New Year’s Eve With Kids
For the fourth year in a row we’re hosting a family-friendly New Year’s Eve party with our friends. I shared some great ideas last year, but thought I’d throw out a few more for your viewing pleasure for the 07-08 party.
This year since we’ve moved to a place with quite a bit more room than our last home, we added two other families to the celebration. The attendees count is now at twelve adults and seventeen children ranging from 2 – 10 years old. The party may or may not be fun but it will almost certainly be loud.
In an effort to keep the kids engaged I have a few very simple activities we’ll do with them to keep them reasonably entertained. I’ve learned from experience, seventeen children with nothing to focus on quickly attempt to commit anarchy and the result is very unpleasant on the ears, even with expanded square footage.
This simple noisemaker would be fun to make and because kids love noise, a rewarding activity for them. This kids’ noisemaker version is a little more complicated but awfully cute and without the tin can, perhaps a little more tolerable for adults.
At midnight we’ll push the furniture out of the way and line the floor with bubble wrap so the kids can stomp in the New Year. You can find bubble wrap in bulk at some office supply stores, one chain in my area sells a large box of it but the other chain does not, call ahead and ask. From experience larger bubbles pop far easier with a much greater sound.
As a party favor I’ll be sending home every family with a container of black eyed peas in carry out containers. Eating black eyed peas to ring in the new year is an old southern tradition, said to bring luck in the year.
The first year we hosted this party we planned to have a 10pm “Pretend New Year’s” with our kids, at 12:30am they were still awake. We don’t even make a fake-out attempt anymore. Though we do try to ply them with a steady stream of movies and lots of sleeping bags and pillows.
How do you include your kids in your New Year’s Eve celebration?