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Planning a New Year Eve party? Here is how you can make your New Year celebrations kid friendly

Amruta Deshpande Amruta Deshpande 5 Mins Read

Amruta Deshpande Amruta Deshpande


The New Year calls for celebration. While you get busy making plans, ensure that your children have as much fun as everyone else. Here are some wonderful kid-friendly party ideas to ring in the New Year with joy

Toddler to 18+
Planning a New Year Eve party? Here is how you can make your New Year celebrations kid friendly

Hot chocolate, funny props, and the excitement of a countdown -  children love these while celebrating the end of a year and the beginning of a new one. New Year's Eve is a celebration for everyone, but most end-of-the-year parties are planned for grownups. And while the kids may be allowed to these parties, they usually end up getting bored. Otherwise, they go to sleep before midnight and do not get to witness the excitement of heralding the new year.

This year, plan something for your little angels and watch them have the time of their lives. Make it more than just about popcorn, pizza, and fizzy drinks. Make your party memorable by adding some fun games or DIYs. Don't fret if there is a little mess; the smiles you get will be worth it.

Cookies and milk

Here is a twist to your regular party. Children love the anticipation and waiting for the clock to strike at 12 a.m. Is there a better way to help them toast the New Year than with some milk and cookies? For extra excitement, get your little ones to bake the delectable cookies with your help and decorate them with frosting, icing sugar, or sprinkles. You can also stir up some hot chocolate with marshmallows. Let your kids use their imagination to get creative. If your children are still in preschool and might get sleepy, have a mock countdown for them before their bedtime and schedule the milk and cookie toasting a little earlier.

Photo booth

While candid photos are awesome for memories, there is a different charm to photos taken in a photo booth. Just think how cute those silly, adorable photos would be. Instead of hiring someone to make a photo booth, you can do a pocket-friendly booth by yourself at home.

DIY Photobooth
All you need is a curtain holder, three rolls of wrapping paper, ribbons, scissors, and a cozy corner.
Put the ribbon through one roll of wrapping paper and tie both ends of the ribbon to the curtain rod.
Take the second roll of the wrapping paper and tie it next to the other paper.
Repeat the same procedure with the third roll and tie it in front of both the previous rolls which you have already attached to the curtain rod. Now pull the paper down as per your requirement.
Voila! Your photo booth is ready.

Now all you have to do is put on some props and take photos. You can take props like cowboy hats, party hats, mustaches, goggles, pirate hats, etc. The kids would have tons of fun taking photos at this photo booth. You can even ask them to help you out with the preparation.

Party poppers

A party is incomplete without a party popper. However, the store-bought poppers are not exactly kid-friendly. What if we say that you can involve the kids in making your own party poppers? Tell them, the party poppers they made would be used during the midnight and let them get to work.

DIY Party Popper
You will need empty cardboard toilet paper tubes, balloons, confetti and glitter, scissors, and sellotape.
Take an empty toilet tube and stick colorful paper on its outer surface.
Take a balloon and tie it securely at the mouth. Then cut it horizontally, down the middle.
Now attach the cut open end of the balloon to one side of the toilet paper tube in such a way that the balloon is wrapped around the tube.
Stick the edges of the balloon to the toilet paper tube. This way the balloon won't come out when you pull it.
Put the confetti and glitter inside the roll. You can make confetti by cutting some scrap paper into tiny pieces.
Your party popper is ready. Now you just have to pull on the balloon, and the confetti will spill out.

As the clock strikes twelve, get all the family members to stand in a circle and pop the glitters and confetti.

Countdown bags

These bags are a great way to keep the fun going on until midnight. Not only would it keep the kids engaged, but it would also keep the excitement levels high. Just take some paper bags for each person. If you have some old watches or timers at home, attach these to the bags and time the party from the start until midnight. Each paper bag can contain either games or tasks, or just little gifts for the children. So, when the clock strikes the hour on the paper bag, you have to switch to the game or get the gift. You can make common bags for everyone, or every person can get personalized bags. It will be fun to watch the little ones' faces when they pull out their games and gifts.

Themed party

Choose a theme that goes with the festive spirit of the season and plan your kid-centric party around it. You could choose from a snow theme, a color theme (red and white), or a pajama party for your kid and her friends. Decorate the house accordingly and get the children to dress up in tune with the chosen theme. Be it an adult party or kids party, having a theme, never fails. Have a themed counter at one end, where children can go to pick up goodies and sweet treats.

Movie marathon

Everyone loves watching films. If you are planning to bring in the New Year just lounging at home with your family, why not make it a special affair? Plan a movie night until midnight, or until your kids stay awake. Make your living room a comfy place. Make mock forts using pillows and blankets, choose your family's all-time favorite movies, get popcorn, homemade pizza, and cookies. It would be a smashing success, and imagine all the fun you would have.

Treasure hunt

Who doesn't love a good treasure hunt? If it is possible, involve your child's friends from the neighborhood in this fun game or just make it a family affair. Give the children some cryptic puzzles and let them find the final prize. If possible, organize it in such a way, that the children get the bumper prize a few minutes before midnight. Won't that be an adventurous way to start a new year?

These amazing ideas will make your New Year party a fun-filled one for both kids and adults, and everyone will remember the beautiful festivities for a long time.

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