A new year’s celebration for kids

LuLu’s brings back Noon Year’s Eve for year two

Dusty Ricketts Northwest Florida Daily News

It’s a New Year’s party before bedtime just for kids and their families to end the year with a bang.

LuLu’s in Destin will host their second annual Noon Year’s Eve at 10 a.m. on New Year’s Eve day, Saturday, Dec. 31. It will be non-stop kid friendly fun for the whole family with excitement around every corner as LuLu’s celebrates and rings in the New Year.

Noon Year’s Eve is free and will feature a sandcastle building contest, arts & crafts, inflatables, face painting, and more on the sandy beach overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay. Live entertainment will be by young country singer Caroline Kole, who has toured with the likes of Riba McEntire, Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson. Still in her teens, Kole has been singing professionally since she was 10 years old.

As the festivities draw closer to noon, the event will reach its high point with a huge beach ball drop countdown. Hundreds of beach balls will be encased in netting over the kids’ heads and will be released at noon. Then kids can partake in their very own “fireworks” by stomping on bubble wrap throughout LuLu’s.

“Our family went to Noon Year’s Eve last year,” said Ericka Van Hoosear, mother of five children under the age of 9. “I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun my kids had. They can’t wait to go again this year! LuLu’s events are so family oriented, we just love that.”

Creative chef, business woman, author and story teller, Lucy Buffett is more than a sibling of famous troubadour Jimmy, just as her business, LuLu’s, is more than a restaurant. As creator of the LuLu’s brand, Lucy has taken her initial dream, LuLu’s at Gulf Shores, to become a destination in itself serving some 750,000 customers a year. She opened her second location in Destin in the summer of 2015. From restaurants to cookbooks, to Bloody Mary Mix, seasonings and sauces, a children’s book and her Crazy Sista Honey Ale beer, Lucy Buffett combines true Southern graciousness and authenticity with the nerve of a successful entrepreneur. Known as Crazy Sista for good reason, Lucy marches to the beat of her own drum; she plays nice, but usually by rules she has bent, broken or reinvented.

LuLu’s is located in Destin at the foot of the Mid Bay Bridge, next to Legendary Marina. For more on the Noon Year’s Eve celebration, visit www.lulubuffett.com/destin/calendar/special-events or call 850-710-5858.