Ring in the New Year with your kids by hosting a fun celebration at home. Consider inviting your friends and their children to the celebration. Choose activities that allow everyone to participate. Take lots of pictures and video tape the party to preserve the memories. The photos work well to create a New Year’s scrapbook.
Determine where you will celebrate New Year’s Eve and decide if any friends will be invited. Celebrating at home provides a safe environment free of traffic jams and drivers who may have consumed alcohol. It also allows young children to go to bed early if they can’t last until midnight.
Plan the New Year’s entertainment options. Choose a variety of games, crafts, movies and activities that are appropriate and entertaining for the age group. Make a family time capsule filled with photos from the last year, letters from each family member and pictures drawn by the kids. Save it for the next New Year’s Eve party. Make noisemakers by filling a toilet paper roll with rice or dry beans. Cover both ends with paper and decorate the tube. Shake it as the ball drops to welcome the new year.
Create the menu for New Year’s Eve. Cooking the party food serves as one of the entertainment options, so plan on something the children can make along with you. Try making homemade pizzas, using English muffins or pitas as the crust. Top with sauce, cheese, meat and vegetables, allowing each child to top his own. Bake the pizzas at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
Decorate the home for the New Year’s Eve celebration. Hang streamers and balloons around the room and sprinkle confetti on the tables. Make a banner welcoming the new year to hang on the wall.
Talk about the new year and help each other think of resolutions. Make posters or collages that represent the resolutions as motivation for sticking to them.
Celebrate the arrival of the new year early if the kids are too young to make it to midnight. Substitute the traditional champagne with sparkling cider or juice.