New Year's Eve Party with the Kids
Every year our friends throw a New Year's Eve party, but before we get dressed up to head out, we celebrate New Year's Eve at home with the kids. New Year's for the kids might seem like a foreign idea to some, especially if your kids hit the hay early on in the evening, but I've found some great ways to celebrate the ball drop long before the clock actually ticks to the New Year.
For our family, we get together and celebrate something new every year. First, we pick a new food to try, and we try to get everyone involved in choosing something exciting. The year we all ate sushi and it was a smashing success. All the kids loved it, and we never looked back. We also grab sparkling grape juice off the shelves in mass quantities, pour it into champagne glasses and have the kids do a full on toast to the New Year.
Here are a few other ideas for how to celebrate on New Year's Eve with your kids:
- Confetti Balls are a fun way to celebrate the ball drop. They're sparkly and fun, and kids love to help make them as well.
- Time Zone Theme Parties can help with the earlier bedtime for the kids, watching the celebration around the globe. Pick a city and then make ethnic food they'd also be serving in the city of choice. For example, chicken empanadas for South American countries can set the ethnic mood and be carted around in the palm of your hand.
- Food on a stick never gets old. Make appetizers and place them on small bamboo skewers or toothpicks for small hands to easily grasp and pop into small mouths.
- Make some noise! When the ball drops at your party, be sure the kids are prepared and have plenty of noisemakers for the occasion. Noisemakers don't have to be purchased, but can instead be crafted from everyday hosuehold items that you probably have lying around just begging to be turnd into somethingt he kids will adore making and playing with.
What New Year's Eve party ideas are your favorites? Do you have traditions you have with your kids every year?