OC Fair New Year’s Eve Block Party!

if you don’t already have plans this New Year’s Eve, you do now! what would be more fun than a demolition derby, 50+ gourmet food trucks (remember the food trucks i posted about? yes, those ones!), live music entertainment from the 60’s to the millenium, comedy hypnotist, karaoke and carnival rides? well for me….you had me at demolition derby. my boys are all about smashing cars and trucks. and it sure beats my usual routine of falling asleep before New Year’s and just getting woke-up off the couch to go to bed. (lame, i know)

so where can you find all this great stuff? the OC Fair New Year’s Eve Block Party!!!!!!! and it’s fun for the whole family…..or get a babysitter and enjoy the night with your sweetie or friends. wanna go? here are the details:
date & time
friday, december 31st, 2010
7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
for tickets and additional information, click here.
here’s what you could enjoy:
Gourmet Food Truck Yumminess
a fusion of cuisine from kitchens around the world will be available as gourmet food trucks from all over the Southland roll in.
live music
1960s Stage Hosted by Brian Beirne
7:15 p.m. – Surfin’ Safari (The Beach Boys)
9:00 p.m. – Magical Mystery Tour (The Beatles)
11:00 p.m. – Jumping Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones)
*12:15 a.m. – Jumping Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones)
1970s Stage Hosted by Special Guest Joe Benson
7:45 p.m. – “Led Zeppelin Live” Starring Heartbreaker (Led Zeppelin)
9:30 p.m. – Dog N Butterfly (Heart)
11:30 p.m. – Journey Unauthorized (Journey)
1980s Stage Hosted by Richard Blade
7: 30 p.m. – Dead Man’s Party (Oingo Boingo)
9:15 p.m. – Blasphemous Rumours (Depeche Mode)
11:15 p.m. – Sweet & Tender Hooligans (Morrissey/ TheSmiths)
*12:15 a.m. – Sweet & Tender Hooligans (Morrissey/ TheSmiths)
1990s Stage Hosted by Special Guest Rita Wilde
8:00 p.m. – Vitalogy (Pearl Jam)
9:45 p.m. – Stepping Feet (Dave Matthews Band)
12:15 a.m. – The Joshua Tree (U2)
Millennium Club
7:00 p.m. – Alternating DJ Timmins & DJ Nelson
*12:15 a.m. – Alternating DJ Timmins & DJ Nelson
demolition derby
Action Sports Arena
8:00 p.m. – “Run What You Brung” & “New Year’s Eve Bash” Taxi Cab Demo Derby
Comedy Hypnotist
7:45 p.m., 9:15 p.m. & 10:45 p.m. – Mark Yuzuik
Baja Blues
7:00 p.m. & 12:15 a.m. – Karaoke

New Year’s Eve Crafts

gotta keep this post quick because there is a lot to do today. mostly cleaning, and hopefully some cooking, crafts with the kiddies and a visit to the grandparents. but i just wanted to wish you all a safe and Happy New Year’s Eve!

click here for some fun crafts for the kiddies to celebrate with tonight. glitzy glasses, noisemaker shakers, first night hats and lucky goldfish.

grapes at midnight.

while you’re toasting to the New Year, let kids celebrate with a Spanish custom: eating 12 grapes at midnight for good luck all year long. fill a champagne flute for every child older than 3 with a dozen grapes; they can eat one for every chime as the clock strikes midnight.

Kiddie Mocktails.

if you want to celebrate the New Year in style, you have to have fun food. i live for appetizers, i am a chips and dip junkie. and you can not forget festive drinks. i for one have to have my sparkling apple cider. and this year, instead of soda for the kids, i thought it would be fun to make these kiddie mocktails. not just for the kiddies, but for me too!

triple red Shirley Temple

1 oz. grenadine syrup
6 oz. cranberry juice
4 oz. cranberry ginger ale
1 paper umbrella
3 maraschino cherries
Orange slice
Ice (optional)

mix the syrup, cranberry juice and ginger ale in a tall glass. open the umbrella and slide the three cherries onto the handle. balance the umbrella on the glass rim in front of the orange slice.

New Year’s sunrise

4 oz. seltzer
6 oz. orange juice
1/2 oz. grenadine syrup
1 orange slice
1 lemon slice
1 maraschino cherry
Plastic toothpick

in a tall glass, mix the seltzer and orange juice. slowly pour the grenadine into the center of the glass, allowing the syrup to settle on the bottom (thanks to its greater density). garnish with the orange, lemon and cherry, stacked and skewered with the toothpick.

starry, starry night

4 oz. papaya juice
2 oz. pineapple juice
4 oz. ginger ale
Lemon and lime peel
1 or 2 slices of star fruit
Ice (optional)

in a tall glass, mix the papaya and pineapple juices and the ginger ale. for the garnish, use a small, star-shaped cookie cutter to cut star shapes from the lemon and lime peels. Slide the slices of star fruit onto the glass rim.

New Year’s Eve Parties!

most of my New Year’s Eve’s are spent on the couch with my hubby watching t.v. and i don’t remember the last time i actually stayed up till midnight. i know, i am totally a party pooper. but sleep for me is a luxury. so it is actually a treat to go to bed early.

this year, i am not sure what we will be doing. but i did come across some fun ideas. some of them are a bit pricey, but if you have the money to splurge, they could be awesome experiences for the family.
New Year’s Eve Family Sleepover at the Aquarium
Kid’s New Year’s Eve at Legoland
Knott’s Rock On! Ride On! New Year’s Eve!
Rancho Santa Margarita New Year’s Eve Party free admission
Pretend City Noon Year’s Eve
Downtown Fullerton New Year’s Eve free admission
Discovery Science Center Noon Year’s Eve
Jungle Balls at the San Diego Zoo