With the end of the year closing in fast, it’s time to think about New Year’s Eve family traditions and activities. It’s time to celebrate, people!
I’ll be honest, we are homebodies, and aside from an early dinner, we stay in on New Year’s Eve. While we may stay home and keep it simple, I do like to find ways to celebrate with my family. Now that my kids are getting older, I’m wishing I would have started more traditions when they were younger. That whole the days are long but the years are short thing, it’s SO true. But it’s never too late to start a tradition, right?
When the folks at Balloon Time asked me if I would like to share how we are celebrating New Year’s Eve, I was excited to say to take part. We always celebrate with balloons. I can’t think of any other item that easily adds so much fun and whimsy to any event or moment. Thank you to Balloon Time for sponsoring this post.
One tradition I have managed to start and stick with is decorating for our birthdays. When my daughters have a birthday, they wake up and come out of their rooms to find balloons. Even when we’ve traveled on birthdays, I’ve made sure we have balloons. Balloons are such a quick and easy way to create a festive atmosphere. They can turn ordinary moments into special memories.
At first I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do to celebrate New Year’s Eve, but I knew I wanted to work two things into my balloons. I wanted to have the year and the word “happy” included. 2017 is kind of a given, but the happy, while it works for “Happy New Year”, it also happens to be the word I want to focus on this year. Happy. Last year’s word was “slow” (as in slow down, life moves pretty fast) and though out the year I would remind myself of that word, slow. When things got hectic and crazy, I thought to myself… “slow”. This year I want to do the same with happy. We can all use more happy, right?
So I turned to the Balloon Time website for some ideas. Wow, it’s like a happy, fun-filled idea playground! So many adorable ideas, and quite a few from one of my favorite bloggers, Kelly Mindell of Studio DIY. I’m not going to lie, I wanted to make alllllll the ideas, but narrowed it down to a fun New Year’s Eve color scheme that Kelly had once used. Pink, black, gold and white it was!
I’m kind of a sucker for fonts and typography, so I wanted “happy” and “2017” written on the balloons. While there are many awesome hand lettering ideas on the Balloon Time site, I opted for some vinyl stickers, and they worked wonderfully. It’s kind of crazy how awesome a plain, white balloon looks when you add some letters or numbers!
I used outdoor vinyl letter and number stickers, made for things like mailboxes. They are big, certain ones can be repositioned and they are actually less expensive than many of the traditional stickers I looked at. And oh my word, I LOVE how they turned out!
New Year’s Eve Family Traditions
This was seriously easy! All you need is…
- A Balloon Time Helium Tank
- Balloons & Ribbon (I used white and gold mylars, black, white and pink latex balloons)
- Letter and number stickers (I used vinyl outdoor letters)
- Optional decor for the area if desired
It’s so easy to have the Balloon Time helium tank at home and fill up your balloons right when you need them. I’ve fought with a bouquet of balloons or two while trying to get them out of a store and into my car before. Let’s just put it this way, the balloons won those battles. Having my own helium tank is much easier. And my little one thinks it’s pretty awesome to watch the balloons inflate.
Fill your balloons and add your stickers once they are inflated. Then you’ve got a fun way to celebrate the new year, and it’s pretty cool for taking pics of the kids (and always knowing exactly when you took those pics!). We like to decorate our staircase, you see it when you walk in the house and when you go up or down the stairs. It also greets any guests as soon as they enter our home.
And because I never quite get that Christmas tree down before New Year’s Day, I figured I would work it in. Some pink, gold, white and black garland did the trick. I think all Christmas trees should have party hats!
And who can resist the great big number balloons? Since we moved into our home last year we’ve tied number balloons at the base of the stairs for each birthday. Probably more fun for my kids than my husband! 😉 Between the balloon bouquets and the number balloons, you not only have some fun decorations, but you have a perfect photo backdrop!
Seriously, go get some balloons and have some fun. With the Balloon Time Helium Tank you can create the magic anytime and anywhere. Visit BalloonTime.com and check out even more tips, tricks and DIYs. You can also find out where you can pick up your own Balloon Time helium tank.
I hope that this idea can help you celebrate something special! And don’t limit this to New Year’s Eve family traditions, pull this out for birthdays, other holidays and random days when you need a little whimsy in your world. Have a safe and happy New Year!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Balloon Time. The opinions and text are all mine.