Want to spend a relaxing New Year’s Eve at home with the kids? If the idea of pajamas, popcorn and snuggling up by the TV beats hiring a babysitter, dressing up and hitting the town until the early morning hours, read on to find out how to have a family-friendly New Year’s Eve at home.
Plan a kid-friendly menu.
Make the holiday special by skipping “dinner” and planning a bite-sized feast fit for a kid. Swap out the heavy appetizers traditionally served at grown-up New Year’s Eve parties for kid-friendly versions, like homemade pepperoni pizza rolls, pigs in the blanket, mini quesadillas, loaded potato skins, and mozzarella sticks. Give kids an apron and get them in on the kitchen action. For dessert, serve up cookies, brownies and freshly cut fruit with yogurt dip, or plan a make-your-own ice cream bar on a countertop in your open concept kitchen. And don’t forget the sparkling grape juice or cider!
One benefit of staying home on New Year’s Eve is not having to get all dressed up. So put on your coziest pajamas and your favorite slippers, and get comfy! For a fun and festive twist, surprise your family with matching pajamas and set up a DIY photo booth to commemorate the year in a funny and creative way, complete with New Year’s Eve themed signs and props. Decorate with shiny balloons, and have glow sticks, party hats, and noisemakers on hand for a fun and festive twist.
If you have tweens and teens that want to stay up late, plan fun activities to banish boredom. Gather in the TV Room, turn on New Years Rocking Eve, and have a dance party, or set up a video game system in your TV room cabinetry and play together as a family. Of course, waiting for the ball to drop on New Years Eve can be a struggle for younger kids. If you have little ones, consider starting early and sticking to their regular bedtime (or slightly later than normal), and waking them up about ten minutes before midnight to catch the countdown. As a special treat, plan a holiday craft like this glitter slime, or rent / stream a family-friendly movie. Then pop some popcorn and snuggle on the sofa by a warm fire in the TV room. Holiday classics include Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, Happy New Year, Charlie Brown, and Winnie the Pooh’s Very Merry Pooh Year.
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