When New Year’s Eve comes around our childless couples and single friends lament the loss of our freedom. There’s a sence that once you have kids, you can’t really enjoy New Year’s Eve the way it’s meant to be celebrated. I say we just change the way we ring in the New Year. Celebrating the start of another year full of milestones and adventure is a perfect occasion for families. We’ve gathered 20 ideas to make your celebration fun and memorable for the whole family.
If you know a family with a new baby? Follow InchMark’s lead and create a New Year’s Eve Kit for an at-home celebration while baby naps.
Growing a Jeweled Rose shares 20 ideas to celebrate New Year’s Eve with the kid.
Get ready for when the clock strikes midnight with these fun DIY New Year’s Eve party shakers from Teach Mama.
Create excitement around the build-up to midnight (or wheneer you plan on celebrating the New Year) with The Idea Room’s New Year Countdown Activity Bags. Create a bag for each hour with a fun activity.
Hip Hip Hooray shares their Top 10 ideas for celebrating the New Year with the kids. Perhaps their ideas will inspire your own.
New Year’s Eve is a great time to remameber the current year before moving into the New Year. Try Today’s Mama idea of an End of the Year Time Capsule Questionnaire (including a free printable).
Add a Hollywood Celebrity style to your family’s New Year’s Party with these 10 ideas shared on Tip Junkie.
Take a festive approach to fortune telling with Better Hom and Garden’s Fortune Telling balls idea.
Free People shares 3 easy DIY New Year’s Eve party favors, including hats and confetti horns to add to your fun.
Serving pop or juice (or other beverages for the adults)? Ellinée Journal shares some printable bottle labels that add a festive feel to your celebratory drinks.
A New Year’s Eve Party isn’t complete without noisemakers. AlphaMom shares a fun New Year’s NoiseMakerthat kids can help you make.
It’s amazing how quickly the year passes, especially with kids. U Create with Kids shares the idea of making a Time Capsule for capturing special moments from the past year and wishes for the year ahead. Next New Year’s Eve, you can open and share as a family and start a new capsule.
Start the New Year off on a lucky streak with these Lucky DIY scratch tickets from Teach Mama.
Have a stash of birthday hats in your drawer? Wedding Chicks share a great tutorial on turning these ordinary party hats into something full of glitter and sparkle to wear during your family New Year’s Eve party.
An inexpensive New Year’s Eve decoration idea is this dated glitter New Year’s Candle shared by Celebrations.
Have fun capturing your family’s New Year’s Eve Party fun with these free photo prop printables from Infarrantly Creative.
Don’t have time to great creative with a DIY party hat project? Elliée shares these printable 2013 party hats, both a crown and cone design. Just print and put together.
Get ready for midnight with the lyrics to Auld Lang Syne. And while you wait for the New Year to arrive, why not gather the family around to sing a few of your holiday favourites. We’ve collected over 60 lyrics to some of our favourite Christmas carols.
New Year’s Resolutions don’t have to just be for the adults. Free Kids Crafts shares a fun hand print resolution that the kids can do at the party.
Ring in the New Year with some of these 10 great mocktail recipes that both kids and adults will enjoy:
- Broke and Chic ‘s Lemon Berry Mojito plus four other mocktail recipes
- Sugar Bean Baker’s New Year Rising Mocktail
- Rawmazing’s Fresh Cranberry Ginger Orange Punch
- Little Kitchen’s Frost Bite Mocktail
- eCurry’s Pomegranate Cooler
- La Fuji Mama’s Virgin Muddled Kiwi Mohito
- Cupcakes and Kale Chips’ Cranberry Sparkler Mocktail
- Seventeen’s Apple Glow
- Simple Bites’ Pomegranate Sparklers
- Dean and Bettie Vintage’s Sweet ‘N Salty Chocolate Spice Cocoa
For the adults, we also have a selection of cocktail recipes you can shake-up.
Whether you’re planning on ringing in the New Year at 7 p.m. for the little kids to enjoy or staying up until midnight with the whole family, New Year’s Eve can be a fun family affair. How do you celebrate the start of the New Year?