As I mentioned, we have some awesome friends. One in particular utilizes her creativity to bring out the best in all of us, ensuring high quality interaction during the limited time we have together as our lives have scattered us across the States...and the world. Below are some of the great ideas I gleaned from her last night that made it one of the best parties ever!
Great Ideas For Your New Year's Eve Party:
- Have everyone write down predictions for the upcoming year, personal or otherwise, and save them together to read aloud at next year's party. We got to enjoy this treat from last years planning. It was fun to hear the variety of personal, political, relational, etc. predictions for the past year, and to reflect on how they turned out, for better or worse!
- Have a list of questions for everyone to draw from as brief, but quality, share topics. This was a great way to make sure we all had a chance to hear quality news from each other at a large gathering, with limited time. We each drew 2 questions printed on strips of paper from a hat, and went around the room answering them. Trading was allowed, if you didn't prefer the first drawn question. My questions/topics to discuss were, "Best New Friend Made," and "Funniest Memory." Simple questions like these elicited wonderful insight into each other's lives. Other examples of questions included: best book you read (movie, etc.) in the last year; what will you remember most about 2012; favorite hobby/past time this year; goal reached; lesson learned; etc. I always leave these parties feeling like there was at least someone I missed touching base with...this allowed us quality share time, in efficient fashion...it was fabulous, fun, and I am so thankful for it.
- One focus word to describe the upcoming year (2013). This was more of a challenge than something we discussed. I'm still deliberating on what my word will be for what this future year may hold...fortunately I have a couple buffer days to think before the ball drops!
On that note...I think I just found my word for 2013...THANKFUL.