Creative Ideas For Celebrating New Year’s Eve At Home!

New-Years celebrationI don’t know about you….but I’m not much of a New Year’s Eve partier.

Since moving to a smaller town several years ago, we now live a good 30-45 minutes away from the “big city”, and the prospect of driving that far on “the deadliest night of the year” has never been very appealing.

But staying home on New Year’s doesn’t have to be boring…not by a long shot!  Here are a few creative ways to make the evening special even though the surroundings are familiar.


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Countdown Bags – The Idea Room

A fun family activity to count down to the New Year. Simply fill your bags with ideas to do every hour leading up to the big event. At the designated hour, have your child open up the bag to reveal the task inside. Some bag filler ideas….treats, disposable cameras, a new movie to watch, craft kits, noisemakers and confetti, etc!


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Printable New Year’s Party Hats – ellinee

Ring in the New Year with style wearing these fun and FREE printable new years party hats! They are super easy to make and are sure to be a hit at your New Year’s bash.


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20 Questions for a New Year’s Eve Reflection – InCourage

Free printable with 20 questions to use as a springboard to reflect on the past 365 days. For you, for the kids, or for the whole family. Great idea!


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Good Luck Grapes – Party Bluprints Blog

Do like the Spaniards do and eat grapes at midnight for good luck! Thread 12 grapes on a skewer for each guest and serve in a tall champagne flute.


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Balloon Drop

DIY Balloon Drop –

What could be more festive than a balloon drop!? Make a homemade balloon drop and at midnight pull the string and let the balloons fall. Kids and adults alike will LOVE it!


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New Year’s Eve BINGO! – Hip Hip Hooray Blog

Free printable New Year’s Eve BINGO game that you can play while you wait for the ball to drop on TV!


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Future Letter To Yourself and New Year’s Intention Journal –

Another free printable to get the creative juices flowing. Write a letter to your FUTURE YOU with the help of this form. Also, download a fun journaling page to get MORE ideas flowing.


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Bubbly Jell-O –

Toast the New Year with a cool, sparkly dessert that wiggles and jiggles.


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Resolution Generator – Monina Velarde

A fun little web site for generating resolutions by designer Monina Velarde. Get ideas on what to do for the new year like “Tap my feet” or “Train to run a marathon”.


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Bubble Wrap Stomp –

Ring in the new year with this idea from Family Fun. Buy bubble wrap (the large bubbles work best) and spread out on a hard floor just before midnight. At the end of the countdown, stomp! It sounds like firecrackers and is a fun way to start the year.


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Fun Fizz Countdown –

Countdown each hour leading up to midnight with some “champagne” fizz fun using baking soda and vinegar. Your kids will be amazed!


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New Year’s Tree – Our Best Bites

Start a new family tradition! Strip your Christmas tree of all the decorations (except the lights) and dress it all back up again with inexpensive New Year’s decorations!


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Kid’s Resolution Printable – Thirty Handmade Days

Have kids fill out their answers, talk about setting goals, and reflect on memories from this past year.


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Marshmallow Countdown – The Decorated Cookie

Super easy EDIBLE countdown “clock”!  Simply write the countdown on marshmallows with edible pens. Such a cute and tasty idea!


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Milk and Cookies “Champagne Toast” for Kids – The Peak of Tres Chic

Let the kids in on the fun of “toasting” the New Year! A milk and cookies toast will make them feel extra special.


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New Year’s Eve Kit –

Hit your local party store for noisemakers, balloons, blowers, poppers and some sparkly confetti. Package it up in a party bag and attach to a bottle of Martinelli’s. Instant fun!


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New Year’s Eve Noise Makers –

A fun and easy kid’s craft that you can make with whatever you have lying around the house!


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Printable New Year’s Eve Photo Props – Infarrantly Creative

Photo props are a fun way to capture the excitement of the evening! We had photo props at our Christmas Party and it was a blast!


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Mini Marshmallow Shooters –  Real Simple

Gather up balloons, plastic cups, and mini marshmallows and make these really easy and inexpensive marshmallow launchers! Have a contest to see who can pop marshmallows the farthest or get the most into a bowl that’s a few feet away.


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I hope some of these ideas will get you enthused about ringing in the New Year at home. Let’s make this the best New Year’s Eve ever! :-)

Happy New Year everyone!!!


So what about you? Do you go out on New Year’s Eve or prefer to stay home?


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  1. Lisa R says

    What fun ideas. I wish I’d had them available when my kids were growing up. I guess I’ll just have to save them for the grandkids.

  2. says

    This is exactly what I needed, THANK YOU and HAPPY NEW YEAR Jillee!!! I like the tree decor as we never quite get ours down in time (we have 2 bdays tween Christmas n Jan 1). We’ve enjoyed questioning each other about goals and have a best of memory jar we open… Now we have even more fun ideas all in one (pinning)place to try!

  3. cindy says

    Thanks Jillee for the great ideas! I really love the more personal ones i.e. the reflection and intention letters as I will be a homebody in a quiet house tonight. The other fun ideas are ones I’d like to use perhaps next year, when I have planned ahead of time;)

    I found your blog several months ago, and I truly L.O.V.E it and the community found here. This is my *only* sure stop of the day:) and i look forward to all your ideas, new and archived!

    Happy New Year Jillee!~ thanks for being an inspiration for so many of us:D

  4. Cynthia says

    These are super cute and fun ideas. But they mostly sound like stuff to do when you have a New Year’s party at home, or have a large family.
    This year, it’s just going to be me and my fiancee celebrating. And our dog, who will probably be snoozing through midnight itself.
    We have decided to make it a low-budget night. We went and got some new movies to watch, and will be munching popcorn and Rice Krispie Treats made with peppermint marshmallows, and maybe some cookies if I decide to make them today. And maybe some eggnog milkshakes to wash them down. (Store-bought eggnog base, with vanilla ice cream. This is the way my family always makes it). My father received some red sparkling wine as a gift, that I doubt he’ll drink, so I may crack it open and try it. Other than that, it will be a fun evening curled up with the ones I love.

  5. CTY says

    Thanks for the great ideas. Haven’t done a eve party in years; but we do a New Year’s Day instead. The reflection sheet, resolution sheet and cup poppers will be part of our celebration.

    Ideas for teens: Our boys always planned a sleepover at a friends house who was close to another friends house–each house was designated boys or girls. They all celebrated together and when it was over (a pre-determined time) 1/2 walked over to their “sleep house”. They got to celebrate with friends and parents got “peace of mind”. No kids on the road.
    Also every kid brought their favorite serious munchie (hot pockets, bagel bites, soft pretzel bites etc.) and drinks.

  6. Tara W. says

    I’m not much of a New Year’s Eve partier either…mostly because I don’t like the crowds! So we usually stay home, watch movies and eat junk food!!

  7. Hazel says

    Thank you so much for the great ideas Jillee, hope you and your loved ones have a great time, wishing you many blessings in this new year :)

  8. Comet says


    An old tradition–Eating Lentil or Bean soups or stews=—said to bring as much money (think old gold coin shapes!) as you eat!!!! My mother always saved a ham bone and made lentil soup….But our big celebration was my mothers huge birthday party held on 30 December!!!!!!! The lentil soup and my French grandmere’s Champagne Punch were the centerpieces of the night.