Let the Countdown Begin Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Let the Countdown Begin event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.


A Let the Countdown Begin party signifies the coming of a milestone event, and is most commonly celebrated in the waning hours of New Years Eve; naturally, partygoers will want to mark this and other momentous ‘countdowns’ with a selection of vibrant party songs. Indeed music is one of the prime ingredients of this occasion.

The ultimate Let the Countdown Begin play list could include:

Auld Lang Syne by Kenny G
The Final Countdown by Europe
Celebration by Kool and the Gang
All Night Long by Lionel Ritchie
Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow by Paula Abdul
Rock’n’Roll All Night by Kiss
1999 by Prince
Memories by Elvis Presley
Dance the Night Away by Van Halen
Till the World Ends by Britney Spears These tunes are sure to get guests dancing and singing along. In addition to great music, guests will ‘count on’ having a lot of great party supplies at a Let the Countdown Begin party. A Times Square scene setter, complete with a rubber or paper mache facsimile of the famous Times Square ball, might work well, as would plastic watches or faux rubber time pieces guests could take home as party favors. Take guests to Times Square without leaving home. Party colors should be vibrant and glittery, and should include bright red, gold, silver and aqua blue. Save the soft and subdued hues for another occasion. Glittery banners, ribbons, and of course confetti would make grand finishing touches to any Let the Countdown Begin party.

Centerpieces can be artistic like hand painted flower holders or something more practical like candles to provide light. Stretch resources at a social function by using potted flowers as decorations and then giving them as door prizes. Invite everyone who’s interested in helping to create artful decorations by using plates, glue, glitter and more which can be sent home with the creators at the end of the night.

Let the Countdown Begin with a variety of homemade party supplies such as banners, flags and centerpieces. Celebrate in grand style this year, to the max! These homemade party supplies and party goods will make your celebration special. They will provide what is sure to be a personal touch. Whether it is a New Year’s Eve celebration, a bachelor party or another type of important event, you can Let the Countdown Begin with an assortment of handmade party supplies such as paper streamers, banners and signs. Find various and creative ways to ring in the new year.

In addition to traditional homemade party supplies, other party supplies should include glow sticks, tambourines and musical instruments. The brighter and louder the better at this event. Let the Countdown begin by having a wide variety of handmade party supplies created especially for your celebration, party or special event. When you let the countdown begin, handmade party supplies such as banners, streamers and homemade balloon bouquets are perfect for this celebration. Guests are sure to have a blast with those fun little accents. Homemade helium balloon bouquets are perfect to release when the clock strikes zero. Just imagine the lovely and dynammic display this will make.

Along with the homemade helium balloons, colorful paper streamers, handmade flags and an assortment of musical instruments will add to this celebration. Handmade party supplies such as confetti and rice, are great homemade additions for your celebration and can be tossed into the air after you have let the countdown begin. These party supplies along with other handmade party items will compare to no others as the countdown falls to zero.


A Let the Countdown Begin party cake will befit any celebration with a ‘countdown’ theme; and whether one is counting down the minutes to the New Year or the days toward a new life adventure, guests surely will have time to spare for this delightful theme cake. They will in fact expect a yummy cake at this event.

To celebrate the New Year’s Eve holiday, a host might present a Let the Countdown Begin party cake that resembles the crystal ball that descends on Times Square each year. Guests will be amazed at the splendor and creativity of this pastry. Using a round cake pan, she could prepare a basic vanilla cake topped with red, blue, green and white icing; reflecting the colors of the crystal ball. She could use multicolored food coloring or cake-topping candies or sprinkles to achieve the same effect, then cut the cakes in triangular slices that liken the distinct parts of the ball; she also could top different portions of the cake with strawberries, blueberries, and green and white grapes to achieve the same effect, or party supplies like miniature timepieces and champagne glasses. This will be a dessert too beautiful to eat; almost!

A Let the Countdown Begin Party cake could also take the form of smaller, individual cakes that take the form of numbers commonly known in a countdown (as in “5, 4, 3, 2, 1!”); the host could bake each small cake in pans shaped like these numbers, topping each with a different flavor icing. Each hour on the hour, the guest could take a small piece from each cake and enjoy. This treat will double as a festive decoration.

Let the countdown begin! Guests will come back next year to count down with you.

Most people think of New Year’s when they think of a theme based on “Let the Countdown Begin,” but it can be any celebration, including retirement. No matter what celebration you choose to use, Let the Countdown Begin will be your master theme.

How do you arrange a party based on the theme of “Let the Countdown Begin?” Look at what you are celebrating. New Year’s, of course, stands on its own, but if you are celebrating someone’s 40th birthday, you can begin by sending out the invitations to the party 40 days beforehand with a calendar so that the invited guests can begin their countdown to the day of the event. You have to remember to send reminders to those who are invited so that they don’t forget.

“Let the Countdown Begin” can be used eloquently as a theme for someone who is getting ready to retire. As the pre-retiree is probably already counting the days, it will make it easy for those who are invited to the party to do the same. If you know someone who is very creative, you might consider using the countdown calendar on the cake. Perhaps start the countdown for a retirement party approximately 30 days in advance of the event, depending where you plan to have it. As with any party within the scope of this theme, send out reminders approximately three weeks in advance to remind everyone, and then the really “countdown” begins.

Theme parties can be a great deal of fun, and the idea of using a countdown theme can be quite an exciting idea for those who are part of the festivities. Sharing in the fun with the recipient, especially when it is an event of happiness such as retirement, can make the event even more meaningful. Even if the party is a surprise, you can join in the countdown without giving the secret away.

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Let the Countdown Begin History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Let the Countdown Begin theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

The phrase “Let the countdown begin” brings to mind a spirited fest that celebrates the coming of the New Year. And this is traditionally when people honor this particular occasion. In truth, though, a Let the Countdown Begin party could mark the coming of an even more important milestone in the life of a human being. Throughout our lives we all have so many special things to anticipate. These special times always call for a countdown celebration.

Traditionally, Let the Countdown Begin parties celebrate the coming of the New Year. People break out the spirits, noisemakers, confetti, and sugary treats for this wild nighttime festivity, which can take place anywhere from a private home to a rented reception hall, from a nightclub to (if a person is truly lucky) Time Square. Wherever they go guests are sure to have a good time.

These parties often feature music and dancing, laughter and frivolity, or could just involve a group of friends and family members sitting around the TV with beverages in hand, watching a Dick Clark (although Mr. Clark has passed on, people honor his memory on this night)or MTV special and swapping memories as they await the coming of the New Year.

In the past several decades, Let the Countdown Begin parties have been held to celebrate all different types of momentous occasions. Maybe an expectant couple is eagerly awaiting the birth of a child. Perhaps a recent college graduate is about to begin a new job. Maybe a family is about to move to a new town. All of these occasions come complete with a waiting period that can be equal parts joyous and horrifying. Anytime people count down, they also have a reason to celebrate. Why not also make them fun, with a Let the Countdown Begin party!

The ingredients of this type of party—namely, food and laughter, memories and good times, and of course good wishes—are unchanging. It’s up to the host to bless this event with a fresh new spin. Plan a Let the Countdown Begin party today! Invite everyone who’s interested in helping to create artful decorations by using plates, glue, glitter and more which can be sent home with the creators at the end of the night. Arrange furniture for a get-to-gather in small groups to help initiate conversations. Invite everyone who’s interested in helping to create artful decorations by using plates, glue, glitter and more which can be sent home with the creators at the end of the night. The history of Let the Countdown Begin has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Let the Countdown Begin to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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