I’ll admit that it makes me nervous to be out on New Year’s Eve now that I have kids. I much prefer to have a family night in with my little family than risk being out on the road after other’s have been partying all day/night. But, I still want to make it fun for my crew. Last year, we made oven s’mores, played Uno, watched Despicable Me, and stayed up late to watch the ball drop. I’m not sure what we’ll do this year, but I’m already looking for new ideas.
Get comfy. We love to put on our fleece pajama pants and over-sized hoodies to be comfy as we settle in for the night. We grab our favorite blankets and pillows and pile them in the living room for the night.
Stock up on the noisemakers. Whether you put pennies or marbles in an empty soda bottle or you purchase party blowers at the store, kids love permission to be ‘loud and rowdy’ at midnight.
Serve up some fun drinks. I get out our plastic wine glasses – which are never used for wine – to serve fun ice cream floats for our New Year’s Eve party.
Get snacky. Meatballs in the crockpot. Pigs in a blanket warm from the oven. Pinwheels with bacon and cream cheese. Chips and dip. Oven s’mores. These are just a few of our favorite party snacks.
Have a photo booth. I’ve never had a photo booth before, but I want to do one this year. Grab some boas, tiaras, big ‘diamond’ rings, top hats, and fake mustaches, and you’ve got the perfect accessories for a family photo session!
Write down your favorite memories from the current year. One year, we put together a puzzle and framed it. On the back of the framed puzzle, each family member wrote a favorite memory.
Watch the ball drop! This is my favorite part of the evening – if I can stay up that long. It’s tradition to watch the Dick Clark show.