You haven’t seen midnight since sleep training. And with 6 a.m. wake-up calls, you don’t expect to see it again anytime soon.
But the family can still ring in the New Year and get a good night’s rest with festive Noon Year’s Eve celebration ideas from local party-planning pros Kelly Harris and Paige Appel of Bash, Please.
Set the Scene
Turn down the lights, close the curtains, and transform the room with lots of candles, silver and gold fringe streamers, pinatas, and plenty of confetti. Tip: Fill your hurricane or votive holders with silver and gold glitter before setting in your candles.
Shake Your Thang
Hang a disco ball (obviously) to turn your living room into a dance party. When sending out invites, ask folks to email you their favorite kids’ tunes, so you can prepare a playlist.
Keep it simple. Serve sparkling apple juice for toasts and dust cupcakes with sparkly sprinkles.
When the bash is over, hand out disposable cameras so kids can take photos throughout the year. Ask parents to bring back the images for next year’s party (it’s never too early to start planning) to craft memory books of the previous year’s photos.
Add one final layer of fun with fortune balls. Choose trinkets that delight kids and write a fortune to go with each. For example, package a large seashell with a message that reads, “May your year be filled with many trips to the beach.” Then wrap (and wrap and wrap) the gifts in crepe streamers.
Need more help? Bash, Please has launched a kids’ event division online at bashplease.com.
L.A. County Holiday Celebration
What: More than twenty choirs, music ensembles, and dance companies celebrate the season during the free three-hour extravaganza.
Why: The best Christmas carol.
When: Sat., 3-6 p.m.
Where: Dorothy Chandler Music Pavilion, Grand Hall, 135 N. Grand Ave., b/t Temple & First Sts., Downtown (213-972-8000). Admission is free.
Ho, Ho, Hoppin’ Santa
What: Soar over the ocean on the world-famous ride with Mr. Claus.
Why: Santa Monica is his home away from home.
When: Thru Dec. 25. Mon.-Fri., noon-9 p.m.; Sat., noon-midnight; Sun., noon-11 p.m.
Where: Pacific Park, 380 Santa Monica Pier, at Ocean Ave. (310-260-8744). Adults and children, $3 per ride.
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