Tips for Enjoying a Family Fun New Year’s Eve

I love New Year’s!  But then again, if you have been reading this blog for some time, you realize I pretty much love any cause for a celebration or a holiday.  Each holiday has their own special feel to them and for me, New Year’s is all about a fresh and excited feeling.  After all the coziness of Christmas, I think of New Year’s as bright, clean and fresh. Most importantly, New Year’s can be simple and still so much fun.

I have never been a huge going out person for New Year’s. I did it a few times but I prefer the family and friend gatherings at home.  Since having B, our New Year’s Eves are definitely designed with family fun in mind.  We decorate, eat fun food and play.  Here are a few of our top ideas for a family New Year’s. What are yours?

Invite friends and family over for an early gathering  

This year, we will head to a friends’ home to have a family friendly New Year’s Eve party that starts at 4:00 pm.  The countdown and toast will be at 5:00 pm.  They tell us that we will count down when Germany is welcoming in New Year’s. After some serious play time and laughs, we will all head to our homes a little after six. BRILLIANT IDEA!

We will then continue the party at our house by…

Sparklers and decorations

Decorating for New Year’s

Decorations are key!  Making your home look like New Year’s is what makes the evening festive.  Sure you can go all out and DIY stuff with Pinterest suggestions but as a mom of a three-year-old during the Christmas season, I prefer the simple route. Yes, I will be picking up a party pack of decorations at the local dollar store.

Also, some time in the evening we will bundle up to step outside to watch Daddy put on a simple sparkler show.  Something about being outdoors and seeing sparklers on New Year’s Eve just increases the magic especially through a little one’s eyes!

Game night  

Since our little man is now 3, he received a lot of games for Christmas just in time for a family game night for New Year’s Eve!  I am really looking forward to a Chutes and Ladders and CandyLand marathon!

On our menu…

You have to have fun party food along with a special wine and a fun drink for the little ones.  After all, most diets start after tonight so eat up!  Some fun food that might be found at our home that night include:

Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites

Cheddar Ranch Dip

Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

Hot Loaded Potato Dip

Cranberry Apple Spritzers (mocktail version for the kiddos)

New Year’s Eve Popcorn 

Dance party

Keep the energy up! Nothing like a silly, family dance party to keep the party going!  We usually have a New Year’s music special on the TV while we dance it up!

Movie night

Okay so I have to admit this suggestion will not be on our agenda but I included it because some families have this ritual for New Year’s. However, if I want to see any resemblance of midnight, I can’t do it.  I fall asleep if I sit still for more than 30 minutes…mama of a 3-year-old…do I need to say more?

Early countdown

Out for New Year’s

Let’s face it, none of us may make it to midnight although we will try.  Last year, our typical night owl child made it to about 8:00 pm. We don’t want him to miss the excitement of the night so will do an early countdown just for him!

New Year’s Day: 2018

New Year’s Day Mimosas

The next day we will welcome 2018 with mimosas and a late family lunch. The stars of the meal will be pork, black eyed peas and cabbage.  All musts in a Southern family’s home. The day will be a lazy one spent watching football, parades and of course, HGTV’s Dream Home sweepstakes show.  We will have moments to reflect on the happy moments of 2017 and anticipate the joy to come in the new year.   Cheers to a 2018 full of health, joy and love!

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