New Year’s Eve is one of our favorite holidays. It’s actually Nate’s favorite. We’ve typically hosted a party or on the few occasions we weren’t able to, cooked a fun dinner, lit a fire and toasted to the year.

When New Year’s was approaching this year, we knew a midnight party wasn’t going to happen. We didn’t even know if we were going to make it to midnight we were so tired. But then, an idea struck… As Florida transplants in Alabama, we always counted down twice. The first time when the ball drops in NYC, as good Eastern Time Zone kids do. So why couldn’t we countdown with anyone?

Welcome to a very baby new year! Tiny hats, easy food, and a countdown on Greenwich Mean Time.

As I said, tiny hats were required. I mean, look at Evelyn in a tiny new year hat. All the kids looked adorable and really made it fun. Of course, there was hats and crowns for the adults, but they were considerably less cute.

We had plenty of food for adults and babies. Easy to make veggie and fruit platters, with cheese, strawberries, tomatoes, and cucumbers cut for tiny hands. We also made Six Sisters Slow-Cooked Pot Roast Sliders we make this all the time for large parties. It’s delicious and inexpensive, and Evelyn loves shredded beef, so it was a no-brainer!

Around 5:45 p.m. Central Time we found a YouTube broadcast of the countdown and celebrations in London at 11:45 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time. We passed out champagne to all the adults, made sure the babies were donning their hats, and as they counted down so did we.


It was a great night, adults and babies had a blast, and we got to celebrate a favorite holiday with a fun, party.

(Yes, we sort of made it to midnight, but Nate had to take a nap and we went to sleep right after!)