When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, how will you and your loved ones be celebrating? Days like this can seem extra long for your kids, if they plan on staying up to ring in the holiday with you. Whether you find the perfect local event to attend or choose to throw a party of you own, get a jumpstart on your planning and consider taking up some of our tips to help keep your family friendly New Year’s gathering a happy one for all who are involved.
To help get your creative juices flowing while planning for your upcoming holiday gathering, keep the following suggestions in mind:
- While Parents and other family or friends toast for the night away, have a fun drink setup for your younger attendants to also indulge in, like a combo of cookies and milk or a sweet sip of sparkling fruit cider. Treats like these, can really make the night feel special for kids that might not really understand what they are celebrating, this time of year.
- Depending on the age range of your kids, you may want to consider designating a time to nap in the afternoon to accommodate for the late night ahead. This will help increase the chances of them making it to the midnight countdown without falling asleep.
- Plan games to keep kids and older guests engaged and busy as the night goes on. Kids might appreciate crafting their own New Year’s party hats or creating a time capsule representing their year. You can even plan an activity around friends sharing their plans or resolutions for the year
- You might want to invite your kids’ friends over for a slumber party so that they can keep each other company while you can socialize with their parents and other guests. Keep some kid friendly themes in mind like making it a pajama party for the little ones.
- Plan a fun and festive meal to share with all of your guests. Small finger foods can be the perfect size for your kids to snack on when eating at later times in the night.
No matter what you end up doing, keep in mind that this day is a great opportunity for you to and you family to reflect on the year and all the memories that you have made together. So before we say hello to 2013, let us know what you have in mind for the last big night of 2012.