New Year's Eve Party With Friends

 

Holiday Decorations 

Here are some ideas for New Year's party decorations that you may like to try:

Light up your house with strings of colored or tiny white lights. String lots of small, white Christmas tree lights around the room.
Hang a large cardboard horseshoe on the door. Horseshoes mean good luck, but they must be hung the right way (ie like a cup) or the luck will fall out.
The more streamers and ribbons decorating the room, the more festive it will look and feel.

Make colorful paper chains and string them around the room.

Have bowls of colorful flowers on the table.

Use bright table napkins and/or place mats.

 

Have bunches of black, white and silver balloons.

Fill balloons with confetti (use a funnel) and pop these at midnight for some extra celebrating.

Write out 'fortunes' on small slips of paper and put one into each balloon. For example, you could write things like "You will make a lot of money this year", "You will find true love this year" etc.

Make a piƱata (a large Mexican hollow papier mache ball filled with candy and small toys) to use as a party game. See www. google.com for directions on how to make one.
Make a large copy of Auld Lang Syne (see below) and stick it on the wall so people will be able to sing all the words when midnight comes.
If you're celebrating Chinese New Year, have abundant displays of flowers in the house. Flowers are believed to symbolize wealth and good career prospects, and live blooming plants symbolize rebirth and new growth. The Chinese also have good wishes, written as couplets on red paper, stuck on the wall. You may also like to have red balloons and red streamers.

Auld Lang Syne

The traditional song for ringing in the New Year in almost every English speaking country in the world is Auld Lang Syne.  This song is generally credited to Robert Burns, but earlier versions of this ballad precede his time. Burns combined a common Scottish folk song with his own lyrics to arrive at the version commonly sung on New Year's Eve. The song reminisces about friendship of long ago.

When the clock strikes midnite on New Year's Eve, gather everyone together at your party or celebration to sing the New Years Song and remember the good memories of family and friends.

Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And auld lang syne?

Chorus:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pu'd the gowans fine,
But we've wander'd mony a weary fit
Sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl't in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin auld lang syne.

And there's a hand, my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o' thine,
And we'll tak a right guid willie-waught
For auld lang syne!

And surely ye'll be your pint' stowp,
And surely I'll be mine,
And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne! 

Translation:

Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And days of long ago !

Chorus:
For old long ago, my dear
For old long ago,
We will take a cup of kindness yet
For old long ago.

We two have run about the hillsides
And pulled the daisies fine,
But we have wandered many a weary foot
For old long ago.

We two have paddled (waded) in the stream
From noon until dinner time,
But seas between us broad have roared
Since old long ago.

And there is a hand, my trusty friend,
And give us a hand of yours,
And we will take a goodwill draught (of ale)
For old long ago!

And surely you will pay for your pint,
And surely I will pay for mine!
And we will take a cup of kindness yet
For old long ago!

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