Please welcome my friend, Heather, who is visiting today from Blissful Intent. She’s here with a great idea for a family celebration to end the year.
If you’re like most parents you will spend New Year’s Eve with your children. I for one don’t enjoy spending New Year’s out and about partying. I prefer to lie low and watch the ball drop over NYC. It’s been a tradition of mine since I was a child. Now that I’m a parent I get to celebrate with my girls and that is something I hope they will remember for years to come.
So you’re probably thinking to yourself… how can I shake things up and make New Year’s Eve fun for the family?
Well, you’re in luck because I’ve done some heavy lifting for you. Well maybe not heavy lifting, but I sure did a lot of thinking back on what I have done over the years with my little girl.
Make it a party!
What does your typical party look like? There are music and games at our family gatherings. A quick list of fun games include:
Family Guess Who by MadsMemories http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/kidscraftsactivitiesblog/2012/01/fun-crafts-made-from-photographs/
Balloon Stomp by My Joy-Filled Life
New Year’s Eve Bingo
The kids will have a blast with these! Print out your bingo cards and calling cards. There’s nothing quite like hearing the laughter and seeing the smiles from your little ones. These options do require a little prep on your part but they are fun ideas. You can also go the traditional route and just break out your family’s favorite board games instead.
Who doesn’t like a little music? I know I love to have random dance parties with my girls. Just turn on your families favorite station and get your groove on.
Party hats and decor
Nothing brings the party together like balloons and party hats. It doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy, but it would get the kids in the party mood. You could even have them help out by making a New Year’s sign or other decorations.
Now that you have games, dancing, and decor, we need to talk about drinks and food. You can make some family friendly drinks like these pretty cotton candy drinks.
The kids will love these and they would probably love to help make them as well. You will need some snacks to fuel all of that dancing fun.
Here is an idea for white chocolate New Year’s eve puppy chow courtesy of The First Year.
Just balance out all of that sugar with a few other options like a fruit and cheese tray.
Set up a couple cute photo props for pictures. Here is an idea for free printable photo props from I Heart Naptime. These are absolutely adorable and the kids will really enjoy snapping photos with these. Make it a tradition by adding these to your photo books each year to look back on. You could even sneak a video or two of the kiddos when they aren’t watching.
Keep a gratitude jar throughout the entire year and read over each entry on New Year’s Eve. No worries if you didn’t keep a jar. Just go around the room and ask each person what they are grateful for this year. This will allow your family time to look back on the year and remember all the wonderful memories created. While you’re thinking about this years moments you can take a second to think about what you would do differently next year.
Watch a countdown! If you are like me and live in the central time zone then you only get one hour in advance to watch the ball drop. It’s likely that you will want to put your children down early. If you do not have that luxury then that call is entirely up to you. If you have the ability to watch another countdown in a different timezone then take advantage of it!
It doesn’t have to be fancy. Your children will not remember the expensive party decor or snacks. They will remember being with you, laughing and creating those memories for years to come.