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Kid-Friendly New Year's Eve Party Ideas

New Year’s Eve is often portrayed as a night when adults go out to a fancy party, get all dressed up, and dance their ways into the new year. However, we don’t see too much about kids New Year’s Eve events in the media. PartyCheap is outlining some fun ways to entertain children on New Year’s Eve. Keep them excited with fun games and tasty treats! For all the young ones out there, and the young-at-heart parents, who can’t quite make it until midnight, these ideas are suitable for any time of the day.


Decorations

Confetti Balloons: Fill PartyCheap’s with confetti. Pick a color to theme your entire
Silver w/ Black Stars Gleam N Curtain
party or use every color with our . Fill the balloons with helium and attach to a string and weight around the room for a colorful effect. We even have the and if you need them.

Party Banner: Check out PartyCheap’s multitude of
including multicolor and the classic black and gold. Also opt for a - a surefire way to make an entrance - and matching . These options will bring lots of shine and shimmer to your party.

Hourly Balloons
Hourly Balloons:
For this decoration you’ll need
, paper, pen, and markers. Write down an activity, craft, or game on a slip of paper and place it inside a balloon. Blow up the balloons, and use a magic marker to write each hour on a balloon - make sure the balloon is upside-down when you do this. Tie a string to the knot in the balloon and secure the other end to the ceiling, banister, or other location of your choice. When a given hour arrives, have your little guests give the corresponding balloon a pop. Whatever activity is in the balloon is the activity for that hour! If you have more activities than balloons, put multiple in each - you can never have too much to do at a New Year’s Eve Party!


Activities

Make Your Own Countdown Clock: All you need for this activity are paper plates and markers or crayons. You can pre-number the plates or let your kids do it. Let them color however they want to make their own countdown to 2017 clock. To get more fancy you can add stickers, glitter, ribbon, and any other craft remnants you may have.

My Year in Review Reflections: this is a great way to get your kids thinking about who they are, what they have done in the past year, and their goals for the new year.

Make Your Own Noisemaker: this craft can be made with any small vessel you have lying around your house. Think empty water bottles, used toilet paper rolls, empty soda cans - the list goes on. We recommend empty raisin boxes. Once again, bring out all the decorating materials you have and let your kids have at it. Start with covering your vessel with construction paper so your kids have a blank surface to decorate. When decorating is complete, fill the vessels ¼ full with buttons, beans, uncooked pasta, anything that will make noise when you shake it! Tape or glue a popsicle stick to the back and your kids will have a handle to shake till they drop!

New Year Photo Fun SignsPhotobooth: What is a New Year’s Eve celebration without pictures to remember the evening. Create a backdrop somewhere in the room using our
another fringe curtain, or another design of your choosing. Grab some and take lots of goofy pictures!

Around the World Countdowns: If you live in the United States, there are plenty of countries that experience the new year before you. Tune to some of those celebrations to see how other countries ring in the new year.

Balloon Drop: at midnight, instead of setting off fireworks, drop some balloons! hold 50-100 balloons, plenty to cover all of your guests and keep them excited!



Games

Memory Scavenger Hunt: Print pictures from family events (vacations, family visits, school plays, etc.), and glue or tape them Memory Scavenger Hunt to slightly larger pieces of construction paper. On the reverse side of the construction paper, write own the date that the event happened. If you would prefer to do just the month, that’s fine too. Hide your pictures all over the room of your choice and send your children on the hunt. Make sure you remember how many pictures you’ve hidden. Once all the images are found, arrange them in chronological order picture side down. Flip over the pictures one at a time and reminisce about what that picture represents. This is a great way for families to remember all the important things that happened in the previous year. Alternately, you can print two of each picture and create a memory game, just don't write the dates on the back.

Cookie Face: Each player places a cookie on his or her forehead. The goal is to get the cookie into your mouth using only your facial muscles. No hands! The first person to get the cookie into their mouth wins!

Suck it Up: Participants place a straw in their mouths and use suction to transfer as many M&Ms as they can from one plate to another in one minute. Only one hand may be used to hold the straw. Everyone gets to eat their candy when the round is finished!


Junk in the Trunk: Empty a tissue box and use and Exacto knife to make two slits in the bottom of the box. Thread an adjustable belt or wide ribbon through the two slits to create a box-on-a-belt. Remove the thin plastic barrier from the tissue box opening to make game play easier or keep it intact for more challenging play. Strap the tissue box onto the player’s back and fill it with 6-8 ping pong balls. Shake, shimmy, jump and dance around till all of the balls have fallen out of the tissue box. No using hands and no laying down. The first player to empty his or her box wins!

Ping Pong Dash: Using nothing but a spoon in your mouth, carry a ping pong ball from one end of the room to the other. Go through multiple rooms if you have the space to make an entire course. If the ball drops off the spoon, you must start over. No hands! Hands are ONLY allowed if you drop the ping pong ball and then they can be used to pick it up and start over.



Food

New Year’s Eve Mocktails: Get an assortment of juices and soda water or sprite, mix and match to give your kids a mocktail! Include rock candy or gummy bear garnishes and they will feel like a part of the fun.

Grinch Santa Snacks
Pizza Bites: It’s important to keep the food bite-sized for your bite-sized guests. You’ll need crescent rolls, pasta sauce, and string cheese (pepperoni optional). Lay the crescent rolls out individually so they look like a triangle. Add half a string cheese and pepperoni if desired. Roll up the crescents and bake at 375° for 10-14 minutes. Pour sauce into a dish and surround with the cooked pizza bites. Dip your bites and eat up!

Grinch Santa Snacks: Provide some healthy options like fruit and nuts. Keep in the spirit of the season by making Grinch Santa snacks out of grapes, sliced bananas, strawberries, and mini marshmallows. Line up each ingredient as shown and connect with a toothpick. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can try using a thin pretzel rod.


Milk and Cookie Toast: If your kids make it all the way to midnight, they’re probably getting tired. Salute the new year with a classic bedtime snack. Milk and a chocolate chip cookie! Serve the milk in a to give your little ones the extra grown up feel.

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