New Year’s with kids just isn’t the same. Granted now I don’t have to wear high heals and wait at the bar for a drink, but partying with the mini pack can still be fun especially if you can celebrate the ball dropping at 9pm!
We start with some sparkle cause who doesn’t like to wear a little sparkle to a party? If age appropriate once the sparkle has worn off it is time to don our baby new year suits. The pictures get funnier and funnier each year. Toss in the props and in our case see which kid cries first.
This has become a hit or miss in our family but is still so easy and so fun. Place bags with small goodies in them for each half hour as you count down to “midnight” The bags are not filled with anything overexciting, as a parent, but for the kids are like gold. We make sure we fill the bags according to what we’ll be able to handle. For example the candy usually goes as to what will be right after dinner and the horns don’t make an appearance till the very end.
Some winners for us include…
- Candy (such as ring pops to ring in the new year)
- Party Beads
- New Year’s Crowns
- New Year’s Horns
- Gold Coins
- Play dough Cans
- Princess Wands
- Stickers & Stamps
I’ve seen people that do some amazing things like make pizza with the dough in the shape of the year, balloon drops off the celling fan, and hourly party games and activities. I’m not sure even for me if I’m into it that much. Honestly I feel like New Year’s Eve unless you have a rockin’ party to go to like a wedding or an epic event is like prom; all hype and no big delivery. Not to say I didn’t have fun at my proms but the getting ready was the exciting part.
Thanks to Netflix, they again will be streaming It’s Almost Midnight- Netflix 2016 Kids New Year’s Eve Countdown. This 5 minute countdown which can feature characters of their choice is free for subscribers. Don’t forget the bubbly juice in “fancy” glasses and let your countdown begin.
My girlfriends and I try these every year. We even get them into bed by 9:15 but some how the girls wake up around 11:45pm. Go figure, so we let them celebrate. Hope your New Year is filled with sunshine, love and seashells.
Share what fun kids stuff you do for New Year’s Eve.