaller stars with glue and cover in glitter.
2. Cut a 10-inch and a 12-inch piece of silver wire.
3. Place one end of each piece of wire at the lowest part of the headband and hot glue in place. Wrap silver ribbon over the wire and headband going up about two inches.
4. Now, wrap the ribbon only around the headband until you get to about two inches from the other end of the band. Hot glue the other side of the wire to that end, cover wire and the headband with ribbon and secure the end of the ribbon with hot glue.
5. Hot glue a large star to the center of the front wire, then attach a star to the back. Repeat with the rest.

Thank you to for the instructions. 

New Year's photos

Keiki Cocktails: Fill champagne flutes with milk or sparkling cider and top with a colorful cookie.


Disco Ball  

Disco ball

➸ Get kids into the swing of things with a sparkly, candy-filled pinata.


36-inch balloon, we found ours on
6 to 8 cups flour
1 roll of Holographic Bird Tape, also available on
Silver ribbon


1. Mix 2 cups of water and 2 cups of flour to make paper-mache paste. It should be a thick, gluelike substance; add more water if it is too thick.
2. Inflate the balloon and set it on an open box to keep it from rolling around.
3. Tear newspaper into long strips a few inches wide. Dip a strip into the paste and squeeze out the excess. Place the strip on the balloon and repeat until the entire balloon is covered.
4. Let dry completely. This may take several hours to a day.
5. Repeat two or three more times, mixing new paper mache each time. You know you are finished when the newspaper doesn’t dent when you push it.
6. Once the last layer is dry, deflate the balloon.
7. Cut a hole big enough for your hand in the bottom or side of the ball.
8. Poke a hole in the top. Insert the string and reach into the ball to pull it through. Tie the end to an anchor, we pried open a few large paper clips.
9. Cut long strips of the holographic ribbon and cut the bottom into fringe. Starting at the bottom of the ball, tape on a row.
10. Continue taping the fringe all the way to the top of the ball, spacing each row about a half-inch apart.
11. Wrap the string with silver ribbon and hang it.

Thank you to for the instructions. 

Ring in the New Year Bread

➸ Kids will cheer for fresh-baked bread when it comes with strawberry and cinnamon spreads.

2017 bread

Short on time? Buy refrigerated pizza or bread dough and let the kids roll it out.


1 package active yeast
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons oil
2 1/2  cups flour


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Dissolve yeast in warm water.
3. Stir in remaining ingredients. Use a mixer or beat well with a spoon or fork until the dough is sticky,
but doesn’t stick to your fingers. You may need to add more flour.
4. Let dough rest for 5 minutes.
5. Cut dough in thirds. Roll each section into long snakelike rolls, as evenly as possible.
6. Form the numbers on a silicon baking sheet or parchment paper. Use the first roll to form the 2, the second to make a 0 and split the remaining dough into two pieces to create the 1 and 7.
7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until it is browned to your liking.
8. Brush the bread with melted butter or olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

Thanks to for the easy pizza dough recipe.

Strawberry Butter

➸ Mix together

1/2  cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/8  cup confectioners’ sugar
1/8  teaspoon salt

Then add 1/4 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped.

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Honey Butter

➸ Mix together

1/2  cup salted butter
1/4  cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey

Thanks to and

There is a lot more fun for families this holiday season. Watch for more crafts, recipes and a full round up of holiday events and parades in our Holiday Corner.

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