Last New Year’s Eve, my husband and I went out for the first time in years, maybe even pre-kids. It is impossible to find a sitter on New Year’s Eve, so I begged my parents and they said yes. Since I felt guilty for going out, I threw a party for them and the kids with food, activities and decorations. When I got home It sounded like they had so much fun, maybe more fun than we did and I do love my friends.
This year there has been a lot of activity during the break and my husband and I decided to stay home this New Year’s Eve. I decided to re-enact what I did last year with a different menu, activities and decorations. I thought I would share with you a few ideas that could make it fun to stay home and not feel sorry for yourself for not getting to go out. We are not missing anything, right?
My husband has to work on New Year’s Eve, but he said he could be home around 3:00pm. So I thought I would start the party around 4:00pm. Each 1/2 hour we will have a fun activity to do. Around 6:00pm we will have appetizers that we made and around 7:30pm we will celebrate the new year with some fireworks and more fun.
Here is my party checklist:
1. Hats, streamers, blow horns and noise makers
Hummus and Veggies
3. Clock Activity Bags
This is a super fun idea I saw on Pinterest last year. It can be a fun craft for your child, if they are learning to cut or tell time. I think it can be fun for any age. Each 1/2 hour one of the kids gets to open a paper bag that has a fun and silly activity to do.
You can purchase brown paper lunch bags at Publix or the Dollar Store. Last year I made circles on construction paper and hand wrote the numbers for a clock. This year I found a clock image on the internet without the hands that I copied and pasted. My daughter drew the hands on the clock for each timed activity. The activities are listed below, but you can come up with anything you think your friends and family would like to do.
4. Celebrate in one of the International Time Zones
You can celebrate midnight at a kid-friendly hour. In the Brazilian Islands, it’s at 9 p.m. Party with Azores at 8 p.m. or you could do a Moroccan midnight at 7pm which I have chosen to try to do around that time. It might be the Azores.
5. Another idea is to watch a sing-a-long movie.
If you just don’t have it in you, make some popcorn and sit down with your family to one of these sing-a-long favorites.
The Sound of Music
4:00pm – Put on silly glasses and take a family photo
4:30pm – Have frog races with toy plastic frogs (give out prizes for 1st and 2nd)
5:00pm – Break up into teams and do a scavenger hunt
5:30pm – Turn on disco ball and have a Just Dance 4 Party on the Wii
6:00pm – Put on sticky mustaches and have appetizers and drinks
6:30pm – Create a time capsule
7:00pm -Write New Year’s resolutions on paper lanterns and light up into the sky (It is recommended that Parent’s should be in charge of this)
7:30pm – Get glow sticks, blowers, and set off firecrackers to the New Year
8:00pm – Get ready for bed
8:30pm – Kids in bed
9:00pm – Parent’s party starts
All of the the decorations, games and prizes I bought at the Dollar Store.
I hope your New Year’s Eve is fun, festive and safe.
Happy New Year from Local Mom Scoop!