7 tips for a memorable New Year’s Eve with kids

kids partyNew Year’s Eve parties are notoriously full of adults and late nights. But don’t leave the kids out of the celebration. After all, no one loves a great party more than kids! Kids bring the fun, the giggles, and the best memories. Use some of these tips to throw your kiddos their own New Year’s Eve celebration, and we promise it will be way more fun than waking up with a headache the next day.

Invite Friends.

Let the kids pick a few friends to join in on the fun. A New Year’s Eve playdate will give you some adult interaction as well. Let the kids play as you socialize; it’s definitely a win-win.

Fancy Nancy

Kids LOVE dressing up. Make your event feel like a real adult party by letting the kids don their fanciest attire. Costume jewelry, some hats from the party store, and some (moderately) high heels to clunk around in will make the kids feel like they’re fancy enough for an Oscar party.

Don’t Stress the Food.

Give yourself a night off in the kitchen by heading out to your family’s favorite restaurant. But the trick is going early. Eat light snacks for lunch and plan for dinner around 4pm. You’ll beat the traffic and the crowds and make it home with a full stomach ready for the festivities to begin.

Let the Games Begin.

Family game night passes the time in the best way: with plenty of giggles. Jenga, UNO, Twister, and Pictionary are always favorites. But nothing gets the friendly competition going quite like Mario Kart. Pick up an inexpensive trophy at your party store for the winner.

Snacks

S’mores, roasted marshmallows, homemade Chex mix, they’re all the perfect munchies for games and movie watching. Settle in for a few favorite family movies. (Start the movie watching early in case the kids can’t decide on just one.) If you have a fireplace or even just a pile of soft, cozy blankets, even better.

Dance Party

To get all of that energy out before bedtime choose some lively tunes and get your dance moves rocking. The kids will squeal and bounce out their energy, and you’ll even get some exercise, too. The best part? Kids are awfully forgiving when it comes to your outdated or even a little awkward dance moves.

The Clock Trick

Turn those clocks forward! It’s an easy trick to “make believe” midnight. Bonus—there are plenty of YouTube videos of the New York City ball drop. But if the kids are old enough to last until 11 p.m., let them watch the actual ball drop. But while you wait, don’t forget to help them write a few New Year’s Resolutions. They can be fun, silly, or helpful. Add to the fun and let them write a few resolutions for you too.

Then after the kids are nestled in bed dreaming about their fun party with mom and dad, you can stay up and do your own celebrating … or just revel in your success and enjoy a good night’s sleep.

Hosting a New Year’s Eve party you can enjoy also

2016So in a moment of holiday cheer, your excitement took over and you invited all of your family, friends, old high school buddies, the grocery store clerk, and some strangers on the street to your home for the most EPIC New Year’s Eve party this century has ever seen! Now that reality has set in and that holiday cheer has turned into the reality of your task at hand, don’t panic. We’ve got you covered with these simple, fun, and wow-worthy New Year’s Eve party ideas that will actually allow you to enjoy the festivities also.

Decorations:

Skip those plastic party store decorations. (Exception: 2016 eyeglasses. Never skip 2016 eyeglasses.) Nothing says “classy adult party” like this decoration focal point. Beautiful, unique, and a breeze to clean up afterwards.

clocks
From MarthaStewart.com

Food:

If the idea of preparing a five-course meal leaves you huddled in the corner in fear, then don’t. Invite your guests to arrive after dinner. In their post-meal state they’ll be totally ready to nibble on all the easy appetizers you’ve so beautifully displayed. Vegetable and fruit trays, meats and cheeses with crackers—all of these are stress-free (and you can even buy them already prepared at your grocery store). Then spend your energy on a few cute appetizers like these mini hot dogs. Miniature food is like a miniature pony, way too cute to resist. Try these mini hotdogs and get creative with other foods that you can cut down to size.

mini hot dogs
From SouthernLiving.com

Drink:

Have a little “Mad Scientist” moment in the kitchen and create your own signature drink concoction for the night. Think beyond the normal fruity punches and get creative! For extra fun, freeze juice into ice cubes for extra color and flavor. Just don’t forget to give your brand new drink a fun name that your friends will be repeating all night as they refill!

Games:

For a really simple—and really fun—holiday game, Real Simple always has the right solution. Have some fun with normal tradition of New Year’s Resolutions with these downloadable New Year Playing Cards. Guests fill in the blanks to questions like “The person I want to be more like this year _____.” or “The bad habit I want to kick this year is _____.” Then shuffle the cards and read them aloud; try to guess to whom each resolution belongs!

resolution cards
From RealSimple.com

Countdown:

The countdown to midnight: the most anticipated part of a New Year’s Party. But please, your vacuum begs you, skip the confetti. Instead, feast your eyes on this amazing personalized idea that really shows your guests how much they mean to you. It might take a little extra prep work, but personalized confetti with your favorite photos of friends and family will be the highlight of your party, right after 3…2….1. The best part, guests will want to actually help pick them up so they can keep their special memento.

photo confetti
From MarthaStewart.com

Post-Midnight:

After the ball drops, don’t let guests rush out the door. Keep the party going with some softer music, the glorious glow of a fireplace, and of course, bottomless cups of coffee. As the excitement of the night wears off, you and your friends will find a cozy end to the night talking, laughing, and reminiscing on a wonderful 2015, but also looking forward to what 2016 has in store.

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