At home with your kids this New Year’s Eve? Here are five fun ways to enjoy the holiday with your children. You might even get all of this done in time to put the little ones to bed and toast the New Year with your hubbie. That’s what I did!
1. Make party hats and play funky music.
Get things going by busting out the markers and glitter and make hats to wear for the rest of the night. We turned it to the Black Eyed Peas Pandora station and it really set the mood for a fun evening. We made our hats out of paper plates cut out to show “2014”. The year was then attached to a plastic headband with some sparkly pipe cleaners.
2. Eat a fancy, indulgent dinner.
For us that means anything wrapped in bacon. I happened to have some shrimp in the freezer so I marinated them in a cilantro, lime dressing and wrapped them in bacon. Served alongside some brown rice and snow peas, we had a yummy, festive dinner.
3. Ice cream party!
Get the music pumping again and bring out the dessert! We made ice cream sundaes with real whip cream, chocolate syrup and sprinkles. I served them in some martini glasses for extra fanciness. Yum! After dinner, turn up the music and use that sugar rush to have a dance party. My kids love to dance and put on dress up clothes. We do it almost every night. 🙂
4. Watch a movie.
I don’t know about you, but this is about the time of day when I start to C-R-A-S-H. We knew this would happen ahead of time so we rented a great Sesame Street movie about New Years celebrations around the world (educational!). The kids got their jammies on and pulled their favorite pillows and stuffed animals into our bedroom. Here’s a YouTube link to Sesame Street Celebrates Around the World.
5. Go see some fireworks!
Our town has a wonderful fireworks show every year at 8pm so families with young kids don’t have to stay out late. Check around to see if towns around you do this or – if you live in the country – put on your own little fireworks show. We had a blast venturing out into the cold Colorado night to wrap up in blankets and watch the fireworks reflect off the frozen lake. I even gave Bud and Peanut some glowsticks so they could find their way in the dark. Magical.
I hope this helps you enjoy some fun memories with your kids this New Year’s Eve. It is fun to see your kids delight in an evening of celebration and surprise them. Do you have any other ways you like to ring in the New Year with your kids?