Tomorrow night, we’ll celebrate the beginning of a new year! If you are like our family, you likely will be ringing in the new year surrounded by little ones. While they (and possibly you too) may not be awake at the stroke of midnight, you can easily throw a fun and kid-friendly celebration prior to bedtime on New Year’s Eve!
Personal pizzas: All you need are small pizza crusts (english muffins and pita bread also work), pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, toppings and some little helpers ready to create their own mini pizzas. Let them create their pizzas and then bake until the crust is brown and the cheese is melted. YUM!
Make-your-own snack station: Fill bowls with fun goodies (i.e. pretzels, mini marshmallows, dried cranberries, chocolate chips) and allow your little ones to create their own snack mix. You can use paper lunch sacks (we recommend cutting the top off to make them a bit shorter) and allow each kid to decorate their bag and write their name on it.
Chocolate fondue: You can buy one of those little counter top chocolate fountains or just put a stainless steel mixing bowl over a pot of boiling water on the stove, add some chocolate chips and a little bit of coconut oil (or other oil) and constantly stir until melted. Transfer the melted chocolate to one big bowl or little individual ones and let kids dip fun stuff like strawberries, marshmallows, cookies, etc. into it! It’s a bit messy but fun for everyone (adults included)!
Paper plate noise shakers: Put two paper plates together (facing one another). Fill with dried beans or rice. Then glue or tape the edges together (make sure it’s sealed so the contents don’t spill out). Decorate with stickers and ribbon and they are done! These make the perfect celebratory shakers!
Pipe-cleaner glasses: Take two pipe cleaners and make each one into a circle. Then, cut another one into a short piece to connect the two circles together. Finally, take two more pipe cleaners and wrap each one around the outside of each circle to create the “stems” of the glasses. Kids will love creating and wearing these all night long!
The official countdown!
Since we know most little ones likely won’t make it to midnight, nor do their parents want them to, you can do the countdown earlier in the evening with the kids thanks to Netflix. They are offering ten different versions of the countdown for little ones. Here’s a video trailer they’ve created about their countdowns. If you don’t have Netflix, there is also a free YouTube countdown here.
No matter how you choose to celebrate New Year’s Eve this weekend, may it be filled with fun, family and laughter! Happy New Year’s from our family to yours! See you in 2017!