We love New Year's Eve, but like to keep many of our family celebrations low key. My favorite was last year when we were visiting my parents. Elly requested to hang up a sign, so they hung up "Happy Retirement," a left over from my uncles celebration. Gone is the last year - new things to come! Just looking back at the photos make me smile! Everyone laughed so hard during the decorating and we still say, "Happy Retirement," instead of Happy New Year as a family joke! Sometimes it is the simple celebrations that end up being the most meaningful! With all the adorable projects on the Internet, sometimes it is hard to remember that our kids just need us to enjoy the moment with them and not to stress about the little details.
In the past, we have made brownies and frosted a clock with the hands at midnight. 12 cupcakes in a circle would be cute too! I've also made our bread sticks into the shape of numbers in the new year. I try to just make do with what we have!