Not to fast forward the holiday season or anything, but we need to start planning our New Year’s Eve party. 

The Sandbar loves any excuse for a theme party, and New Year’s Eve is right up there with Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day.  The Sandbar has also been featured on the front page of the Lawrence Journal-World for the last several years.  The LJW is good to us.  But really, since newspapers have such early deadlines, the photographer knows he can come to our place and get a good picture hours before the ball drops that actually resembles midnight revelry.  Last year, the photographer was actually asking us "when will someone dance on the bar" as early as 7 p.m.

Most recently, we traveled back in time to the 80’s, the decade of big hair, legwarmers, high-tops, and Flashdance.   Oh, and punk rockers, since we had a couple of them crash the party.   It took me a little while of fumbling with the curling iron to figure out how to recreate my high-school bangs.  I think I did a pretty good job, considering it’s been almost 15 years since I’ve practiced this art, and I didn’t have a can of AquaNet!  Dave didn’t have to look too hard for props- those glasses he’s wearing?  Those are actually an old pair of his glasses. 

Deb_dave_justin_michelle Chad_court_and_dirk_edited1

Another year, we glammed it up and had "A Night at the Oscars."  This was a pretty typical New Year’s Eve night since most girls like to dress up that night anyway.  Coleen made her very own Oscar statue out of a Barbie doll, and Will and Erick rented matching pastel tuxedos to wear while working the door.

"Prom Night" was a popular theme.  We encouraged everyone to dig out their old prom dresses (or if they didn’t fit, to go buy one at Salvation Army.)  Lots of people participated in this theme.  One girl even wore her mom’s hippie style wedding dress from the 60’s.  We had lots of sequins, ruffles, and bows that night, along with cummerbunds and bow ties.  The sillier, the better at The Sandbar.

A photo album with pictures of New Years’ Eve past parties is over to the right side of the page. 

What should we do this year?  A new random question is also posted.  Please tell us, dear readers, what would make your New Year’s Eve complete.