New Year’s Eve has notoriously been the night of parties, celebrations and fun. Past nights may have included fancy dinners, trips to the bar and other late night revelry. Now that you have little ones the fun does not have to end. With a little creative thought and planning, you can have a kid friendly evening that everyone will remember.
Decorate to celebrate.
Let the kids help pick out decorations, hang them and even make them. Decorations may include fun hats, noise makers, a balloon drop, confetti and or sparklers. Use your imagination and get the kids involved.
Celebrate in a different zone.
If you have little ones that may not make it to midnight, try celebrating the New Year in a different time zone. 6pm on the east coast is midnight in Paris. 7pm on the east coast is midnight in Ireland.
No party is complete without food and drink.
Plan a kid friendly and fun menu. Mini pizzas or an assortment of small appetizers are great for little hands. Set up an ice cream or a smores bar. Serve root beer floats or sparkling cider.
Create countdown activities.
It can be a long night waiting for midnight to come. Create an activity for every hour as you countdown. Write each activity down on a piece of paper. Place each piece of paper in a balloon with confetti. Every hour pop one balloon and do what the activity says.
Make a time capsule.
This can be as simple as gathering a few things from the year and placing them in a jar. Open the capsule the following year or even 10 years down the road and reminisce.
Set up camp.
Chances are that if you have little ones, making it to midnight may be a challenge. Why not turn your living room into a campsite. This way if you do have ones that pass out early, they can be comfortable. And honestly, who doesn’t love a good family campout?
Celebrate, create everlasting memories and have a wonderful New Year’s Eve.