Looking for some party ideas to enjoy with your family this year? I am. I admit new year’s eve has caught me by surprise this year. It usually does because we don’t often make a big deal about it.
This year I decided we would celebrate. My kids are far too young to stay up late, so we will party early and countdown to noon. Here are some ideas to do with your children.
MAKE SOME NOISE!
Make noisemakers with recycled materials such a plastic jars or boxes. Plastic lids make lots of noise inside theses objects. Got bubble wrap? Use it to make noise! Kids love to pop bubble wrap.
DRESS IT UP!
What child doesn’t like to dress up? Get out the costumes, dress up clothes or make something new! We have some supplies to make tiaras and crowns. We plan to put them together and wear them to help ring in the new year!
BRING ON THE CONFETTI
If you want real Confetti, let your kids get some paper out of the recycle bin and use your hole punch to make some fun confetti. Shredded paper makes fun confetti too!
WHIP IT UP!
Bake something delightful with your kids to share as the new year arrives. A friend of ours just gave us supplies for baking cupcakes. We are going to put these together so we can share one when the new year arrives. Our box of icing comes with confetti sprinkles, how appropriate?
Is it cold where you live? Blowing bubbles outside when the weather is cold will create fun “ice balloons”. Add a little food coloring to the bubble mix and have a little extra fun! Your weather is warm? Bubbles are still a great idea (and less messy than confetti!
Play board games together. Or card games? This will depend on the age of your little ones, but choose an age appropriate game and sit down together. It doesn’t really matter what you play. What matters is that you and your kids are engaged in activity together! Who knows, great conversation might follow!
5 FOR THE FUTURE!
Ask your kids five fun questions. Write them down; you can reflect on them next year!
Here’s my five picks:
1. What do you want to be when you grow up?
2. Where is one place you would like to visit next year?
3. Name one nice thing we can do for someone next year?
4. Name one thing you would like to learn to do next year?
5. What is your favorite food?
Your kids are a little older? No problem…
Let them stay up until midnight. Oh, not that old eh? Turn back the clock a few hours and let them stay up until “midnight”. Really it’s only 9 or 10.
PJ’S AND PIZZA
Make a pizza and watch a family movie together wearing your pajamas. Leave enough time for a countdown. Once the countdown is over, you’ve already got the kids dressed for bed!
Have your family use some slips of paper to write out fortunes. You can put them on the table for your New Year’s Day meal and everyone at the table can draw one out of a bowl.
Resolve to speak kindly. love immensely and laugh daily!
HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR. HAPPY 2013.