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Ringing in a new family tradition

Dec 30, 2010 - 04:50 PM
Ringing in a new family tradition


In our house, New Year's Eve and parenthood go together like champagne and chocolate milk. Two great things that really don't blend well. But it's okay! I figure I partied as a young singleton and even as a first married. Over the years, the mister and I have realized we're content to ring in the new year at home. We're exciting like that.

However, I didn't want to pass our lackluster entertaining skills on to our daughter. I wanted to make the holiday somewhat special and keep it on her level. So last year I put together a Kiddie Cocktail Party, just for the three of us. We had kid-friendly finger foods - little meatballs and pizzas, cheese and crackers, and of course grapes. She had a Shirley Temple while we enjoyed some champagne. It was a blast!

As we were getting ready for our little party, my daughter - who never misses an opportunity to dress up - decided she should put on her princess gown. It was a "fancy occasion" after all!

After getting her all dolled up in her Cinderella dress, she looked at me and asked, "What are you wearing mommy?" I looked down at my black turtleneck sweater and jeans and could tell that comfort was not in my future. Pretty soon, I too was in a sparkly evening gown, complete with tiara.

And once daddy came home, he was commanded to put on his tuxedo - which he did with pleasure, despite an acute case of pink-eye.

We ate in front of the television - a rare treat in our house - while watching the movie of her choice: "Tinkerbell." After the show, we put on her favorite tunes and danced the night away. Well...half of it, anyway. We rang in her new year at 9 p.m. and put her to bed. After that, we changed into comfy clothes and watched a movie.

I think it was the best New Year's Eve of my life.

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Sarah Roe discovered the art of couponing in 2005 when her son was diagnosed with life threatening food allergies and the rising cost of medications and food made it difficult to feed her own family. By 2007, Sarah began teaching coupon workshops in Tulsa, Oklahoma and founded Tulsa's Coupon Queen, LLC

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