New Year: Ideas For Celebrating
New Year's Eve isn't quite the wild party it once was now that you have little ones in tow, but that doesn't mean you have to give up the fun. Plan ahead for a small, kid-friendly celebration featuring games and activities the entire family will enjoy. Here are 5 exciting ideas for ringing in the New Year from the comfort of your own home.
If your little ones are too young to stay up until midnight, time the celebration accordingly. One idea: if your children are too young to stay up at all, party in broad daylight. Welcome the New Year at noon and celebrate for the rest of the afternoon with their favorite snacks, games and movies. If your kids are a bit older, move the clocks a few hours and enjoy the festivities at 8 or 9 instead of midnight.
No New Year's Eve celebration is complete without silly hats and noisy accessories. Fortunately, kids love both. Set aside arts-and-crafts time so they can create their own party must-haves. For a hat, give them paper cups and various embellishments, such as garland, beads, and stickers. When the cups are decorated, punch a hole through either side for the ribbon chinstrap. Festive noisemakers add to the fun and are easily opened after the celebration to reveal the goodies inside.
Add a little something to the stroke of "midnight" by dropping balloons from your ceiling. It's incredibly easy and brings an extra special touch to the family's celebration. Find netting or a tablecloth and fill with inflated balloons (this works best if they're not filled with helium), then tape it to the ceiling. When the countdown reaches zero, release the balloons to the delight of your children. Keep a few balloons after the party for even more fun in the days after.
Year In Review
This fun activity is a great way to jog their memories and encourage family bonding. Print out favorite vacation, holiday or everyday photos from the past year and hide them in storage cabinets, closets or anywhere else to make it a fun search-and-find game. As your children find each photo, have them state fun facts about the image, such as what the event was, what season it was, and who else was present. It's a fun activity that allows the entire family to reminisce on the previous year.
Help your kids feel like they're properly ringing in the New Year with a delicious beverage. Invest in cheap champagne flutes or wine glasses and fill with ginger ale, fruit punch, or sparkling grape juice. When your family celebration is at its peak, have the kids lead a toast with well wishes for the upcoming year. They'll love feeling like little adults and getting to participate in all the festivities.