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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
DIY Balloon Drop - momblog.momschoiceawards.com
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!
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!
Future Letter To Yourself and New Year’s Intention Journal - Lolalina.com
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.
Bubbly Jell-O - Spoonful.com
Toast the New Year with a cool, sparkly dessert that wiggles and jiggles.
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”.
Bubble Wrap Stomp - Pinterest.com
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.
Fun Fizz Countdown - InspiredByFamilyMag.com
Countdown each hour leading up to midnight with some “champagne” fizz fun using baking soda and vinegar. Your kids will be amazed!
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!
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.
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!
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.
New Year’s Eve Kit - inchmark.squarespace.com
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!
New Year’s Eve Noise Makers - DomesticCharm.com
A fun and easy kid’s craft that you can make with whatever you have lying around the house!
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!
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.
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!!!