After the excitement of Christmas is over, there’s one celebration before the holiday season comes to a close: New Year’s Eve. We usually consider New Year’s Eve to be more of an adult-friendly holiday. The after-midnight bedtime and champagne toasts make that clear. However, there are plenty of fun and easy ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids.
New Year’s Eve with Kids #1 | Turn Your Living Room into a Disco
If you’re in the northern hemisphere, these shorter days are working in your favor. Take advantage of the early sunset by turning your living room into a disco party. With a portable disco ball and some music, you and your kids will have a blast.
New Year’s Eve with Kids #2 | Reflect on the Past Year
Call me cheesy, but I love taking a little time to reflect on where we’ve been (or even where we are). It’s too easy to get distracted by the day-to-day demands of work, family, and life in general. This New Year’s Eve, make it a point to reflect on all that has happened over the last year. You’ll teach your kids the value of appreciating what has happened, maybe learning from mistakes, and growing through challenges.
To do this, you could put together a photo album. You can do this during New Year’s Eve day with your kids. Or, if you’re lazy like me, just pull up the photos on your camera roll and put together a slideshow with Apple TV or Chromecast.
New Year’s Eve with Kids #3 | Have a Cider Toast
Don’t miss out on the champagne toast just because your guests aren’t of age. Grab some sparkling cider and some fancy kid-friendly champagne flutes to make your celebration special. And don’t let the midnight countdown scare you. Make your own countdown before bedtime or celebrate a few time zones ahead of you. We’re in California but usually enjoy the countdown with New York so we can all be in bed by 10 or 11.
New Year’s Eve with Kids #4 | Confetti Poppers
Whatever time zone you’re celebrating with, end your countdown with some confetti poppers. Kids find these so exciting. When else are they allowed to be this noisy and make such a mess?
Want a less messy alternative? Bring out your pots, pans, and wooden spoons. It’ll be noisier than the poppers, but you can just sit back, drink champagne, and cover your ears.
Or again, if you’re lazy like me, you can just do bubbles. They’re always fun, relatively clean, and completely quiet.
New Year’s Eve with Kids #5 | Dress with Purpose
Just because you’re staying home doesn’t mean you can’t dress up! Have every member of your family peruse their wardrobes and pull out any silver, black, or sparkly apparel and create their party ensembles with it. You can provide a few accessories to make it even more special, like New Year’s Eve glasses, feather boas, and sparkly hats.
New Year’s Eve with Kids #6 | DIY Photo “Booth”
You don’t need an actual photo booth to make this one fun. With a bedsheet backdrop, a few props (like your accessories above, a silly mask, or even a handmade sign), and a Polaroid, you and your family can create fun party memories that will last for years to come. If you made a photo album from idea #2 above, you can add these photos as the finishing touch.
New Year’s Eve with Kids #7 | Festive, Kid-Friendly Appetizers
The best New Year’s Eve parties are filled with yummy appetizers. Share the fun with your family by setting out a few kid-friendly appetizers and letting everyone graze. We try to avoid sugar when we can and will probably try to do some healthy make-ahead appetizers (like these from Sugar-Free mom) for our family party.
How will you be ringing in the new year? I’d love to hear in the comments!