Dec 30, 201004:50 PMChina Mom
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.