10, 9, get the champagne ready, 8, 7, am I near the person I want to ring the new year in with?, 6, 5, this champagne really does go to your head, 4, 3, oh wait, snap back to reality…we have kids now. No crazy New Years parties for us anymore!
The first few years as parents, my husband and I were a little stumped on what New Years was suppose to look like. Years prior to being blessed with children we hosted fancy dinner parties at our house, went to a shows and dinners at the hip new establishments downtown, and watched the Minnesota Wild win a hockey games followed up by celebrating the New Year with hockey fans downtown, just to name a few of our fun outings. Now what? Kids and a fancy dinner party, probably not, unless we are serving chicken nuggets and juice boxes. Kids and a show or sporting event downtown, definitely not, unless the show is Raffi, and we are going out for ice cream after. So what on earth are we going to do with these little people?
Have a crazy party, that’s what! A crazy kids New Years Eve party! What does that mean exactly? I have gathered up a few ideas to get your party planning juices going, if you are in the same boat as us and staying to ring in the New Year with your kiddos.
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Appetizer Night – Have some adult and kid friendly appetizers and snack the night away. Chicken tenders (these Ranch Tenders are amazing!), pigs in a blanket, cheese cubes & crackers, fruit, guacamole and chips, and veggies and dip for the kids (and maybe me to!). Shrimp cocktail, buffalo chicken wings, ‘fancy’ cheese & ‘fancy’ crackers, baked spinach dip, and caprese salad skewers for the adults. Check out my Appatizer and Snacks Pinterest Board for more appetizer ideas if you’re stuck.
Make your own pizza night – Whip up some pizza dough (or buy some individual sized pre-made crusts), get out everyone’s favorite toppings, some cheese and sauce and let everyone make their pizza look exactly the way they want it to. No compromising, no half mushroom that always sneak onto the wrong side of the pizza, their very own pizza, their way. My Pizza Party Night Pinterest Board is full of adorable pizza party theme ideas.
Tacos in a Bag – This is a riot to do with kids. Maybe it’s just my kids, but any activity where I tell them they can smash stuff is always a hit. Never made them before? Have each person take a single serving size bag of Doritos and smash the Doritos to pieces (while in the bag), open the bag and add in your favorite taco meat and toppings. Enjoy! Not a Doritos fan, a taco bar would be a great alternative. I like doing taco bars at parties because I can prep the meat ahead of time and keep it warm in a crock pot. Less time for me in the kitchen when I have guests over, win!
Fondue Night – Think fondue is just for adults, no way! Kids will love using the little skewers to pick up their food and dip in the fondue. I would definitely recommend this one for older kids that can be careful around the hot fondue pot/flame. If you’re not sure if this would end well at your house, you should probably hold off another year or two 😉
Non-Alcoholic Beverages Ideas
Hot chocolate bar – Start off with your favorite hot chocolate base and go crazy with the add ins. Add in ideas: marshmallows, crushed up candy canes, ice cream syrups, maraschino cherries, whip cream, sprinkles – you can really get creative here. Think, what would my kids want on an ice cream sundae and adapt it for hot chocolate. A Sweet Home Life makes an adorable hot chocolate bar. It makes me crave hot chocolate every time I visit her page. I wish I have her hot chocolate bar in my kitchen! – – – > A Sweet Home Life Hot Chocolate Bar
Sparkling non-alcoholic juice for toasting – You should be able to find this at your local grocery store. The Target near me carries two different non-alcoholic juice flavors, white grape and red grape by Welch’s. Head over to their website for many more flavor options: Welchs sparkling products
Smoothie bar – Take out your blender and your kids favorite smoothie combinations. Let them fill up the blender with their favorite combinations, they’ll love being the chef! We might be a little smoothie obsessed at this house, at last count I had over 40 smoothie recipes pinned. Here’s the link to my board if you need smoothie inspiration – – – > Smoothie Pinterest Board
PJ and movie night – Make it a comfy PJ and movie night. Grab a bunch of cushions and blankets and camp out on the floor with the kids watching on of your favorite family movies.
Balloon Pop Activity – Write an activities down on a piece of paper and put them into a balloon. Blow up the balloon and tie it. Now write a time that the balloon show be popped on the outside with a sharpie. You kids will be watching the clock like hawks waiting for the next balloon to be popped. See my tutorial on how to make your Balloon Pop Game and ideas of what to put inside each balloon here – – – > Balloon Pop Activity
Family game night – Pick some games you know your families likes in advance and have a marathon game night. Optional – make a score card to keep track of who wins each game, and crown the champion New Years Eve Game Night Victor at the end of the night. You could even make a fun crown that they can wear and display in their room the rest of winter vacation. These are some of our favorite family games:
Netflix countdown – Not about to let your kids stay up till midnight and watch the ball drop? Me neither, they will be up at 7 on New Years Day no matter what time they go to sleep. Thanks to Netflix we can have the countdown whenever it’s time for bed. Love!
After reading through this list of ideas I hope you are as excited as I am for New Years Eve with the kids! Let me know what your plans are this New Years, or if you try some of these ideas pop back and let me know how it went.
Happy New Years all!