New Year’s Eve Bash…from $5 Family Fun

New Year’s Eve party for you and the kids for $5?  Yes!  Here are some fun and festive ideas to ring in 2014.

Since the real celebration happens after the kids go to bed, celebrate with the kids at noon.  That way they get to count down to 12:00, it’s just p.m. instead of a.m.

Here’s how I spent my five dollars.  I got all five items for $1 each at the dollar store:

  • Crème Filled Chocolate Cookies
  • White Icing
  • Construction Paper
  • Balloons
  • Party Noise Makers

Countdown Clock Cookies

Crème Filled Clock Cookies

Pull out 12 cookies from the package for your clock.  Then fill a baggie with the white icing to act as a pastry bag.  Clip of a very small amount from one of the bottom corners of the baggie and write numbers 1 through 12 in icing on the top of each cookie.

Next, find a round plate or serving tray.  If your serving tray had a print or theme like mine did (it had a Christmas theme), then cover it with aluminum foil.  Place the cookies around the tray in the correct clock positions and then use the remaining icing to make the clock hands.

Party Supplies


Time to Celebrate

Blow up the balloons and using a marker you have around the house, write numbers 1 through 12 on the balloons.  Either have them covering the floor or do a balloon drop at noon using either a sheet or trash bag.

Use the construction paper to make confetti for everyone to toss at the end of the countdown.  I used a paper shredder but you can also use a hole punch if you have one.  Make sure everyone has a noise maker to blow at noon too.

Family Time Capsule

A fun activity that the whole family can participate in is making a time capsule.  Find an empty shoe box from the closet and cover on the outside with some of your construction paper.  Write something on the top such as “Spicer Family Time Capsule – December 31, 2013.  DO NOT open until December 31, 2023!”

Here are some suggestions on what you can fill your time capsule with:

  • Front page of newspaper to reflect the date
  • A picture of each family member from the past year or a group photo if you have one – I used our Christmas card
  • Have the kids draw a picture of their favorite memory from the past year
  • Party items from your New Year’s Eve celebration
  • Include a list of how things are in 2013 such as: current prices of commonly purchased items (a gallon of gas, loaf of bread and gallon of milk), who is the current president & vice president, what and who are popular TV shows, movies & stars, what your kids’ favorite toys are, what your kids want to be when they grow up, what is your kids’ favorite thing about the age they currently are, who is your kids’ best friend(s) name(s), who is your kids’ teacher, etc.

It will be such fun for both you and the kids to look back in five or ten years and see how your lives have changed.

Total Cost: $5

Happy 2014 from $5 Family Fun!!!


Family Game Night…from $5 Family Fun

Family Game Night – $5  

I absolutely love that new TV show Hollywood Game Night and thought what a fun idea to entertain the family during holiday break.  Here are some entertaining and affordable ideas for a Family Game Night…$5 Family Fun-style.   

Games – $1

Buy a deck of cards from the dollar store for $1.  There are several games you can play but an easy one for young kids to play is Go Fish!  If you’re unfamiliar with the rules (of if you need a refresher), here is a link to directions of how to play: 

Two other great game options are Charades and Pictionary.  Since you’d be utilizing paper and pens already in the house, these would not cost a penny.  Here are basic rules for both: 

  • If only 3 people, have one charade actor/pictionary artist designated to act out or draw the words or phrases for both of the other players.  If at least two separate players of each team, rotate turns acting out or drawing.
  • You must not speak or make sounds when you are acting out your charade or drawing.
  • Agree upon a time limit, usually 5 seconds to study the word or phrase and then about one minute to act or draw.
  • Also agree on a time limit to guess the correct answers.
  • The team with the most correct wins the game.

Here are some links to Charade and Pictionary words and phrases:

Another game option would be to pick up board game from a yard sale for $1.


Grub – $4

All that competitive play can make your crew hungry.  Serve up some easy to make Domino Brownies.  You can also let the family share in on the fun of decorating them.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need (ingredient needs may vary but these are based on the brownie mix I purchased):

  • Brownie Mix from the dollar store – $1
  • 1 Egg – I purchased a ½ dozen of eggs at the grocery store for $0.99
  • Vegetable Oil from the dollar store – $1
  • White Icing from the dollar store – $1


Make the brownies according to package directions.  Once cooled, cut into rectangles.  Fill a zip top baggie you have in the kitchen with the white icing.  Close and them snip bit off of one of the bottom corners of the baggie.  Use this as your pastry bag to pipe out lines and dots to turn your brownie rectangles into delicious dominos.