Let's share - do you stay home with the kids or do you get a babysitter for a special night on the town?
Before we had Little Man, we'd go out for a late dinner at our favorite restaurant. Since we've had him, we stay home. This year we're making steaks for dinner for a splurge, and opening a bottle of wine we've been saving for a few years for a special occasion. We'll probably watch a movie after Little Man goes to bed. We'll see if we actually stay awake until midnight...
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I've never been a party person, so the majority of my New Years have been spent at home, cozied up with good food. (Even before kids).
We make some goodies (mostly finger foods) and just have fun together. Last year we had a friend over, which was fun. This year it will probably be just us, which is lovely too.
Midnight is too late for the little ones, and often for me too! Sometimes we all pass out well before the ball drops, and sometimes (like last year) we make it.
Nothing. No plans.
It's no big deal though. I was never really a "New Year's Eve" person. As a kid on New Year's Eve, my mom would leave us at our dad's house so she could go out and have fun. We would ring in the new year watching "Croc Rock" on Discovery Channel lol!
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~Captain Hammer (j/k, it was Plato)
I make a fun meal (usually a bunch of appetizers) and we all watch the ball drop in New York at 9pm our time, then DH and DD go to bed and DS and I play board games and then watch the latest Harry Potter. (We have a tradition where he gets a new HP book & DVD each year on his birthday in October -- we read the book first, then save the movie to watch during NYE. We're up to #4.) Then we watch the ball drop again at midnight our time, then to to bed.
This year, however, we've been invited to a family celebration with some friends, for dinner and games. It'll be fun, but I'm a little sad to miss out on the special night with DS. Maybe he and I will stay up late one night this weekend just for the heck of it.
Next year, DD will be 6 (the age DS was when I started this tradition with him,) so she'll be invited to join in, although we'll have to switch some things up because she won't be watching Harry Potter 5 at that age. And the sibling dynamic will be there, so things won't be as easy for me as they are when I just have one of my kids with me. Hmm, maybe DH will have to start staying up with us next year!
I must admit it never occurred to me to do a special dinner or anything. I'm sure we will all have been asleep for hours so unless DD2 wakes up for a feed l'll probably be asleep.
Mother of two spectacular girls, born mid-2010 and late 2012
I always stay home on NYE - always have. I stay up to midnight, and usualy toast in the New Year with a bit of champagne, but it's very low key. (I've only ever attended one New Year's party, and that's because I was living in a house with my ex, sister and ex-BIL, and everyoned wanted a party. I went along with it, but it's really not my scene, and some drunken oaf almost drowned me by pouring champagne over my head, in my own house.)
This year, our plans are flexible. If dd1 manages to stay up until midnight (she wants to), we'll do our usual midnight toast, while we watch the ball drop in New York. DD1 will get sparkling cider this year, I think. If she falls asleep, dh and I have decided to celebrate privately, in our room.
Lisa, lucky mama of Kelly (3/93) , Emma (5/03) , Evan (7/05) , & Jenna (6/09)
Loving my amazing dh, James & forever missing Aaron Ambrose (11/07)