New Year’s Eve is all about family togetherness and FUN! Celebrating the year gone by, but most importantly, looking ahead to what’s to come. For kids, New Year’s Eve is a night when parents typically bend the rules and let the kids stay up late to watch the ball drop.
But for young kids who can’t make it til midnight, parents can also just move the clock up a few hours so the little ones can do their very own countdown to 2013 at the strike of… nine.
The fun part of an at-home New Year’s Eve is that everyone gets to be casual and comfortable. Which lends itself perfectly to a New Year’s Eve pajama party! All of us here at Four Seasons Hotel Boston put our heads together to brainstorm about how to put on the best Do It Yourself family party for 12/31.
Here are my top tips to make the perfect PJ party:
*Set the table with something metallic: silver and white or gold and black. You can never go wrong with a shimmery silver table cloth! (Inspiration.)
*Centerpiece: Composites of White Amaryllis as the centerpiece, with candles placed in between. New Year’s Eve is all about shimmer.
Get the kids involved: they can drape a feather boa over each chair and adorn each place setting with a silly hat. Wait to break out the noisemakers though until it’s almost celebration time. Otherwise, by midnight the sound may no longer be a welcome thing when the time actually arrives.
Have everyone place their New Year’s resolution in a box, then read them aloud at dinner.
Unlike other holiday meals, New Year’s Eve is all about casual and informal food that everyone loves. Pick a theme—such as Italian, with pasta, marinated olives and bruschetta or homemade pizzas (here’s a tasty and healthy family pizza recipe)—and have some fun with it. The best part is getting the whole family involved. What we know from hosting events at Four Seasons Hotel Boston is to always have lots of appetizers; everyone loves small bites, and most especially when the main meal is served later in the evening. (Here’s one of our favorite recipes for Avocado Fries, under “Appetizers.”)
Save dessert for later in the night and get the kids in on it. This will keep them excited and engaged—and give them something to look forward to before the clock strikes midnight. This dessert (recipe below), Midnight Waffles from Brooke Vosika, Executive Chef Four Seasons Hotel Boston, is as easy as 1, 2, 3 to whip up.
Toast at midnight (or 9 pm) with champagne for the adults and sparkling cider or apple juice for the kids. Or make some kids’ special “mocktails” to ring in the New Year.
1 Duncan Hines cake mix
Fresh fruit of your choice
Toppings: chocolate shavings, sprinkles, candies that the kids choose
*Select a Duncan Hines cake mix with the flavor of your choice. Follow the preparation instructions (have the kids don aprons and join in the fun).
*Pour the cake batter onto your waffle maker, being careful not to fill it too full; set the timer.
*After a couple of minutes, your Midnight Waffles will be done! So much faster than baking a cake—it’s a near instant result.
*Arrange the waffles on a nice plate, then add fruit, a dollop of whipped cream and the toppings of your choice. For added fun, createa toppings bar for the children featuring whipped cream, fresh fruit, chocolate shavings and any other candies that the kids can top their waffles with.
The only thing left to do? Dig in! Happy 2013 and all the best!
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Director of Catering Jim Peters is a 16-year Four Seasons Hotel Boston veteran. Whether it’s a wedding, celebration or high-profile gala, Jim customizes every event to create a one-of-a-kind experience. He and his team “do our utmost to take each event to the next level.” Jim began his Four Seasons career as a Catering Sales Manager and quickly rose through the ranks. Prior to that, he worked at a Boston catering company. Outside of work, Jim enjoys gardening and traveling the world.
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