New Year’s Eve can be a time for elegance, black-tie affairs and champagne, but for most of us moms it’s a time to reflect on the past year and celebrate the upcoming one with your little loved ones. Whether you’re celebrating at home with your family or bringing the kids to a party, we’ve got some tips to make your New Year’s Eve with kids a special and memorable event!
1) Prepare the Sparkly Decor
Nothing says New Year’s Eve like decorations that are sparkly, shiny, gold or silver. Involve the kids with easy to prepare decorations such as these numbers covered in gold metallic tinsel. Other options are to coat the numbers in sequins, glitter, metallic paint or anything shiny you have on hand. Be creative and use those leftover ribbons, tree trimmings or wrapping paper from the holidays.
The gorgeous confetti foil-dipped balloons shown above (via Studio DIY) only require some balloons, gold foil confetti and mod podge! An easy application that will make such a fun and festive addition to your decor.
2) Dress Up
It doesn’t matter if you’re at an event with the kids or just hanging out at home, New Year’s is the best time for dress up! This is another use for those leftover holiday gift wrappings, ribbons and tree trimmings. Break out the glitter, sequins, pom poms and embellishments and watch your child light up at the creative possibilities!
While you’re dressing up, have an impromptu New Year’s Photo shoot with these adorable free printables from Kristen Duke Photography:
3) Start the Countdown
We love this Balloon Pop Countdown to midnight from Craftibilities! Write different countdown times onto balloons and fill each balloon with a folded up paper that has an activity written on it. When the time strikes, have your kids pop the balloon with the correct time and follow the activity inside. Some activity ideas: go outside for glow in the dark bubbles, build a fort, make a confetti popper, play flashlight tag, make a s’more. There are so many fun options you can customize your activity countdown with!
4) Reflect on the Past Year
Make your New Year’s celebration not just fun but purposeful too with a look back at the past year and what may lay ahead. Let your kids fill out this personal interview about some of their highlights from the current year and their wishes and goals for the New Year. These are such a joy to look back upon!
5) Time for some Games
Get the party spirit moving with some fun games! Turn up the dance music and try out this hilarious minute-to-win-it style game. It requires an empty Kleenex box, a tie or long piece of fabric, ping pong balls and some good shaking and wiggling! The goal is to see who can get their ping pong ball out of the box first with their mad dancing skills (no hands of course). Hilarious to do and to watch, this game will keep everyone on their feet!
6) Get Ready to Toast
Have some sparkling cider at hand, or try something new with flair like this sparkling cotton candy drink! Simply mix cotton candy with sparkling soda or Sprite and the kids will squeal with delight at getting to drink such a fancy and tasty concoction. Or if you’re winding down and prefer something more comforting, try this adorable milk and cookie toast with your choice of yummy cookie!
7) It’s Ball Drop Time
Make your own New Year’s Eve Ball and finish your evening off with the final exciting event…the Ball Drop! Use a basketball or other sports’ ball, wrap with silver tinsel and adhere with glue. Thread a clear zip tie through the tinsel. Now thread a cord through the zip tie and head to your desired ball drop location. Our New Years’ Eve tradition is to watch the ball drop outside in our cul-de-sac with all our neighbors counting down as one person holds the cord and lowers it. Although it’s an easy DIY setup, adults and kids alike cheer as if they were in Times Square! The Ball Drop adds ceremony to your fun-filled evening. If your kids are younger or you prefer an earlier celebration, time your ball drop with midnight from another timezone. For us it’s a 9pm ball drop and New Year’s celebration, timed with the East Coast’s midnight. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Happy New Year!
Do you have traditions with your kids on New Year’s? Did you use any of the tips we posted? Let us know in the comment section, we’d love to hear from you!
Happy New Year’s Moms! We wish you a healthy 2015 with lots of joy and laughter!