22 Fun New Year’s Eve Party Ideas!

by Melissa

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Fun New Year’s Eve party ideas for your celebration at home! 

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NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY IDEAS 

Ready to throw a New Year’s Eve party to remember? These fun New Year’s Eve party ideas are perfect for the whole family! 

1. MAKE FONDUE 

The easiest chocolate fondue you’ll ever make. Here’s the recipe. 

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2. BANG POTS AND PANS AT MIDNIGHT

Start the new year off with a bang, literally. Grab pots and pans and make some noise outside at midnight. 

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3. HAVE A TOAST

Martinelli’s are non-alcoholic, making this a great New Year’s toast option for your whole family! 

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4. PLAY MINUTE TO WIN IT GAMES

Minute to Win It games are great New Year’s Eve party ideas because chances are you have everything you need to play already at home. Here’s top 20 minute to win it games and a free printable with all the game ideas so you can be ready to play at a moment’s notice! 

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5. MAKE PHOTO BACKDROP

Grab some gold or silver streamers and a New Year’s banner to create a festive New Year’s Eve party photo wall! 

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6. DANCE PARTY

Turn on your favorite dance party music and dance! 

7. NEW YEAR’S EVE COUNTDOWN BAGS 

Countdown to midnight with a surprise activity, game, or snack! Get the free printables and activity ideas for each hour right here. 

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8. CREATE A TIME CAPSULE 

Best New Year’s Eve party ideas must include a time capsule! Grab these 1-page printable Time Capsule sheets to fill out. Put them in an envelope or box to open on the next New Year’s Eve! 

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9. LET KIDS STAY UP LATE

One of my favorite New Year’s eve traditions was getting to stay up as late as we wanted! If you don’t think that’s a good idea, have a faux midnight countdown and send kids to bed earlier. 

 

10. WATCH FAMILY VIDEOS FROM THE YEAR 

Gather all your family videos from the year and watch them while you wait until midnight! 

 

11. PLAY CARD GAMES

New Year’s Eve is a great time to play all those new Christmas games! Here’s a list of our all-time favorite family games to play. 

 

12. DO SPARKLERS 

Light up some sparklers to celebrate the New Year! Buy sparklers here. 

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13. DO A NEW YEAR’S GIFT AUCTION

One of our favorite New Year’s Eve party ideas is a Gift Auction! Have everyone bring a few gifts to auction off and let the bidding begin! Here’s all the details for this white elephant gift auction. 

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14. ITALIAN SODA BAR

Set up a fun Italian Soda bar…grab a few different syrups to let everyone create their own combinations. Get the Italian Soda recipe here. 

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15. DECORATE WITH FUN BALLOONS 

 

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16. PLAY NEW YEAR’S CHARADES 

Play charades with these New Year’s words. 

17. DIY COUNTDOWN BALL-OON

If you can’t be in Times Square for New Years Eve, make your own ball to drop at midnight. DIY Countdown Ball directions here. 

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18. EAT CAKE AT MIDNIGHT 

Have a Happy New Year cake at midnight! Use sparkler candles to start the new year with a bang! 

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19. SET NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS/GOALS 

Make and keep track of New Year’s Resolutions with these goal worksheets for the entire family

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20. DO A PINATA 

Don’t want to do a ball drop? Do a pinata instead! Buy pinatas here. 

 

21. EAT YUMMY APPETIZERS 

Eat the night away….these yummy New Year’s appetizers will keep you going until midnight. 

 

22. DO A ROOT BEER TASTE TEST 

Ever wondered what our favorite brand of root beer is? Have a Root Beer taste test party on NYE. Here’s how to do it. 

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23. TAKE A NEW YEAR’S PICTURE

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Which New Year’s Eve party ideas will you use to celebrate the New Year? 

 

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