With New Year’s Eve less than 2 weeks away, I decided to start planning a kid-friendly party for New Year’s Eve. My husband and I have always stayed home for New Year’s Eve, especially when our younger 4 were very little. It didn’t seem fair to get a baby sitter and spend lots of money with the risk that we’d get the dreaded call to come home.
This year, I’m embracing our family of 7 with a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve party. After all, we’re out of the baby and toddler stage for ever. It’s high time we made memories with the kids.
I kept my plans for a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve Party very simple. I know from experience it’s easy to add things on at the last minute than to go big and bold and fizzle out because someone got sick, or it snowed.
Countdown to the New Year
During New Year’s Eve Day, I plan to number balloons with the hours and pop them as we get closer to midnight. Since we have party balloons at home already, this is an easy frugal activity for me to pull together.
New Year’s Eve Noisemakers and Decorations
During the day, we’ll keep the kids busy with several activities. First we’ll make these cute Confetti Straws from Carolyn’s Homework. Sure, they’ll be messy, but all the better to celebrate the New Year!
For a noise maker, we make this one Noise maker from Martha Stewart. I’ve got a million buttons and plenty of craft supplies. Our other noise maker is this easy peasy Bubble Wrap from Martha Stewart. I guarantee you I’ll have plenty of bubble wrap on hand from Christmas. My only issue – making sure no one uses the bubble wrap before New Year’s Eve. My kids love stomping on it!
When the clock strikes midnight, we’ll have this simple DIY Balloon Drop from Been There Pinned That already in place. Thanks to my husband’s compressor, blowing up plenty of balloons should be a snap. In fact, this is a great job for my 18 year old son.
And let’s not forget my favorite New Year’s Eve activity from last year. I bought a drop cloth at Home Depot and laid it out on our living room floor. The kids decorated it with their favorite things from the year. I loved seeing what made an impact on them.
New Year’s Eve Menu
Keeping with the simple, frugal theme, I’ve decided to go with a very basic menu for our New Year’s Eve Dinner:
Toast for kids
SPARKLING COTTON CANDY DRINK from Vicky Barone
Dinner – Make Your Own Pizza Bar
My kids love pizza! In fact, we often make our own pizza from scratch. For New Year’s Eve, I’ll make the dough up ahead of time. In the afternoon, I’ll have the kids make their own mini pizzas which we’ll bake right before dinner. Mini pizzas take less than 20 minutes to bake.
Dessert – Ice Cream Sundae Bar
To finish our celebration, I’ll set up an ice cream sundae bar. Nothing like free rein at an ice cream sundae bar to dazzle a kid!
Just for You! New Year’s Eve Time Capsule (Free Printable)
Click on the image to download your free printable, and have fun filling it out with your kids on New Year’s Eve.