On December 31 we had our second NOON Years Eve party. We did this event last year and it was so packed I didn’t even have time to take pictures! Luckily, this year was just as successful AND we got some great pictures of it! The Albany Herald even came out and did a lovely story (with awesome pictures!), which you can read here.
This is an idea that came over the PUBYAC listserv sometime in 2012, and I thought it was completely awesome. I mean, who wants to keep their kids up late to celebrate new years and deal with crankiness the next day?
So, our party started at 11:00 a.m. and went until 12:30 p.m. We had punch, multicolored Goldfish crackers, and two kinds of cookies.
Throughout the party, we had a countdown projected onto the wall so that we’d know when to count down to NOON Years. I used a website like this one to create my own countdown. At 12:00 noon, we released the balloons while Auld Lang Syne played in the background. It might sound silly, but watching that countdown and balloon release was so moving–I just love helping families find ways to celebrate and have fun together. You can see a video of the balloon release on our Facebook page.
Thank you to the volunteers who helped with this event, as well as the families who came out to celebrate with us!