Celebrating the New Year doesn’t just have to be for adults. Let your kids invite some friends and their family’s over for a kid friendly New Years Eve party.
As with all parties you will need food. Finger foods are usually most appealing to kids. You will also want to buy an assortment of small toys or candy to be given out as prizes throughout the evening.
Before your party begins you will want to have upbeat party music ready. You can create your own free play-list at www.projectplaylist.com Have the food and music ready by the time your guests arrive. Decide ahead of time how long you want your party to last. If you have really small kids you might want to start your party at eight and ring in the new year at ten. The older your kids the longer a party can last. Little kids really don’t care what time it is as long as they get to be loud and celebrate.
Welcome your guests to your party and after everyone arrives let them know that tonight you are going to have a parade.The kids are going to dress up in crazy outfits and have a new years parade with instruments. You can let them use items from your kids dress-up box, old Halloween costumes, or give them things to mix and match from your own closet. For instruments go through your kids toy boxes for toy instruments or have them make some.
When they are all dressed and have their instruments ready have them parade around around the house. If weather permits you can even take your parade outside. Remember to take pictures.
After the parade have a costume contest. Each child can have their turn walking down the “runway” showing off their unique outfit. Let the kids go play while the adults decide on winners. Come up with enough categories for every child to be the winner of a category. For instance, if a child is wearing a cowboy hat they can be the winner of the “most westerned themed” category. Then have an awards ceremony.
Turn on a televised countdown celebration and talk to the kids about how people all over the world are waiting for the new year. This can be a good time to explain to the kids about time zones. Then have the kids help you take down the old calendar and put up the new one. Be sure to explain what year it is tonight and what year it will be tomorrow.
When it gets close to the time you have decided to ring in the new year, get out your pots, pans, spoons, and noisemakers. Remember it is okay to celebrate earlier than midnight. Exhausted children are not fun children.
Get everyones coats on. Give each child a pot and spoon. Give each adult a noisemaker. Take everyone outside and have a countdown from 10 to 1. Make sure to tell everyone that when you get to 1 you are going to make a lot of noise to show the whole neighborhood how happy you are that it is a new year!