With New Year’s Eve just around the corner now is the time to start preparing for your New Year’s Eve party. I am not one for going out on New Year’s Eve but instead choose to stay home with my kids that night. After supper we will take our baths, and will slip into our pajamas for a night of fun. If you are looking for a fun (and inexpensive) way to enjoy New Year’s Eve with your kids here are some great ideas.
Make it a Game Night
Our kids always receive a bunch of games at Christmas, so New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to play those new games. We turn the TV off, enjoy some snack foods and play board games.
Make a Time Capsule
This is something new that I plan to incorporate this year. We will sit around the table, write down our favorite memories for the year, and then seal it in a decorated Mason Jar. This will be put up in our Christmas Decorations. Next New Year’s Eve we will open it back up and enjoy our memories of 2012.
Write Letters to Family Members
This is a tip I read earlier this week but haven’t decided if we will do it or not. The idea is to have each member of the family write a letter for the other family members. After they have been written they are sealed up to be read on New Year’s Eve next year.
Year In Review Printables
I have been seeing these everywhere this year, and think they are a great idea. The worksheets include a spot for favorite foods, favorite memories, what you are looking forward to next year and more. You can find printables for these at 30 Handmade Days, and Today’s Mama.
New Year Birthday Cake
This is one of my kid’s favorite traditions. Each year we will make a “Birthday” cake for the New Year. The kids help me bake and decorate the cake each year. Then towards the end of the night we will use the numbered candles for the top (2012, 2013, etc) to distinguish the New Year. We will light the candles and the kids will blow them out together.
Watch The Ball Drop
By the time we have finished playing games and enjoyed our cake the kids are generally pretty worn out. At that time we will all gather up our sleeping bags and pillows to watch the New Year’s Eve events on TV. We always celebrate when the ball drops in Times Square but I have heard of other families watching the ball drop in London or other countries around 7:30 PM so that their younger children can get to bed at a decent hour and still enjoy the fun.