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A Guide to Ringing in the New Year with Kids! 

Hi lovelies! Can you believe that 2016 is already coming to a wrap. I’m in a bit of denial because that means my little boy is almost one year old. This will be my first year celebrating New Years Eve with a child so I thought I would share with you all some fun tips on how to still have a festive night and create some family traditions that will leave your kids with some fun lasting memories.

  1. Celebrate the New Year in a different time zone. I don’t know about you guys but my little guy will not make it to midnight and to be honest I don’t think his sleep-deprived parents will either. By celebrating another time zone we can still partake in having a fun kid and parent friendly count down. is a website with a world clock that allows you to enter in any city and see the current time and use there time clock. 
  2. New Year’s Eve festivities. Whether you are hosting a kid friendly New Year’s Eve party or just celebrating at home with the fam, create some fun activities to do throughout the night. Some fun ideas are a movie marathon, game night, foodie party, or dance competition. Movie marathon: Pick out some fun movies that everyone will enjoy and sit back and get comfy with some popcorn and candy. Game night: Celebrate with some fun games that everyone can partake in, like apples to apples, twister or jenga. Foodie party: Have a foodie party where your guests each bring a dish or an appetizer from around the world. Since you are celebrating in a different time zone this ties into your theme. If you are staying in you can try out some new recipes or make a bunch of different appetizers and have a sampler platter from around the world for dinner. Who doesn’t love appetizers? Dance competition: whether you have friends over or just your family, create a fun kid-friendly playlist and have fun dancing in the New Year. 
  3. Glitz and glam or cozy and comfy. Depending on if you want to spend the last night of the year in a sparkly dress and breakout the kids fancy clothes, let them wear their favorite dress up costume, whether it be a Disney princess or batman, or just spend the night in cozy Jammies is up to you. If you are having guests over make sure to let them know how to come dressed. Pajama parties are always a hit with my friends. 
  4. Don’t forget to take pictures! Document the night with some fun selfies or even create a cute photo booth by cutting out a piece of cardboard to look like a frame and wrapping it in a festive wrapping paper. (This can be a fun craft activity to do with the kids before the party and all the supplies can be purchased from the dollar store). Grap all your friends and/or family and start snapping photos. Set a timer on your phone or camera to get everyone in the shot.
  5. Make a time capsule. Start a new family tradition by having everyone take a piece of paper and write down or draw their dreams for the coming year, their New Years resolutions, or favorite family memories from the passing year. Fold up the papers and put them in a time capsule. Add some favorite pictures from the year, ticket stubs, or other small mementos. Put it away to be taken out and read at the next New Year’s Eve bash or if you’re feeling adventurous dig a hole in the backyard and bury it. Make sure your time capsule is waterproof and don’t forget to make a treasure map so you remember where it’s hidden. 
  6. Hand out party favors. Right before your midnight celebration hand out some fun noise makers, balloons, or sparklers. Depending on the weather you can have a fun little countdown to remember. If you live in a warmer climate like I do you can have the whole fam go outside to celebrate with some sparklers. If you have smaller kids you can have everyone release a balloon. A fun tip is for everyone to write down a New Years resolution, a favorite memory from the passing year, or a bad habit they want to send away with the year, then fill the balloon with helium and let it take off. Tip: if you don’t have a helium tank you can have some balloons filled before the party and write on the balloons with a marker. The smaller kids can have fun just drawing a silly picture.

I hope these give you some fun kid-friendly ideas to create a memorable New Year’s Eve with your family and friends. Your kids will love being able to participate in the festivities and you will love them not missing their bed time. Leave a comment below and share with us some fun kid- friendly traditions you have in your family.

I hope you all have a safe and happy New Year!





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