Because it's a late night affair, New Year's Eve parties are often for the adults. This year, save money on babysitters, and enjoy celebrating New Year's with the kids!
The turning of the New Year is a special, and often a significant time for people to start fresh or work on personal goals. Getting your children involved in the celebration will help them get excited for the year ahead, and new traditions will turn this holiday into something the kids look forward to.
There are many ways to turn the festivities into kid-friendly fun. Here are some ideas:
- Make Fancy-Fun Mocktails
There's nothing that makes a night feel special like special treats. Help your kids feel fancy by making them delicious juice and soda mocktails. Buy plastic versions of champagne glasses to boost the fun.
Find some delicious mocktail recipes here: Parenting.com
- Year-themed pancakes
The celebration doesn't need to stop at midnight. Try making some year-themed pancakes with number cookie cutters for your sleepy kids the following morning. They'll love to eat up the unique-shaped cakes:). Simply use your favorite pancake recipe, and put the batter in the cookie cutter on the pan. Or... make whole pancakes, and cut the shapes out of them.
Find number cookie cutters here, on Amazon.com.
- New Year's Resolutions
Everybody talks about New Year's Resolutions! Get your kids involved by having them write down something they'd like to accomplish, or change in the new year. A little introspection will help your kids grow.
- Watch the fireworks
There's nothing like fireworks on New Year's! Find out where the closest fireworks show is happening in your area, and bring the kids along. They will love the spectacular light and colors. Depending on where you live, you might just be able to see them out your window.
- Make NYE crafts
No matter what time of year it is, kids love crafts. Set them up with some that are New Year's themed. It's festive and fun for the little ones, and you can hang them up as decorations!
- Letter Recap
Similar to New Year's Resolutions, help your kids reflect on the year by having them brainstorm their favorite memories, what they've learned, and what they've loved the most. Speaking about these, or writing them down is a great tradition for a family to share their feelings about the year.
- Set up a Photo Booth
It's always great to have pictures of the family, especially when the kids are young. Setting up a photo booth with New Year's props is easy, fun, and creates lasting memories!
Buy backdrop decorations at your local party store. Make your own photo booth props, buy them at your local party store, or buy them online: Amazon.com.
So, enjoy the countdown with your little ones, give them a big hug and kiss, and they'll be exhausted enough by the end of the night to leave you with a sound night's sleep.
Happy New Year from the team at Smart Lunches, and best wishes for a wonderful 2017!