An All-Time New Year’s Eve Party

Happy 2013! I know I am a little late here, but the holidays have been crazy, and I haven’t had much time to write. Anyway, at the last minute, we decided to host a family party for New Year’s Eve, so I went to Pinterest to look for some entertaining ideas. There were quite a few, and I decided to go with these:

Clock cookies

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Photo courtesy of Annies-Eats.com

Clock decorations

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Photo courtesy of Fiskars.com

and Fortune Tellers.

This was an invitation that someone pinned from Etsy. I tried to find the original source to no avail.

This was an invitation that someone pinned from Etsy. I tried to find the original source to no avail.

First I started with the cookies. I used a basic roll-out cookie recipe from Wilton, which I cut into circle shapes.

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Next, I used a small icing bottle to make white circles on the cookies. I used a basic poured cookie icing recipe for this:

2 TBS milk

1 TBS corn syrup

2 cups of confectioners sugar (add more or less to achieve thicker consistency)

Whisk together.

The icing then dried overnight.

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Then I used a prepackaged black icing from Wilton to decorate the clocks.

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Next, I made the paper clocks to hang in our front hall. On the Fiskars site, there are instructions about how to cut and make your own accordion circles, but when I went to the craft store to buy the paper, I found these by Martha Stewart:

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Once I had put the circle together,  I used Sharpies to color clock hands which were made from craft sticks,

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and then I attached numbers to the clocks along with the hands, which were decorated with various jewels and glitter that we had around the house.

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The clocks were hung in the front hall from the ceiling using thin lanyard and 3M poster strips.

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For the fortune tellers, I continued with the clock theme, using scrapbook paper that I found at the craft store.

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The paper was folded to make the basic fortune teller,

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and then I used stickers to decorate the outside, and a label maker to write the “fortunes”.

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I made several of these and placed them around the house for people to just pick up and play with. Overall, everyone had a good time, and it was a fun way to ring in the new year.

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