I 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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Whether you make these confetti shooters from push pop containers (which you may be able to find at Target, but can for sure find on Amazon) or simply place small plastic boxes or glasses filled with confetti around the house, this is a fun way for you and your guests to celebrate when the clock strikes midnight!
This craft only takes about 20 minutes and you probably have everything you need for them around the house. Break open the noise makers at midnight (or 9pm if that is your midnight) and eat the candy!
Setting goals and intentions for the year ahead is an inspiring way to celebrate! Set out a vase full of these cute little cards and invite your guests to put some thought into their year to come.
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!
These would be so cute either as a way to count down to the new year, or made into “2018.” So fun!
Fill the bag with everything for the perfect kiss at Midnight: bubbly, lip balm, sparklers, and, of course, some minty-fresh gum. These kits make great party favors for your New Year’s Eve Party.
They are the perfect way to ring in the new year so the whole family can join in on the fun. With just a few supplies and a couple of minutes you can have these fun bottles ready for your new years resolutions! Fill them with juice or milk and start the new year off right.
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.
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!
I don’t watch Minute-to Win-It on a regular basis, but these fabulous fun, games will sure to be a hit of any party! Hop on over and check out these fabulous game ideas
A creative twist on traditional confetti. Fill a plastic tube with confetti and hand them out to all your guests. With just a flick of the wrist the confetti propels out of the tube and goes everywhere. Perfect for new year’s eve, surprise parties or weddings!
Gather every pillow, sheet, and mattress and bring the comfy party to the living room. Order in some pizza and put on your favorite movie and enjoy a relaxing and cozy New Year’s Eve in your pajamas. This idea will particularly be a sure-shot hit if you have young kids at home.
Originating in Spain, many Latinos usher in their New Year (or Año Nuevo) by eating 12 grapes at each stroke of midnight on December 31st. It’s a Spanish tradition that promises prosperity and good luck in the new year – and who doesn’t need a little good luck in their lives?
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!
Free printable New Year’s Eve BINGO game that you can play while you wait for the ball to drop on TV!
Sparkling donuts are perfect for a New Year’s Eve Party or New Year’s Day Breakfast! The best part? They’re store bought! Easy, quick, and extraordinary.
This Scavenger Hunt will keep the kids busy until midnight searching for things on their list. Little ones can simply put an X on items as they find them. Have older kids at the party use their smartphones and challenge them to take photos of each of the items on the list.
Toast the New Year with a cool, sparkly dessert that wiggles and jiggles.
If you’re going to be throwing your own party this year then why not jazz up the decor even more by adding these fun, colorful labels?! These would even work for any party, not just new year!
Ring in the new year with this fun idea the kids of all ages will love! 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.
Create an edible clock (with moveable cookie hands!) with each tiny cake representing the final hours before the New Year (store-bought cupcakes would work just fine!) Add party hats and noisemakers, and you’ve got a celebration at any hour.
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!
Transfer M&Ms from one plate to another, using a straw. Extra bonus at the end? You get to eat all the M&Ms … what’s not to love about that?
Every year, visitors from around the world write their wishes for the New Year on colorful pieces of paper and attach them to the Wishing Wall called “Hopes and Dreams” located in Times Square. The wishes are then collected and added to the one ton of confetti that flutters down at midnight onto the crowd gathered in Times Square.
Make your own version of the Wishing Wall by designating an area on a wall where your guests can post their wishes on post-it-notes. The more festive the colors, the better!
Let the kids in on the fun of “toasting” the New Year! Grab some plastic champagne flutes, get everyone their favorite cookies, and when midnight strikes, the kids can toast, as well!
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!
This game is a great way to get the party conversation started with questions like: Best Song of the Year, Best Movie of the Year, Most Embarrassing Moment, etc. The questions will get your friends and family thinking back on their favorite moments of the year. One of my favorite questions is Best Piece of Advice You Were Given This Year.
Ring in the New Year with this fun noisemaker! These New Year’s bells made with silver bells, golden yarn and wrapping paper are genius.
Photo booths can be really easy to set up, all you need is some kind of backdrop, props, and a camera. The backdrop could be something as simple as a table cloth hung from the ceiling, and the props could be something as easy to find as crazy scarfs or glasses. If you’re looking to create more of a professional looking booth, special New Year’s Eve props can be found at many party stores, as well as online. I found this adorable champagne bottle prop on Etsy! :-)
This New Year’s Eve Printable is perfect for that special midnight “kiss”! A super easy party favor!
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!
Gather up balloons, cake pop containers (or plastic cups would work too), 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! :-)