December 23, 2015 in Holiday Style
New Year’s Eve is a very different experience once you have kids. The notion of a see-where-the-night-takes-you plan is out the window when little ones are part of the celebration. Instead, a structured evening is the best approach. But it doesn’t mean you still can’t have fun! Plan little surprises throughout the evening for them and plan on lots of snacks and probably a few yawns. If all else fails, you can always rent the Minion movie and pop some popcorn. Here, some fun ideas and activities for celebrating New Year’s Eve with kids.
DIY Noise Makers
No question, one of the best parts about New Year’s Eve for kids is the fact you get to make some noise! Sure there are countless horns, blowers and the like you can pick up at a party store, but why not make use out of some bubble wrap sitting in your basement? We love this fun tip from Martha Stewart. Paint the flat side of the bubble with a festive colored marker and put a white runner or some white paper underneath. Then when it’s time to make some noise, let the little ones jump to their heart’s content.
Ballon Pop Countdown
Blow up balloons for every hour–or half hour–you’ll be celebrating and let the kids pop them themselves. If the kids are going to stay up until midnight, create balloons for every 15 minutes starting at 11:00pm.
Get kids in the New Year’s Eve spirit with alcohol-free spirits. Sparkling apple cider is a no-brainer, but we’re into the idea of creating a signature mocktail for the evening. An Appaman favorite is the Tom & Jerry, where you spoon a big heap of beaten egg and sugar batter over a cup of hot water. Kids love it because they basically get a cup of sticky drinkable sugar.
Photo Booth Time
You’d be hard pressed to find a kid that doesn’t love dress-up time. Create a fun DIY photo booth with a bunch of funny props and costumes then put up a white bed sheet for the backdrop. Have the adults take turns snapping pics. Not only is it a blast for the kids, but you’ll have some awesome pics to commemorate the night.
New Years Eve Outfit Ideas for Kids
As a rule, if it sparkles, it’s New Year’s Eve worthy! But if your little girl is not so into sparkle, we love the idea of pairing a tuxedo jacket over a tuxedo blouse with a pair of pants or even skinny jeans. For more traditional girlie-girls, let her ring in 2016 in a fun and festive dress, like the Appaman Confetti Dress or our groovy Mod Dress. Boys can get into the act by adding a cool pair of suspenders and a bowtie to jeans and a button down shirt. He can also get major style points for wearing a sharp blazer over his favorite graphic tee.
For more holiday fun ideas with kids, check out our Pinterest Holidays With Kids board.