|All photos are from 2011.|
A few years ago, I began a Around the World New Year's Eve tradition. I made up bags of fun out of ordinary paper lunch bags with times on them for each hour starting with 3:00 and going until 9:00, or bedtime by 9:30 for my youngest boys. Each bag was also labeled with a city in which it turned midnight when we opened the bag so we could celebrate New Year's Eve around the globe. We looked for the city before we enjoyed the activity. If you would like to pick your own cities, you can find them here.
At 2:00, we found Tehran, Iran and began playing board games.
At 3:00, we found Moscow, Russia and made Sherbet Mocktails out of lemon-lime soda with sherbet, served in plastic champagne glasses to make them festive.
At 4:00, we found Bagdad, Iraq and opened the bag with noisemakers. Another option would be to make your own noisemakers craft.
At 6:00, we found Rome, Italy and ate an Italian dinner complete with antipasto, garlic bread, lasagna and salad. Another option would be to find Munich, Germany and make Marzipan pigs.
At 7:00, we found Madrid, Spain and ate 12 frozen grapes, which we threaded on skewers, dipped in grape juice and rolled in sugar before putting in the freezer. (I put the sparking juice in the fridge for later.)
At 9:00, we found Rio De Janeiro and the bag had Poppers in it.
In later years, as the little boys were allowed to stay up later and later, we added additional cities, bags and activities.
At 10:00, we found Sao Paulo, Brazil we turned off all the lights and put on the Glow in the Dark bracelets found in that bag.
At 11:00, we found Caracas, Venezuela, and drank and Sparkling Juice.
At 12:00, we brought in our New Year by popping balloons.
Happy New Year!