Even though we’ve just finished the big holiday season of the year, something even bigger is just around the corner—you guessed it—New Year’s!
In our family we like to do something all together that helps make the end of the old year and beginning of the new year memorable and fun!
To make it easy, you can break down your new year’s party into 5 simple elements:
Of course, you don’t have to add all 5 if you don’t feel like it, but here are some ideas for each of those categories to get you started if you like.
1. Write down a list of all the Blockbuster movies/cartoons/games that came out in the past year. Cut them out and put them in a bowl. Each child can choose one and give clues or do charades for the other children to guess.
2. Go outside and light sparklers/Roman candles/small fireworks
3. Have a goofy awards ceremony for fun and ridiculous things. Some ideas are, “sneakiest child award,” “best donut eater,” “certified internet junky,” “best excuse maker,” “drama queen award,” “messiest room,” “Most tired mom,” “silliest faces master,” etc. Have fun with it! Find free printable blank certificates here
4. Tell each other’s fortunes! Everyone write a made-up, funny “fortune” down and put it in a jar. (Parents/older siblings help the younger ones) Take turns picking your “fortune” for the next year and reading it out loud for all to hear! This is hysterical!
Of course, what new year’s party would be complete without fun and tasty snacks? Kids’ parties are no exception! There are so many incredible desserts, snacks and appetizers, but here are a few that are so easy to put together at the last minute, are really fun, and new year’s themed as well!
1. Pretzel rod “sparklers.” These are incredibly easy to make, and the kids (and adults!) just adore them! They are so festive and tasty too! Click here for an easy how-to.
2. Parfait. So easy to prepare and always a favorite. Try crushing cookies and layering with yogurt, pudding or jello. Add your kids’ favorite cereal, dried fruit, nuts or mini chocolate bits to make it even more tasty and fun!
3. Fruit kababs. These are great and of course so easy to put together—even the kids could do it! All you need is skewer sticks, and lots of your favorite fruit cut into bite-size pieces! Fun and easy fruits are grapes, strawberries, pineapple chunks, banana, and melon. You could also add bites of cheese, marshmallows or round gummies just for fun!
4. Milk and sprinkles shots.These are so stinkin’ cute and add a fun flair to any kids’ party! Easy peasy to make too!
5. Fireworks drink! Fill ice trays with different flavors of juice or kool aid. Put in a glass and pour sparkling water or sprite into it! As it melts, the colors and flavors change!
1. Sit in a circle and have the person on the left tell the person on the right what they like and appreciate about them, and then do the same the other way around.
2. Pick a person and everyone tell what achievements that person has made during the year. For example, “Jane learned how to read,” or “Tyler learned to ride a bike,” or “Dad started his own business,” “Sam got all A’s in geometry,” etc.
3. Have a mini-awards ceremony. This will have to be prepared by Dad and Mom earlier. Give out certificates for qualities or achievements that each person excelled in during the past year. For example, “great dancer,” “awesome brownie maker,” “kind and caring,” “best athlete,” etc. Click here and here for great free printable certificates.
1. Give out papers with the one month of the year on them (you may have to double up, depending on how many people there are) and have each person write down a big event that happened that month. Put all the papers in a jar and take turns picking one and acting it out for everyone else to guess.
2. Go around in a circle and everyone say their favorite memory of the year. Other ideas are: their favorite time together as a family, their favorite meal, their favorite snack, their favorite new movie, favorite book read, etc.
3. Talk about things that didn’t happen that you are grateful for. For example, a bad accident, terminal illness, etc.
1. Give everyone a little time beforehand to come up with 1 thing they would like to learn, 1 thing they would like to do, and 1 thing they would like to improve in next year. For example, Kimmie, aged 5, would like to learn how to tie her shoes, she would like to go to Disneyland, and she would like to improve in keeping her room tidy.
2. Talk about things you would like to do as a family in the new year to help others. Some ideas are: Help out in the local community, visit the cancer ward in a nearby hospital and bring home made cards or balloons to the patients, etc.
3. Make family goals and put them up as a reminder. Some ideas to get you started: Be nicer to each other. Make friends with the neighbors. Have a picnic once a month. Go camping, play games once a week, eat pizza and popcorn outside on the weekends, create a family mantra, or whatever you want!
4. Click here for a free new year’s resolutions and memories printable. Spoiler alert: It’s awesome!
Have fun together and may you have an awesome new year! Happy new year 2013!