AP9 Passport to Fun Serves Up a Few Fun Ideas for New Year’s Cheer

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Even as we rush to complete our shopping in time for the upcoming gift-giving holidays, another celebration is quickly approaching, one that usually entails fewer gifts but a lot more people, reports AP9 PassportToFun, a premier recreation and entertainment savings program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC. And New Year’s Eve parties are often remembered long after the last present has been opened and tucked away.

New Year’s Eve may very well be the most festive night of the year. Wherever you are and whomever you’re with, you’re likely to find yourself pausing with millions of others in your time zone to count down the end of 2005 and kick off the start of 2006. AP9 Passport to Fun members, of course, already have plenty to celebrate, with year-round access via DealPass to savings on entertainment choices like movies, music, books, DVDs, and other amusements.

Traditionally, New Year’s Eve parties involve noisemakers, hats, balloons and good food and drink. AP9 Passport to Fun members can save on a variety of amusements perfect for any New Year’s Eve party, from music and decorations to toys, games, meals out, movie tickets and much more.

If you’d like to bid farewell to 2005 with your own unique panache, AP9 PassportToFun offers a these ideas as inspiration:

-- Hold a costume ball. Add a little taste of Halloween to this year’s party. Pick a decade -- the Roaring Twenties, the Turbulent Sixties, the Disco Seventies -- and ask your guests to dress the part. Or invite guests to dress as their favorite year, and award prizes for identifying the correct year and/or for stumping the guests.

-- Stage the New Year’s Eve Olympics. This can be a sporting theme or a game theme. If you’re looking for athletics, set up an obstacle course in your yard and a basketball court in your driveway, and ask guests to bring board hockey and air hockey tables, dartboards and other sports-related equipment. If you’d prefer games, break out the Monopoly board, Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, chess, checkers, card games and more, and stage a round-robin tournament, with the winner decided at quarter to midnight.

-- Are you ready for some football? New Year’s Eve falls on a Saturday this year, which means the college bowl games won’t be played until Monday, January 2. Fortunately for football fanatics, not only are there 14 NFL games on New Year’s Day, there are two on New Year’s Eve, including the Oakland Raiders hosting the New York Giants at 8:00 ET/5:00 PT. Giants and Raiders fans won’t want to miss a second of action (especially if playoff berths are on the line), so get ahead of the curve and plan a football-themed New Year’s Eve party, complete with six-foot sandwiches, chips and dip, kegs, lots of TVs, and a room completely devoid of TVs (for the non-football fans in your midst).

-- Collaborate on a block party. Get together with your neighbors to hold a movable feast. Start at one end of the street with cocktails and appetizers, then move from house to house every hour or so for another course, culminating in dessert and champagne in the last house as midnight approaches. You’ll be able to share the costs, keep your car parked, and maybe even wake up refreshed on the first morning of 2006.

And one final reminder: For those indulging in champagne and the like, plan your transportation in advance if you’re celebrating away from home. Whether you select a designated driver, call a taxi, reserve a hotel room, sack out on a friend’s couch or hire a limousine, it’s always best to put a plan together while you’re clear-headed. AP9 PassportToFun wishes you a safe and happy New Year.

About AP9 Passport to Fun

AP9 Passport to Fun is a leading membership discount program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC. Headquartered in Stamford, Conn., Adaptive Marketing is a category leader in both membership and loyalty programs, bringing value direct to consumers through an array of benefits in healthcare, discounts, security, personal property and personals. Members may access their benefits at DealPass.com, an online portal for Adaptive Marketing membership programs. With broad online and offline distribution capabilities, Adaptive Marketing offers its corporate client partners effective tools to enhance market presence, strengthen customer affinity and generate additional value through programs, such as AP9 PassportToFun.

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